For those of you watching from the stands, cheering us on, a nice little moment that we wanted to share with you: we’ve been featured on the front page of the iPhone Appstore – and not only that, we’ve been selected as a ‘Staff Favorite’! Big thanks to the folks over at Apple for such a great opportunity. It’s quite the compliment, indeed…
Archive for February, 2010
A short while back we introduced a new points system that was geared towards rewarding those who contribute most to the driving communities in their areas. Since then, we’ve had a broad spectrum of reactions, but we believe that everyone can agree on the fact that those who help the community most, should be rewarded accordingly. Anyhoo, we’ve been asked for a breakdown of what actions are worth what point amounts, and here you have it:
One last thing – take note that no points are given for sending or replying to chit-chats. Need any additional info? You can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org…
A great new version went live a couple of hours ago, and in it you’ll notice minimal UI changes but a few great new functionalities.
Here’s what it includes:
A contributors scoreboard
Finally! The scoreboard serves to put your points in context. With it you’ll see how you stack up against others in your state/country – and worldwide – according to rank and points.
You can view a daily updated status report, showing top contributors for the current week, or an overall aggregated view. What’s cool is that it shows trends and mobility: top contributing users in your state/country, plus who’s going up or down in rank.
As a global community, the part we like the best about the new scoreboard is the world view, where you’ll be able to see the top contributors worldwide. Note, however, that the initial release still hasn’t merged user databases, so the ‘All’ view won’t include the US and Canada for those outside of those countries, and for those in the US or Canada, the ‘All’ section will consist of the US and Canada only. As you know the points system is new, so if find anything wrong with your points let us know. We hope to merge the user base data bases soon and provide a unified ‘World’ view. We’ll also add other cool functionalities in next version, so stay tuned!
Personalized alternative routes
Since waze is geared towards commuting and everyday driving in places you already know, we think that the ‘standard’ system-calculated routes don’t quite cut it. You already know the different alternative routes for getting to work or home, and you have your specific little reasons why they are YOUR preferred routes, not necessarily the fastest or shortest. The question you usually are asking yourself at the start or close of the day is which one is best right now, right?
So, we’ve introduced personalized alternative routes. Waze will learn the different routes you take to frequent destinations and will tell you which one is most optimal at any given moment. Until waze learns your preferred routes, or if you are driving to non-frequent destinations, waze will show you the alternative routes, based on real time traffic, which is also cool, but not as cool as the personalized ones
How can you make sure waze learns your routes quickly? Well, first off, it takes two to three times traveling each route for waze to learn it. Make sure you start waze and program in your destination point before you start the drive. As you can tell this is a pretty complex feature, and it may take a bit of time to fully mature, so please bear with us. And as always, your feedback is essential. Please leave any thoughts or questions you might have in the comments section, or email email@example.com.
Tell A friend
Now wazers on iPhone can tell their friends about waze with a convenient email, ready to send to your contacts. Click the arrow on the bottom right of your screen, then the small envelope, to enter your friends’ email addresses.
Woo hoo! We’re happy to report that waze won the Community Award in Innovation at the Mobile Premiere Awards!
You can read a quick little overview that TechCrunch posted, naming all of the winners, here.
Monday, February 15, at 5pm, Noam, our CEO, will be pitching at the Mobile Premiere Awards to potentially win most innovative emerging startup. Wish us luck!
Tuesday, February 16, at 5pm, Noam will be part of the panel “UGC and Augmented Reality” in the main congress at MWC, as part of their Web 2.0 stream.
Wednesday, February 17, at 2:50pm, Noam will be giving a short talk at the TechCrunch Mobile 2010. It will be streaming online, so make sure to check it out…
In addition to the above appearances, we’ll have a rep at our booth at all times, so make sure to stop by and say hi. We’re in the Apps Hall – Hall 7, booth 73C8m. See you there…
Sorry guys, due to last week’s little glitch the user’s blog is still not available. We’re working on restoring it, It’ll take a day or two.
Wow… did you all watch the BBC?
Happy to have you on board. Please make sure to follow us on twitter and let us know what you think, want, like and dislike!
Sometimes it’s worth using waze just to take a peek at what folks are chatting about. Hope you enjoyed your wings, guys!