A true gourmand’s pleasure

Great news for food and wine Lovers: you’ll be happy to discover the new Food&Drinks items created by Svinando. CircleMe has partnered with Svinando Wine Club, the italian online community about quality food and wine, that has provided content on 150 new items about wines and recipes.

Svinando Wine Clube Profile on CircleMe

All the items feature products from Italy carefully selected by the Svinando experts, so if you have a passion for food and wine you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to ‘Like’ on CircleMe the product you love in order to be updated on any news that will be posted about the item: recipes, articles, videos…

The CircleMe Team is enthusiastic about this collaboration that has brought new quality content to the platform and visibility to Svinando. If you may be interested in having your content published on CircleMe to reach and engage our users with your products or activities, don’t hesitate to get in touch at partnerships@circleme.com! We’ll be happy to hear your proposal and to discuss it.

For all the people who have mastered an interest or are very passionate about a topic there is also the opportunity to become the curator of an item: if you are interested you’ll find more information here.

So stay tuned as there will be more exciting news soon!

Prosit!

CircleMe Team

A new tech geek at CircleMe

A big part of CircleMe is all the technology behind the website and the apps you actually use. All that makes CircleMe work is developed in-house by our tech team. This is why we needed to strengthen the developers team with a new talented person.
And along came Stefano, who joined CircleMe recently as a back-end developer and he is specialized in Ruby on Rails development. He heard about CircleMe while he was in London and fell in love with the project and with the mission.

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He says: “I was very excited to join the team and I want to work hard to make our dreams come true. I feel good when I work in start-ups, I love to do different things and learn new stuff. In CircleMe my opinion evidently matters, as the team’s culture pushes for true collaboration and team-work, and this certainly was one great reason to join the team.”

Stefano is passionate about technology since he was a child. One of his dreams has always been to work with computer devices like Arduino because he wants to get into the details when it comes to computers and electronic devices: he’s fascinated by the Internet of Things and has the ambition to create physical devices working with external interfaces.

Being a real advocate of Arduino technology, Stefano is also the curator of the Arduino item on CircleMe.

There is much more to know about Stefano – for example, if you see his CircleMe Personal Card or online profile (http://circleme.com/stefanosalvucci) you can easily spot that he has many other interests in life: ACDC, legophotography (…).

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Stefano’s bedside reading is Steve Jobs biography “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, so there is no better way to welcome him to CircleMe than:

stay hungry, stay foolish and #bewhatyoulike!

by CircleMe Team

A tribute to Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado, one of the greatest conductors of all times, has died in Bologna today. He was 80 years old.

Born in Milan on June 26, 1933 he was the son of a violin teacher. The first major recognition came in 1958, when he won the first prize at the Koussevitsky competition in Tanglewood, Massachusetts. After this award, he conducted the New York Philharmonic, the following year he made his debut in Trieste, and in 1960 he conducted for the first time at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he served as its music director from 1968 to 1986 conducting not only the traditional Italian repertoire but also presenting a contemporary opera each year. He also founded the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in 1982.

Claudio Abbado

In 1989 the Berliner Philharmoniker elected him as their chief conductor, to succeed Herbert von Karajan. At the end of his last concert with the Berliner in 2002, the audience threw him four thousand flowers and greeted him with thirty minutes of applauses. Since 2004 he has been the musical and artistic director of the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna.

Claudio Abbado strongly believed in the therapeutic function of music. He was an open-minded innovator in the difficult world of classical music, a real dreamer. An artist we’ll all miss.

R.I.P. Maestro.

CircleMe Team

A new friendly face at CircleMe

As CircleMe continues to grow its vast network of interests, the need to bring awesome content to our users based on their likes becomes paramount. For this important task, we are super excited to introduce to the world and to our Circlers a new friendly face who in the last weeks has been hanging out  the office: Jelly! Jelly joins our team as a Content Manager, making sure you get the most relevant, coolest, up-to-date and unique content on all the passions you expressed on the platform.

But enough said from this ‘voice-over’: best to hear directly from Jelly as she tells us a bit about herself and why she seems to be enjoying her time in this little crazy world of CircleMe:

Content manager at CircleMe

“I am really excited to be part of the CircleMe team. Firstly, because the team is quite fun and motivated. Then, because I really enjoy my job, and while doing my daily tasks I even get the chance to discover numerous interesting things. As a matter of fact, being a content manager also means being updated on everything that is potentially of interest to the community and this is quite cool since at the same time my cultural awareness keeps on expanding.

If you take a look at my profile you’ll see that the highest level on my Reach Score is for the category ‘Food & Drinks’, and that’s simply because I love eating. Chocolate and sweets are among my top food. But I also love listening to music and watching movies. I listen to all kinds of music, from rap to rock. Here are some of my favourite singers: Queen, Pink, Macklemore… Same goes for the movies, and in my favourite movie list you’ll find Pulp Fiction, The Green Mile and Life is Beautiful. What I love about CircleMe is that it is not focused on the ‘user’ but on the specific ‘passion’. It’s great to share all my passions with other people I might not know but who do have my same tastes!

I hope CircleMe gets known by more people because it is quite a unique way to tap into your network of interests.”

 

Jelly's profile page on CircleMe

Feel free to contact Jelly just to say hello or to suggest some great content she should take a look at: she is always on the look out for the new interesting story which just hit the wires or that very original content to share with all passionate Circlers.

Happy 1st CircleBirthday!

Dear Circlers,

Today is a great day for CircleMe: It’s been 1 year since we launched CircleMe publicly on the 15th of March, 2012! This is a great feat for us, especially considering how difficult it is to create something as innovative as CircleMe that can stand the test of time.

CircleMe's 1st Birthday

CircleMe’s 1st Birthday

It’s been an extraordinary year as you can read in our summary of most notable events for CircleMe and more recently, we were in the Mobile Premier Awards 2013 in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress as one of the top 20 apps in the world!

We wanted to take this chance to thank you for your support with something creative. For this reason, we wanted to share this background image with all our Circlers that you can use in your own desktop: A year of a Galaxy of Likes with CircleMe 🙂 We hope you enjoy it.

CircleMe's Galaxy of Likes

CircleMe’s Galaxy of Likes (click on the image to download it)

Thank you for your support and happy CircleBirthday!  😉

CircleMe one of the Top 10 sites of 2012 according to All My Faves

As we turn the page on our calendars to the month of February, we don’t want to forget CircleMe‘s achievements in 2012. If you subscribe to this blog, you’ll be aware of many of them. However, there is something we hadn’t had the pleasure of sharing yet: CircleMe was selected as one of the Top 10 sites of 2012 on All My Faves.

This was great news for us especially because it was decided by public vote. That’s right: users like you made us one of the top 10 sites of 2012! 🙂

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If you’re not familiar with All My Faves yet, we recommend you give it a try: It lists the most popular and useful sites of the world by categories, which is a great way to know ‘what’s hot’ out there. And if you’d like to find out which other 9 sites made it to the top 10 of 2012, you can check them here.

Many thanks for your continuous support and… CircleOn!

A brand new look for item pages!

Every day CircleMe users are finding interesting content about their Likes, both on the activity page and from the item pages themselves. So today we’ve launched something very exciting: New item pages.

More visual and more engaging!

Now when you visit the page for one of your Likes, we’ve made it easy to see all the posts that other CircleMe users have shared on that item with the new item page layout. This is a great way to catch up on the latest news and videos related to your Likes, as well as checking out some of the shared views. As you scroll down the new item pages you’ll find all the content displayed in two columns, making it easier than ever for you to find interesting stories.

New item page

Only interested in seeing videos? You can filter the content by category, meaning that clicking on ‘Media’ would just show you all the shared videos.

Filtered content

Filtering to ‘Media’ using the new item page

But that’s not all, it’s now easier than ever to share something on CircleMe! Simply click on the new ‘Post’ button and you can share a view, a link, or a video, all from the same menu.

New posting view

We hope that you all like the new item pages, as you can use them to find and share interesting content and the new posting layout makes it really simple to start a conversation on any item on CircleMe. We’d love to hear what you think about the redesign! Get in touch with us by email at info@circleme.com, or by visiting our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

The latest addition to the CircleMe team!

Hi! It’s James from the CircleMe team. You might remember me as I joined recently and have been keeping our blog updated with all the latest news. Today I’m pleased to announce I’m no longer ‘the new guy’ at CircleMe ;- )

On CircleMe there are hundreds of thousands of Likes, Plants and To-Dos and it’s super-important for us to make sure it’s of the best possible quality for you to enjoy. This is a very important responsibility, which meant we had to find the right person for the role. For this reason, we’re very excited that Anna Maria has decided to relocate from the beautiful city of Paris to join our team in the Milan office!

I could tell you more about our new content manager Anna Maria and her likes since we’ve both been part of the CircleMe community for a long time, however, I thought it would be very fitting for Anna Maria to tell us a bit about herself and why she’s excited to be part of the team.

Anna Maria

Our new Content Manager: Anna Maria

I didn’t discover CircleMe by chance, but because I was looking for a different social network in which passions and interests would be more important than Photoshopped photos and number of friends. I was very excited to finally find a place on the web where one can meet people with similar interests and exchange opinions and I’m very excited to be here in Milan and participating in the CircleMe adventure! I’m been here just three days, but I’ve already understood that my number of Likes is going to rise very quickly; as a content manager I come across interesting items everyday, which I often suggest to my friends.

If you take a look at my CircleMe profile, you’ll see that I mostly have Likes about cinema and movies, plus 80% of my heroes are actors or film directors! But there are also some comic writers (more than half of my books are graphic novels!). Anyway, I think that the most interesting section of my likes is the ‘other’ category; maybe because I’m curious about many things and an expert about none! After all Circleme is the best place for curious people who wants to keep track of many different things at the same time.”

Anna Maria

Anna’s CircleMe profile

Introducing Plant Guides and our exciting partnership with Cibando


Partnership With Cibando

We know that our users enjoy finding interesting Likes around town using the Plant feature on CircleMe. However, we thought we could make them even more interesting and exciting, so we put our heads to work on improving this feature to help our users discover more high-quality plants.

Plant Guides

Announcing Plant Guides

What we came up with is something ground-breaking for CircleMe: The announcement of ‘Plant Guides’. As you will know, Plants are Likes associated to real-world locations. Thus, ‘Plant guides’ are collections of plants provided by selected partners.

This is a very important moment for CircleMe as it opens the door to the CircleMe ecosystem and potential partnerships, allowing other companies to distribute their content with the fast-growing CircleMe userbase, whilst providing you with more interesting Plants to discover.

Partnership with Cibando

The first partner will be leading restaurant finder app Cibando, which will bring you a collection of the best restaurants in Italy. (You can find out more about this partnership in our Press Center) But that’s not all! We’ve also added 2 more Plant Guides: Art Masterpieces and Boutique shops.

On the CircleMe iPhone app (got the latest version?), navigate to the brand new Plants page from the Menu button and you’ll find all the Plants near you. Now you can select the Guides button and see our 3 new collections.

The Cibando Plant Guide is the tastiest of the 3 as it showcases some of the best restaurants in Italy. It is also the one that excites us the most due to this great partnership, so don’t forget to have a look when you’re not sure where to grab lunch!

Plants on a map

Tap on the map to view Plants in full screen

The Art Masterpieces collection includes some of the most famous works of art in the world, all planted at the galleries where you can see them. From Whistler’s Mother to The Starry Night, the best Art Masterpieces are now planted on CircleMe!

Plants on a map

With the Art Masterpieces Plant Guide you can view art on a map

Finally, the Boutiques Plant Guide will take you on a trip to some of the most exclusive shops around the world, from independent jewelers to high-end tailors, you can find them all in our collection of Boutiques.

We hope Plant Guides help you enjoy CircleMe better, and don’t forget that you too can Plant cool things for others to discover! Not sure how to add a Plant? Don’t worry, our tutorial video will help you out. 

Ah! And don’t forget to check out our Twitter and Facebook accounts where you will find the latest CircleMe news :- )

Brand new tutorial videos


Helping You Get The Most Out Of CircleMe

We want everyone to be able to start circling their Likes and adding Plants and To-Dos on CircleMe. We thought long and hard about how best to show you all how to use all the awesome features on the site, and we decided to make some videos that explain them! We’re going to be using these videos on the site to show how the different features work, so let us know if you have any feedback or improvements :- )

We’d love to hear your thoughts! Send us an email at info@circleme.com and stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook for more CircleMe updates.