ShoutEm

We proudly announce that we secured $1.2M of investment from RSG Capital. We will use this investment to continue building mobile applications as well as web interface.

At this moment, ShoutEm hosts more than 20.000 networks across the globe. Our biggest network is Twieber, which has more than 13.000 members.

We launched a new version 5 months ago, and we are looking forward to develop some new features (events, for example) and mobile applications for other platforms (Android is coming very soon, BlackBerry and Java applications should be upgraded, maybe we develop a version of Windows Phone 7). Also, we are eagerly waiting for a ShoutEm version 1.0, which means beta no more.

If you would like to write about ShoutEm, and you need some press materials, please contact ilija(a)shoutem.com.

It is a summer, most of us had a summer holidays, but we kept adding new features and fixing some bugs. Here are new things developed in a past couple of weeks:

  • Toolbars are rearranged in order to group all network related actions in upper one, and all user related actions to lower one. Help link moved to footer
  • Unused setting resource strings removed
  • Badge name translation error fixed in reply mails
  • Wrong formatting for unsubscribe text in FavoriteShout notification mail fixed
  • Events link removed until we develop this feature completely
  • Fixed a bug that caused saving changes after editing a place in a admin panel
  • Users can search for locations now. They can search for a location name, address or inside specific radius from selected location.
  • Fixed few minor bugs.

As always, you can report new bugs and request features at http://team.shoutem.com .

blowzer

As you all know, ShoutEm network administrators can use custom CSS code to make some visual changes on their network. So far, we’ve seen only minor changes, and we were very surprised when we saw Blowzer. Blowzer is “Russian Twitter” built on ShoutEm, and it has a beautiful design. Administrators changed our skin completely to build totally new user experience for their users. We wanted to know their secret, so we asked them some questions. Read what they have to say.

 

1. Can you please tell us something about Blowzer?

Blowzer is a Russian clone of Twitter with more than a six month history of ups and failures. In Russia, Twitter is not particularly popular, so we came to the idea of the Russian version of Twitter. Most interestingly, we lured the original group of people to Blowzer from another site. One day, all of them decided to leave that site and join Blowzer, and that’s how it all started. This is a good idea for ShoutEm network administrators – join any existing site, make friends there, and then call them to join your network.

 

2. How did you accomplish that look of your network?

By creating a design for Blowzer, we were faced with many difficulties. We were not familiar with a CSS. Everything changed when we started using Google Chrome. Let me tell you the secret! There is a very handy feature in Chrome – View of CSS code of any site. Right click on any element of the site and then select "View Code item". We took advantage of this opportunity and changed Blowzer completely. It is not difficult! Try it!

 

3. Why ShoutEm? How did you find about us?

We learned about ShoutEm about a year ago from the Internet media. Initially, we reacted badly to this platform. We thought that ShoutEm provides almost no extra features and that we can’t build something exclusive and interesting. But that was not true. We are amazed by the number of opportunities and services. ShoutEm is so convenient and affordable for any individual platform; I would advise everyone to drop everything and go to Shoutem!

 

4. What’s your experience with ShoutEm? Would you like to see something changed?

I’d like Shoutem to add some new features from time to time. Ratings and voting, the ability to insert animated pictures, the ability to change the original user picture, an invitation for users of other social networks, the ability to upload files and music on your profile page, to see more user-friendly lists of friends, send messages via Skype and ICQ. But in general, the opportunities that are available now are enough to create a great network.

 

5. Do you have any plans for the future with Blowzer, or some other ShoutEm network?

Blowzer has a huge expansion of registered users. Joint future of different ShoutEm networks would open up tremendous opportunities for communication between people from different countries. The most interesting is that you can use your username and password on any ShoutEm network. With an extensive database of all users of this platform, we could do a whole network for communication for the people from all over the world.

 

6. What would you like to recommend to other network owners?

I recommend everyone who like Blowzer to start their ShoutEm network. The team has done a truly tremendous job, so do not be discouraged, but seek the path, everything will be as it should!

Finally, we have prepared a few CSS-tricks that could benefit everyone:

 

A. Hover on the shout – it changes its color:

.shout:hover { background-color: #EEEEEE; }

 

B. Remove the block with mobile applications from the main page:

.mobileTeaser { display:none;}

 

C. Click on the “Add a message” textbox changes its background and text color:

.shoutWrite textarea:focus { background-color: black!important; color: #FFF; }

 

D. Icon of your network appears on all pictures in your network:

.shout .attImg:before { content: url(http://b.blowzer.com/hosting/logoblow-mini.png); position: absolute; margin: 5px; }

 

 

You think you can beat them? Report us your design on http://team.shoutem.com .

Here is the overview of all things that we’ve done lately:

  • Phone registration page is removed as SMS service is no more with ShoutEm. We realized that on average only 5 updates per month were done via SMS, and we decided to remove this feature. More and more users have smartphones and are able to use our mobile applications, and we plan to focus on them. It’s time to say goodbye to SMS. Goodbye.
  • Bug in ShoutEm Admin interface that prevented customer to edit place fixed (clicking on Edit did not show Place edit view)

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  • Megaphone badge implemented  (awarded for 10 check-in forwards to Facebook or Twitter)
  • Fixed a bug that caused not giving a Hot stuff badge to users who’s shout have more than a five likes
  • Implemented a function that deletes everything related to a deleted user
  • Header teaser is shown only if a user is not logged in
  • To prevent spam, a user can send only 250 invitation emails

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For a long time we “refused” to create a Facebook fan page, but we finally did it! 🙂 Our fan page is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoutem/132356320137637?v=wall&ref=ts , become our fan there and invite all your Facebook friends to join us!

Also, if you don’t know, we have a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/shoutem .

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I am very happy to announce that WallOfSilver.Net, a free Twitter wall solution now supports Shoutem! We’ve been working closely with Domagoj Pavlesic (author of the WallOfSilver) to support our networks. It means that you can have your own WallOfSilver only for your network!!!

How does it work? First, open the URL http://www.wallofsilver.net/?api=team.shoutem.com , and replace team.shoutem.com with the URL of your network. You will get something like this:

 

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In a search panel, write the keyword that you want to search for, and that’s it! You will get all shouts from your network containing that keyword listed nicely… you have to try to see it! 🙂

 

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Also there are some additional controls which you can use, you can also embed this animation somewhere, you can get a direct link… Just try it and tell us what do you think!

twieber_home

 

We already wrote few words about Twieber, our network dedicated to all fans of Justin Bieber. It is our most successful network, with more than 13.000 members. We were so impressed with it success so we wanted to speak with its founders, Rowan and Ilse, teenagers from the Netherlands, and find out their secrets for creating a successful Shoutem network. We asked them some questions, and here is what they replied to us.

Can you please tell us something about yourself?
Rowan:
I’m Rowan, 14 years old and I’m from the Netherlands. My obsession is Justin Bieber of course, haha.
Ilse: I’m Ilse, I’m 16 years old, and I live in a village in the Netherlands. Justin is my favorite singer 🙂

 

Why Justin Bieber? Are you his huge fans or…?
Ilse: Yup, we’re both huge fans! We’ve been supporting him since 2008, but we didn’t make our BieberZone fan site until April 2009.
Rowan: I’m a huge fan of Justin, but if I see him in real life, I wouldn’t cry or pass out, because I know that he is just a normal guy. He’s an awesome kid who’s following his dream, and we’re proud to help him with that.

Tell us something about your other projects and sites related to Justin Bieber.
Ilse:
We run a website and a lot of accounts under the name “BieberZone”. Apart from that I have a Cody Simpson fan site as well. I’ve got several other minor projects running too.
Rowan: We also have a Justin Bieber fan page on “Hyves”, which is like the Dutch version of Myspace / Facebook. Our Hyves page has around 65,000 members (mostly from the Netherlands and Belgium)!

Why Shoutem? How did you find about us?
Ilse:
Well actually it was Rowan’s idea to come up with a twitter-like website, for Beliebers only.
Rowan: And then Ilse searched for a website maker which would allow us to create a website that looks like twitter, and then we found you guys!

What’s your experience with Shoutem? Would you like to see something changed?
Ilse:
My experiences so far have been good, there’s been quite some downtime but of course every website comes across technical difficulties. Maybe IP-block would be useful so that we can actually block unwanted people.
Rowan: I think it’s great, it’s like Twitter, just different. You can decorate everything, it’s awesome!

You have had a huge member inflow after opening your network. Can you share your secret? How?!
Rowan:
I just tweeted the link on Twitter and people were talking about it a lot, so it ended up as a trending topic within the first few hours of creation. People were curious and started clicking on it, then they saw the link. They started to make accounts and that’s basically how we got this many members.
Ilse:
Yeah, we had this huge platform already – Facebook, Youtube, Twitter. We spread the word on Twitter and that’s how things escalated. I never expected this many people to sign up in such a short period of time. I created the website, and when I went to bed 2 hours later hundreds of people had already signed up. I woke up a few hours after that and more than 5000 people were on Twieber. We were like WOW, this might become really big!

Do you have any plans for the future with Twieber, or some other Shoutem network?
Rowan:
Hmm, good question, I hope that it will be huge and lots of people will enjoy it.
Ilse: I personally don’t have a lot of plans with fan sites in general, I’m going to be in my exam year after the summer and I won’t have time to work on BieberZone and Twieber. I’m not planning on becoming a professional website maker or anything like that, either.

What would you like to recommend to other network owners?
Ilse:
Try to spread the word on websites that you already have quite some influence on. And also, once you create the network you are the one that people turn to for help. It’s a rather big responsibility.
Rowan: If you have a fan site, keep on doing what you’re doing, just make lots of people curious and just spread the word, get people talking about your site, and then it’ll become big.
Ilse: Yeah. The cool thing about making your fan sites big is that you’re helping the artist, whether he/she knows it or not. You’re helping people live their dream, that’s definitely the best thing about all of this!

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