Web 2.0 is here!
Groupie Web 2.0 is now available to the public. Web has been neglected for far too long and we are happy to say that it is finally here. With the updated UI, also comes many long complained about bug fixes and an integration of several long awaited features pulled in from the Groupie App. Including full use of Admin abilities.
Take a look at it today and drop by the Feedback groups to let us know how we did and where we can improve! Thanks for your patience and for being a part of Groupie.
Groupie Mobile Web is here!
Months of work, significantly longer than anticipated, have finally culminated in the biggest expansion of the Groupieverse in nearly two years.
Groupie’s Mobile Web is a fully immersive, HTML5 driven, Groupie experience; allowing you to enjoy Groupie on the mobile device of your choosing directly in the device’s browser. Although, still very much a BETA version, it has enough fully implemented Groupie features for it to be a functional substitution for even the iOS app.
Registration is fully functional as well so fire up your Android driven tablet or Windows phone and dive into the Groupieverse today. Thousands of groups on every topic imaginable are at your fingertips in seconds, accompanied by a great conversation, a few hilarious pictures, and more. And, best of all, it is 100% completely FREE!
Point your mobile browser to www.Groupie.co to join up today!
And be sure to track down our Groupie Activists once you join and give them some quick thanks. Their tireless efforts spent testing Mobile Web has been a huge help over the last few months and we know they’re just as excited as us to have Mobile Web out for mass consumption.
As always…Rock On!
Due to Posterous’ pending shutdown we’ve decided to migrate our blog to Tumblr. We’ll be fixing the Groupie.co links shortly so they all point here but, for the time being, swing by our Facebook or Twitter pages to show your support by sharing our new blog location.
We will be posting an update on everything Groupie here soon so keep checking back!
Groupie and GroupMe (Microsoft) Settle Trademark Dispute
Over a year ago we announced that Groupie launched an opposition to the GroupMe trademark application via the United States Patents and Trademark Office (see original blog entry below). What began as a simple, albiet unfortunate technical proceeding against a fellow startup spiraled into a full-blown legal battle between us and one of the largest software companies in the world.
Today, we are pleased to announce that Groupie and Microsoft have reached an amicable agreement to permanently settle our differences. We’d like to thank our friends, family, mentors and most importantly, our users, for the continued support and encouragement you’ve given us over the years.
Groupie (Jordan Adler & Leo Efstathiou)
Get Ready to Rumble with Groupie Gaming
The Groupieverse has grown tremendously over the past year and we owe a large part of that success to gaming. With over 1,000 dedicated groups, gaming is one of the largest and most vibrant sectors of the Groupieverse.
The Groupie Gaming Initiative is an experimental program to further expand Groupie into the world of gaming. Why would we do that? Because Groupie is the easiest way for gamers to get exposure, discover each other and stay in touch. By more efficiently connecting gamers with their friends and clans and facilitating the creation of new ones, we know Groupie can make gaming a lot more fun.
Over the next few months we are going to put extra focus toward building out the groupie gaming ecosystem. We’ll be partnering with gaming blogs and sites, working with clans and reaching out to existing communities leveraging outdated technology like Yahoo groups.
If you love gaming as much as we do, we’re confident you’re going to love it even more with Groupie. Give it a shot and let us know what you and your buddies think.
In the meantime, check out some of our favorite gaming groups:
Groupie Multi-Tasking is a Go
You’ve asked for it and now you have it. Groupie version 2.3.4 is now live and with it comes multitasking support, a feature that returns you to where you were after leaving the app. In other words, if you’re reading a thread and get a phone call, the next time you launch Groupie you’ll be taken directly to that thread.
Aside from convenience, the killer value in multi-tasking is the reduction in overall load time. By running Groupie in the background, you can dive in and out of your favorite groups without booting from scratch every time. Multiply that by thousands of users and that equates to literally hundreds of hours in saved time every week.
One thing to keep in mind: multi-tasking support refreshes the dashboard when you return to it but does not always refresh individual message boards and threads. Don’t be caught off guard if a message board refresh introduces a whole new stream of content.
Getting these things perfect the first time around ain’t always easy so please send us any relevant feedback. Also, don’t forget to rate the latest version of Groupie on iTunes!
Groupie challenges GroupMe over trademark
Today we filed a formal opposition of the Groupme trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a result of their infringement on our intellectual property.
The issue at hand is whether or not there is a likelihood of confusion. From our perspective, there’s no question about it.
First, a little bit of background: Groupie was conceptualized after a late night pool game in lower Manhattan while we were still students at NYU. In 2008, we submitted Groupie to the NYU Business Plan competition and were finalists. We incorporated and filed our trademark application in late 2008 and were awarded it in mid-2009 just prior to the alpha launch of Groupie on iOS.
Fast forward to today: Groupie has tens of thousands of users and groups and posts over a million messages a month. In light of this success, we were both confused and frustrated to see Mindless Dribble Inc. launch their app with the name Groupme.
Our names are a letter apart and are audibly indistinguishable. We’re in the same industry, have the same key features, target the same markets and distribute on the same platforms. Our user interfaces even look similar.
The decision to protect Groupie against Groupme’s trademark infringement is not one we take lightly. As young entrepreneurs, we have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for the effort it takes to bring great products to market. Both Groupie and Groupme are certainly great products. Unfortunately the likelihood of confusion is simply too great to ignore. For the same reason Google would not ignore a search engine called Goggle, in the interest of protecting our IP, Groupie cannot ignore Groupme.
As you can imagine, this is going to be a long process. We’ll post updates to our blog and Facebook fan page as things develop so tune in if you want to follow along.
Closing the Distance with Local Groups
When Groupie launched in 2009, we introduced a never before seen feature in group messaging that offered a powerful new way to discover and connect with people around you. Since their debut, local groups have grown to become an integral part of the Groupieverse.
Local groups are tagged with GPS coordinates and appear in local listings based on user proximity. In short, the closer you are to a local group, the higher up it appears in the list (up to 100 miles).
Local groups are a great way to discover communities and organizations around you. For example, people use local groups to:
- Find like-minded people living close by
- Promote and talk about local businesses
- Discover local artists, committees and organizations
- Organize meetups
Since rolling out our new and improved GPS tagging, we’ve witnessed the creation of over 700 local groups across 27 countries and 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica where there’s a small local group for penguin spotting).
If there isn’t a local group in your area, make one, and invite your friends.
Making Better Connections with Suggested Groups
Several weeks ago, Groupie quietly released Groupie Suggested Groups – a group discovery filter powered by our state-of-the-art, proprietary mining and recommendation algorithm. We are proud to say that Groupie is the first group messaging app to offer this killer feature.
You see, part of what makes Groupie special is the ease with which we help you connect with others who share your interests and hobbies. Suggested Groups is another big step in that direction. Not only can you find groups based on proximity, categories and search, Groupie will now recommend groups you are likely interested in.
The Suggested Groups algorithm pulls a variety of information from groups you and your friends have already joined, interests you’ve identified in your profile, as well as from a host of other areas. We then push this information through our magic algorithm and out comes highly relevant recommendations.
As you can see from the above screenshot, we introduce two additional data points in the Suggested Groups listings. The first is a percent match indicator – the higher it is, the more relevant the group is likely to be. The second icon is a friend count, showing you how many friends are in the group.
Suggested Groups has been a big success for the Groupieverse and we appreciate all the positive feedback.
Keep in mind, it’s still a work in progress so don’t be surprised if you notice tweaks here and there. If you have any thoughts on the quality of the results or how to improve them, feel free to shoot us a note.