Archive for April, 2010
Have a newborn baby and need to name it with a ‘W’ after your dear uncle William? Why not call the little one Waze? Writing a love poem and need a word that rhymes with ‘hearts ablaze’? How about Waze? Or maybe, like active Mexican waze user, @Marco_Mor, you have an ‘A’, a ‘E’ and a ‘W’ and you want to seal the deal in your most recent game of Scrabble. Waze – and Marco’s brain – to the rescue! That’s the thing – you never know when waze will come in handy…
We’re happy to announce our ‘official’ launch in Italy today, though the community there has been growing strong and steady for quite a while under the tutelage of some very active users. Similar to our launch in France and Germany a few weeks ago, this launch will also feature a developed road grid, which we’ll merge with data that local users have already contributed on their own.
In order to turn the grid into a fully functioning map, Italian wazers will just need to validate road directions by driving on the roads themselves, and add road names via waze’s online map editor. When the whole community gets involved, as we expect many of the Italians to do – like they’ve been doing for a while now, the entire process is incredibly quick, and within just a couple of weeks, the Italian maps will be fully navigable and super accurate.
We thank all you Italians for your hard work up to this point, and we look forward to seeing how your community develops now that the base maps will make waze even more valuable. Keep us up to date and let us know if there’s anything you need…happy wazing!
Hey Y’all – just a quick head’s up that a new iPhone version dropped today. Here’s what it includes:
- A ‘report abuse’ feature - the community’s growing and there’s many interactions taking place. As can be expected, there’s always some people who take advantage of the system, so we’re enabling users to flag inappropriate users. Above a certain number of reports by different users, a user will automatically be disabled from pinging.
- An improved, and much better‐looking navigation bar - allowing bigger texts and ETA.
- Auto-update your Facebook status – just like what we do for Twitter. In the future, we’ll use Facebook Connect for many cool features such as showing your friends on the scoreboard, etc. – so stay tuned to the blog for more information, as we have it…
- Adding street name & house numbers from client – note that this feature is available in Grid countries only, and will be developed later for additional purposes.
- Spread the word – We need as many wazers as we can on board and we need your help to spread the word, so we’ve added the ability to invite your Facebook friends (in the future we’ll enable showing your friends in the client) to waze and to let you review waze on both the Appstore and Chomp, a great new app for user reviews of iPhone apps.
That’s about it this time around. Make sure you hop over to the Appstore and update waze so you’ll be running with the newest version next time you hit the road…
Snap! Just this week waze was crowned first place winner at our local Pitchslam – and that puts us in the running to go up against the big boys at Innovate! 2010, where other local winners will come together for the international competition to discover the world’s most promising start-up. Pretty darn cool, if you ask us. Visit the Innovate! 2010′s website to learn more about their quest to identify top media and communications start-ups from around the globe, and hold a good thought for us as we head to compete on the world stage in a few months…
As driving communities are developing all over the world, we wanna know who you people are! So, we’re asking those of you out there who are active wazers to post a profile onto the user’s blog, so we and other wazers around the globe can get a sense of who else is out there.
To participate, simply copy and paste the below questions into a new blog post on the user’s blog, fill in your answers, add a picture of yourself, and hit ‘publish’. Of course, all questions are optional, so only answer those you feel comfortable with…
- Your real name:
- Your username:
- What phone you’re wazing with:
- How’d you hear about waze?:
- Any good stories while using waze out on the road?:
- Favorite part about the app:
- Favorite app apart from waze:
- Personal motto and/or anything else you’d like to share?:
…And if you don’t already have posting capabilities for the users’ blog, go ahead and drop a quick line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred username and password – we’ll set up an account for you ASAP. Looking forward to learning a little bit more about you all!