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Thanks again Steve for writing about us. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing our thoughts on the space and how Blasterous will help define hyper-local services.
Below is an excerpt from from Steve’s post.
“Recently, we caught up with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tim Reeth, founder and CEO of Blasterous.com, and asked him some questions about what makes his company unique in the sea of social media startups.
Q: What makes Blasterous different from all of the other social media/web 2.0 platforms out there?
A: At the heart of Blasterous is privacy and user control over his/her data. Using our Lists feature, users can create private Lists where the information shared [on those private pages] is available only to members of the List. Membership is “invite-only,” and the owner of the List can grant or restrict access to any member, at any time. In this regard, Lists are great for anyone who wants freedom to share whatever they want with whomever they want without fear of it becoming public. Pages can be used for research discussions between scientists, bachelorette event planning between girlfriends, travel itineraries between family members and so forth. Using this same social communication notion, we also have public location/town based pages where anyone locally can contribute and participate.”
Thanks to Steve Puma at BrightPuma for the blog post and the opportunity for our founder to answer some of his questions about our product and offerring. Below is an excerpt from Steve’s post, which can also be read in full here.
“While social media has generally been a force for good in our lives, especially for those getting the word out about sustainability, there has also been a downside: information overload. Sites like MySpace and Facebook try to be everything to everyone, and, in the process, leave us overwhelmed with a mountain of work to sift through that which is meaningful and relevant from that which is, well, frankly, meaningless drivel…
…Blasterous.com founder and CEO Tim Reeth hopes to change all that, at least as far as managing the communications you have with your genuine network of friends, family and neighbors.“
This weekend we launched a redesign of the entire site. Blasterous has undergone a complete transformation as we retooled the look and feel and a number of flows to improve the user experience and tighten up the product.
The design now highlights more effectively our “City Pages”, which is the landing page for all logged in users. Our users want to know what’s going on in their community, so we put a great deal more emphasis on their city page. We removed the main navbar and instead moved the content of those pages to other more logical spots in the site. For instance, we removed the network tab, which was the list of people living nearby, in favor of displaying on the city pages the thumbnails of locals. This makes discovering people living nearby far easier. We’ve added a map of the city, where we will be able to surface information on things happening in that area.
With this release, we also launched our Places product. Business listings for a geo are accessible in the right column of the City Page. We organized the business listings into logical categories for ease of discovery. Users can now browse local businesses from their city page. Want to find a local restaurant? Just click on the related category and start browsing restaurants in your community. Each business also has a business page which they can claim and use to connect with local customers. In time these pages will provide a great conduit for connecting people and businesses.
Businesses wishing to claim their Business Page should contact us here. Include a phone number where you can be reached and we’ll contact you to get your business page claimed.
We were happy to see our name among other great geolocation services in the “10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World” post by MaxGladwell – http://yafal.la/es
“One of the hottest categories in geolocation is neighborhood networking. The vision for many of these apps is to strengthen the very fabric of our communities. …Blasterous is another that lets you share information locally.”
Earlier this evening we rolled out an update the look and feel of some of our pages and page elements. Most dramatically enhanced is the Blast Module (pictured below). This is, as we refer to it, the heart of our site. For those who know something about life…you know a healthy, strong heart is the cornerstone of a healthy, strong life.
In addition to updating the look and feel, we also put a good amount of focus and work into the usability of the site. We’ve simplified and streamlined things to make the process of blasting to a geo and/or a list flow better and therefore, function more efficiently.
While we’re excited about this update, we still have more work to do. We’ll keep updating the site with new features while also tweaking and tuning the site design in tandem.
We’d love your feedback. Just drop us a note via our Blasterous page – www.blasterous.com/it/blasterous.
We’ve recently played with our logo a bit and to kick-off the new logo right, we’ve hired our Blasterous friends at CaliDesignz to print up several dozen shirts.
The decision to move our blog to our own hosted blog was really quite simple. We wanted more features, better user experience, more social media plug-ins, greater variety with off the shelf themes and simpler customization capabilities.
We expect the look and feel to change periodically while we work through the setup and skinning. Please bear with us as we move the blog content over and customize the look and feel.