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Friday
Jul132012

Phase 2, things are about to get awesome

Phase 2

Its been some time since the last post and there’s good reason for that. We needed to get the ducks in the row to setup and plan for phase 2 of Constructiv. While the initial build Phase 1 if you like, included a site – constructiv.co to allow users with Constructiv feedback to submit, that’s only the start.

Phase 2 is all about creating tools that collect and visualise the incredible content that is already available online. The second phase will include a number of apps including a web-based social solution that will form a key part of the website.

Other applications will include a dedicated social client that includes Facebook, Twitter and in the future other social services like LinkedIn as well as mobile applications for all the major platforms. While you’re probably thinking the last thing we need is yet another twitter client, we believe there’s still plenty of room for innovation in this space and will have a unique take on these apps/services. 

Each will contain the standard functionality you’d expect with one big difference. It’ll be incredibly easy (may even be on by default) to filter based on those social posts that are targeted at providing constructive feedback or suggestions.

It’s going to be an exciting ride for the next few months, one we hope you’ll join us for and help shape them to be the best possible social/mobile applications around. If you have any suggestions we’re absolution open to hearing them.

Stay tuned for more info on Phase 2 of Constructiv.

Monday
Mar122012

Tweaking the front page

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This long weekend has meant I’ve had some more time to spend working on Constructiv. Something I’ve been considering for a while now is a revised front page. These tweaks include a number of key items.

  • ‘What is Constructiv’ video – This is something I’ve often seen Jason Calacanis of http://thisweekinstartups.com criticize companies for not having. I have to agree. Although we have the slider with promotion images that will help form a new user’s opinion of what the site is about, a short video to explain it is important.
  • Featured users – From the outset Constructiv aims to highlight the ideas people and reward them for contributing to the site and industry. Those with a pro account will be added to a rotator on the front page. This will also continue to be used to feature Constructs that get approved by business.

So that’s the design update for now, the changes will take a little time to implement, so stay tuned. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Tuesday
Feb212012

Twitter integration coming soon

Based on user feedback, I’ve increased twitter integration in the development priorities.

As you can see from the MetroTwit screen shot below, I’ve started posted from the development app called Constructiv.

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Thanks to a great tutorial from the guys over at 4GuysFromRolla, this will be the building blocks of twitter integration. The goal is to allow users to signup and signin to Constructiv using their Twitter accounts, just as Facebook users can today.

The trick here is that twitter also needs to integrate with an existing ASP.Net Membership provider for those that choose to use manual accounts. Of course there’ll need to be the ability link a standard account with twitter if the user changes their mind after signup. Subsequently, this also exists for Facebook.

It’s a different API, but ultimately Twitter also uses OAuth for the authentication / callback process, so development should be fairly rapid. I’d expect to have most of the Twitter integration sorted by the end of this weekend.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

New Business Verification page

I felt the reasons for entering into the business verifications process weren't explained well. The solution is a brand new Business Verification page. You will find multiple locations (mostly around the business pages) that link to this page.

Alternatively, you can just check it out at http://constructiv.co/BusinessVerify.aspx

Monday
Feb062012

Mobile site now available

Over the weekend the mobile site for Constructiv got an update. You can see the original mobile site here in a previous post. The mobile site now simplifies the data displayed to match a smaller display.

While there’s a limit set of functionality available when accessing from a mobile device, its a much better experience than panning and zooming around the site.

To check out the mobile Constructiv site, just access http://constructiv.co from a mobile device. The site has been tested on an iPhone 4S, with additional device support and screen resolutions coming in the future.