Monday, 13 December 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
So we're 8 months on from our launch. What's happened? How is thingloop doing?
Who's using thingloop?
Sharing certainly seems to have global appeal, as there are thingloop users in 44 different countries. Although the majority of users are from the USA, UK, Canada and Australia.
What are people sharing?
People are listing and sharing all sorts of things, as last weeks addition of a cash register proved! Clothes was another thing that kind of surprised us.
The top 30 most common items listed, by category, is shown below. DVDs and books feature pretty heavily, which makes sense as they are both more common and lower value items. The actual borrowing stats reflect a broader range of items, featuring slightly more in the way of everyday practical items, like ladders, etc.
For me I think the best things so far are:
- Stories, like Esther's, of people using and loving thingloop.
- People sharing the vision
- People sharing!
- Actually getting my stuff back! I've got 24 things loaned out at the moment, and I know where all of them are. I'm sharing with zero stress, awesome.
Friday, 22 October 2010
We hope you like it, let us know what you think.
For those wondering about the iPhone app, it is coming. Thanks for your patience!
Thursday, 16 September 2010
PS. For those of you awaiting the iPhone app, fear not, it's coming. The Apple app submission process turned out to be more involved than we'd anticipated! Sorry for the delay.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Filter by lists
... from user profiles
This functionality is also available from user profiles, if you're connected to the user.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Q: Why did you start using thingloop?
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Q: Why did you start using thingloop?
I started using thingloop because it seemed to me to be the solution to a lot of problems, and that in solving those problems it would definitely make my life easier.
Q: What sort of stuff have you borrowed/lent on thingloop?
I would passionately recommend it for all the reasons I love it.
Monday, 5 July 2010
If you are a bit bamboozled as to what a tag is don't worry. A tag is a word that you would associate with an item, to help other people find it. For instance, for your hammer drill you might tag it as diy tool drill hammer cordless. This would help someone find out quickly what drills people are sharing with them.
Another example might be a romantic comedy DVD, in which case you might tag it as dvd film movie romcom, or something along those lines. This means that if someone is in the mood for a romcom they can just pop the tag in the search box and see what movies there are available, without having to browse through all the action, fantasy, scifi, etc, movies.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
- Add 10 new items - your friends are more likely to join you if you've got some stuff on the site
- Invite 10 friends to join - if you haven't already invite your friends to join
- Facebook wall updates - you can switch these on, in your profile settings, which will help let your friends knows about thingloop
During July we will also be working on a number of new features. We've got some cool ideas that we think will improve thingloop, but we'd really like to known what you think.
If you've got any ideas, seen something that you think could be improved or is just plain broken, then why not let us know? You can comment here, use the feedback feature on the site, or get involved in the discussion we've started on our Facebook page.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
The initial version is based on common questions you have asked us before. If you have a question which the help does not answer then let us know via the feedback tool, on the left of the site.
As usual, let us know what you think.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
But we're aware that a large number of our new users haven't managed to connect with many of their friends. This means that you're not yet enjoying any of the benefits of thingloop.
We are working hard on features to help you connect with your friends and get sharing. So we're really pleased to announce the release of our new email contact import feature (see the 'Friends' view). This enables you to retrieve your contacts from your email account and choose people to invite to join you on thingloop.
So why not give it a whirl, and let us know how you get on. Spread the word, and increase your loop.
So Monumental May was awesome, we saw a 1000% increase in the number of users, despite falling somewhat short of our £100k total of items.
We are expecting a large increase in the number of items on the site, as people begin connecting with more of their friends and have people to share with! Thanks for your patience and perseverance as we build critical mass.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
We've just released our initial integration with Facebook. This enables you to search for your Facebook friends on thingloop.
You may find that your initial search doesn't match many users. However, as your Facebook friends join thingloop we'll be able to match their Facebook and thingloop identities, and inform you of their arrival.
We working hard to add features that will help you connect with your friends on thingloop, as we know this is hampering some users getting sharing.
Follow us on Facebook
You can now follow us on Facebook, as well as Twitter.
We also want to say a big thank you for all the feedback we've received so far, and say we really appreciate your patience as we iron out some of the rough edges that exist.
We are using your feedback to help prioritise our todo list, so if you haven't already, then have your say!
Friday, 7 May 2010
So, if you've spotted any problems/glitches, thought of a cool new feature, have a question, or just want to tell us you think it's awesome, then let us know.
We're really keen to get you guys involved to help shape the future of thingloop.
Friday, 30 April 2010
That's why today, we're announcing project 'Monumental May': our aim is to get people to have loaded over £100k ($144k) worth of stuff onto thingloop by the end of May.
Is it possible? We think so. But we need your help. Want to be part of Monumental May? Here's a few ways you can help:
- Sign up to thingloop, if you haven't already; it really is pretty cool!
- Connect with your friends, and upload info on items you're willing to share
- Suggest the thingloop facebook page to all your friends
- Use the share links at the top of the home page to spread the word
Other News ... We're really keen on getting your feedback, that's why we'll shortly be incorporating a feedback feature directly onto the website.
In addition, we're investigating ways of polling users to find out which new features they'd most like to see. We'll keep you informed.
Monday, 26 April 2010
- See the value of your sharing network, i.e. all the stuff people are sharing with you
- Track how much you're saving by borrowing
- Track how much people are saving by borrowing from you
The new statistics can be viewed by looking at your profile and groups.
There are a couple of things that should be noted:
- The valuations are estimates (see the next section for more info).
- We are not currently able to value manually entered items, only auto-searched items from the web.
This is the boring bit, so skip it if you're not interested!
Basically, we search for pricing information during web searches, and choose the current lowest price for the item. This means that the estimates will be on the low side, e.g. the average DVD will be valued at maybe around £3 or £4 pounds, unless it's a new release.
Consequently, most of the values provided are on the conservative side, and may undervalue some of your items. We apologise for this, but feel it is better to underestimate than to provide wildly inflated valuations. The figures still provide a good valuation of the activity within your sharing network.
We are hoping to enable valuations of manually entered items in the near future as well. Watch this space.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
There are a number of other improvements included in this release as well. We hope you like it.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
In addition, in the next few weeks we're planning to roll in some new features including: sharing with individuals, user feedback, and various improvements to the automated item adding.
If you're still wondering what all the fuss is about then why not check out the following vid: