Lots of GIFs for Xmas!

Ready for the X-mas holidays? We hope you are… we are just few hours away!

This year, instead of filling your e-mail inbox with another digital card, we thought of saying Happy Holidays to you in a different way: with lots of GIFs! Gifts <> GIFs… get it? 😉

Yeap! That is the news: now you can post GIFs on CircleMe! Oh, that’s gonna be fun. We got some Circlers already publishing GIFs here and there, but from today things are official.

Publishing a GIF is super-easy: whenever you are writing a post on CircleMe, you can just paste the URL for the gif-image in the text box, and we will do the rest.

We think the timing is perfect, not just for the pun, but so to enable you to post fun animated images like the following. So, from today, help us discover some awesome gifs to share!

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Here a little post our team made today to wish everyone Happy Holidays: http://www.circleme.com/activities/2273146

We hope the X-mas break will make you rest, have fun, and enjoy family, friends and life in general!

Have fun with this little new feature on CircleMe.

 #bewhatyoulike… through GIFs!

 

Fashion Trends 2014 in an Infographic by CircleMe

Are you curious to know what might be trending in fashion this Christmas season? Which brands will win the race for coolest and most wanted fashion brands of 2014? Well, just look inside CircleMe’s interest-graph!

Thanks to the activity that (many) thousands of users do periodically on the platform, expressing preferences and intentions to consume for millions of diverse interests, we were able to collect some of this data focusing on a very “trendy” (especially during the Christmas shopping season) topic, Fashion.

Identifying a pool of 10,000 active Circlers with an interest in Fashion (ranging from 20 to 40 years old and distributed globally), we were able to rank the top high-luxury, pret-a-porter, accessible-fashion and other popular fashion brands for overall popularity and also for trending popularity (considering the last 12 weeks of activities on CircleMe).

Some of the results are visible in this Infographic we developed. We hope you enjoy it and share it on the web. As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on this.

#bewhatyoulike … also when you dress up! 😉

[Here the link to our post on CircleMe: http://www.circleme.com/activities/2230331

 

Trends in Fashion 2014 – Infographic by CircleMe (Nov.2014)

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The CircleMe Android app just gets better and better!

While we do not announce all our new product releases (e.g., so far in 2014 we had 15 releases for our Android app alone), we thought to mention at least some of the key innovations we brought to our Android app addicts in the last weeks. Together, these improvements and added features really make it for a top-notch mobile experience focused on all your interests.

To play with the new version of the app, go to GOOGLE PLAY now.

NAVIGATION SIMPLIFICATION

As we heard your feedback and your requests for simplification, we applied some key changes to the navigation structure. As a clear example, we allow now to access SEARCH and CALENDAR by a simple right or left swipe (you can access SEARCH from the Profile section and Calendar from the Discover section).

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Furthermore, we have simplified the Discovery section, which now splits just in two areas: ALL and PEOPLE. Not to worry though, if you want to access the PLANTS section, you just have to click on the overflow-menu on the top right of the screen.

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FRIENDLY TUTORIAL

As you access the app for the first time, we will welcome you with a tutorial which triggers itself only when there is something new to learn about the app. The tutorial consists of several tips showing just once per specific feature and which can be dismissed by a simple tap on the ‘GOT IT’ button.

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TRUSTING OTHER CIRCLERS

Next time you visit the Discover People section, you will be impressed by our little (but key) improvement to allow you to quickly decide who to TRUST on CircleMe. You will find the blue button visible on each user card, next to some key information about that user. If you know the person, or just think the user could be a good person to trust for his/her tastes, one simple click will connect you two. Make that BLUE button become GREEN: give it a try now!

 

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ADAPTIVE NAVIGATION BAR

You asked to get as much area of the screen dedicated to content as possible, and we did that for you! Of course. 🙂 Now, as you keep scrolling down in your Updates and Discover feeds, our navigation bar will ‘understand’ you have a priority (content!) and will get out of the way. How you get it back, you ask? Well, simple, scroll up and… ta-ta, hello again navigation bar! 

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OVERALL IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Lots of tweaks were done to the code to speed up the starting of the app as well as loading times for content in all the different sections of the application. To achieve this we have done some coding improvements, and we use a bit more cache memory, but still careful about not taking too much of your device memory filled up.

There are at least another 10 features and improvement projects for the past 8-12 weeks we are not mentioning here, but which you’ll be able to appreciate as soon as you get back on the app.

We look forward to having you use CircleMe more and more, and for you to keeping on sending us feedback at support [at] circleme.com so we can continue to develop the best interest-based platform people want and enjoy.

To get the new version of the Android app, go now on Google Play.

Enjoy the Circling!

#bewhatyoulike

 

 

The “checked card”: keeping the tab on what you read

For some time now you have been asking for features to improve the user-experience related with managing the quasi-infinite content we distribute on the site (we now publish more than 50,000 new content posts per month, related to any interest you can imagine).

From today, you have one more nifty feature to do that: we will show on your Updates feed all the articles that you have already read, so that you can visually see what’s left to read. Nothing too fancy: just a classy shading and a check mark.

Article already checked on CircleMe

Card already checked by a user on CircleMe

Our team has been using the feature for few days, and it seems to make quite a difference, without being visually too “loud”. We hope you will appreciate this new added feature. As usual, we love to hear your feedback, so just let us know (by writing to us at support at circleme dot com, tweeting us @circleme or commenting on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CircleMeTeam).

Enjoy the ‘checked card’ feature now!

#bewhatyoulike

CircleMe integrates with Spotify

On CircleMe there are now over 90,000 pages on music legends, rock bands, genres and singers. Any music interest that you can think of (from Lady Gaga to Giuseppe Verdi, from Adele to Pink Floyd, from Freddie Mercury to Dubstep or Hip-Hop) has probably a page on our platform.

From today, for the vast majority of these pages dedicated to Music, we have integrated also the fantastic Spotify service. Here below you can see how the Spotify integration looks like. A vertical card containing a playlist (provided by Spotify API’s) related to the specific music topic.

Spotify card for CircleMe

As you visit any interest page dedicated to Music, you might encounter any of these cards. In that case, to hear some music about that singer, band or genre of music, just click on the PLAY button and enjoy the stream (of course you have to signup to Spotify to use the service, but who wouldn’t want this awesome service, right?!).

Remember also that you can always use also our iTunes(TM) player and click on the button to go purchase the tracks directly on the iTunes Store(TM).

iTunes link from CircleMe

Try and check out this new service on the following interest pages if you like:

Lorde: http://circleme.com/items/lorde–2

Jay-Z: http://circleme.com/items/jay-z–5

Taylor Swift: http://circleme.com/items/taylor-swift–2

 

Time to enjoy some tunes!

#bewhatyoulike

 

Movie Reviews: check!

Did you mark some movies as ToDo’s on CircleMe (or you just did a Like for them)? Well, if you did… good job!

By doing this, you get lots of cool benefits as a consequence. You can find the movie in your Personal Calendar (here an example for the CircleMe Team user), when it’s releasing in your city. You can receive news on the actors, sequels, little scoops and gossip, and so on. Last, but surely not least, thanks to a great integration with Rotten Tomatoes(tm) now you can also get a great review of the movie, from the public and the critic, with some specific viewers comments and of course a link to Rotten Tomatoes(tm) to read more about the motion picture.

As an example, here is the review card for the movie The Devil Wears Prada:

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Sure that thousands of cinema fans will love this new addition to the Movies category, we wish you a great “cinematic experience” on CircleMe!

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CircleMe in Italiano!

An Italian speaker would say “Fantastico!”. Yes, because from today our beloved CircleMe platform on the web is fully translated in Italian. Any user of CircleMe from today will be able to set the user-interface to Italian just by visiting their settings and selecting Italian as the preferred language. We have already prepared more than 5,000 interests, 30,000 posts and 6,000 calendar events for our Italiano’s :).

Why Italian before other more popular languages? For a couple of reasons: on one side, Italy is the second most active country on CircleMe after the USA and just before the UK: on the other side, our company has strong roots in Italy and proudly we want all Italian-only speakers to be able to enjoy our platform to the fullest.

CircleMe in Italiano

With today we kick-off hopefully a process to localize our application in as many languages as possible, and as soon as we can. We have received requests to translate CircleMe in Spanish, French, Portuguese (BR), German, Thai and many other languages. We are a small team, so please be patient with us. If, on the contrary, you cannot wait for CircleMe to be translated in YOUR language and you want to help us, just write us a note at info [at] circleme.com and we will be super-grateful to welcome you as a “localization supporter”. 🙂

And now… enjoy our BELLISSIMO CircleMe!

#bewhatyoulike