In June of 2012 I began to envision an idea for a new business startup. I have had a few successful ones in the past but I was looking for a idea that had the potential to skyrocket with exponential growth. I love business management & marketing and have at least an intermediate understanding of technology so I decided that I wanted to embark into the area of Mobile technologies.
For those of you who do not know me well and think that I am a person who “programs” and actually develops computer software; unfortunately, that is simply not true… I absolutely do not like the computer side of the work (ironically), that is why I hire great companies and employees to do that side of things. I consider myself a visionary.. I get a vision of something that could be great and instead of keeping it as a “vision” I work to find a way to make it “reality” or at least I try to. I love challenges, I love business, and honestly, I have grown to love a Social Network which I have been working on that is not even available to the general public yet.
In this blog post I will explain the concept of SocialCoaster, will go into details on its features, and finally will let you know the time-table of when you can expect it to be released.
Be One of the First to Use SocialCoaster:
First and foremost, although SocialCoaster will start-off as a completely mobile network we have set up a site that allows users to register their e-mail address. We will e-mail these users the minute that SocialCoaster is available to the general public so we encourage you to go to: SocialCoaster.com and add your e-mail so you can literally be one of the first to use the app.
Brief Synopsis of SocialCoaster:
With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and many other Social Networks… I wanted to develop something different, something that would benefit users, give them unique functionality that they never had with other networks. I wanted to create a business that would not directly compete with other Social Networks but instead a business that could interact with the other networks to make us all stronger. SocialCoaster will do just that.
SocialCoaster is a completely Mobile Social Network that identifies user behaviors & their location to predict EVENTS & LOCATIONS that they would like to go. In one quick instant, users will be able to log into their app and get a quick snapshot of what is going on around them & will receive clear suggestions to what that user might enjoy doing at any given moment.
The real fun comes in with the fact that this is a complete, stand alone Social Network so interactions with other users makes this app even more fun! Let’s take a look at just a few of the features SocialCoaster will offer.
Just a Few Features SocialCoaster Will Offer:
Homepage - The main page of the app is very simple looking on the front-end but behind the scenes is a very complex algorithm working to provide users with accurate results & suggestions. The homepage will feature 8 random photos (thumbnails) that will show the user a snapshot of what is going on around their current location. Users can click on one of the thumbnails to enlarge the photo and the app will tell them exactly where and what event the photo was taken. These 8 photos on the homescreen are in real-time and will update frequently as members upload new photos.
Also, on the home page is “Recommendations” for each specific user. Using computer based mathematical equations that I wrote (algorithms) the app is able to detect behaviors from each specific user and determine what type of events/places they like to attend. Some people may enjoy sporting events, others may enjoy concerts, while others may enjoy political. The app combines user behaviors with the number of people checked into an event at a given time, the location of the user, location of the event, and other factors to make smart recommendations to the user about where they might enjoy going at that specific time.
Checking Into Events & Places - Like any social network, SocialCoaster will depend on its users to add data, events, and places to our database over time. The more users participating, the more exciting the app will become. Users will be able to create events & places (both public & private) and also will be able to check into any Public event or place. Each event/place has its own unique page on the app displaying information about the event, photo galleries, and even a live event feed from each specific event (sort of like newsfeed but specific to each event).
Users will be able to click on a button to automatically check into an event and when they do their camera will automatically load until they check out of that event. At which point photos taken by that user will automatically be added to that event and/or places photo gallery and feed… User’s also have the option to connect the app with their facebook/twitter accounts so photos can automatically be posted on their Facebook walls *LIVE* as they are taking them. Users will be able to collaboratively work together to generate a huge photo gallery from each event and/or place.. Users will be able to look at each event’s gallery and see their favorited photos, photos that the individual user took, photo the user’s friends took, and even photos that others they do not know took from the same event, ultimately giving many different prospectives.
Profile Pages - Each user on SocialCoaster will have their own profile and users will be able to add friends on the app as well, allowing them to look at their friend’s profiles. From the profile screen you will be able to send messages to other users, add/remove/block friends, see user photos, friends, tagged photos, check-ins, and each user’s Scrapbook (details below).
Scrapbook - One of the cool features of SocialCoaster is that every user will have their own Scrapbook on their profile page. In simple terms, the app keeps track of every event that the user has ever checked in to in chronological order. Users can scan through the scrapbook, find an event/place that they checked in to, and then click on it to load all the photos and details taken at that event. Want to remember the name of a person you met at the event? Simply click on that event in the scrapbook and search the profiles of all the users who checked into the same event.
Collaborating Photos - As mentioned before one of the cool parts of the app is being able to collaborate photos with others from a specific place or event. Let’s say a couple is getting married… They can simply ask all of their guests to check-in via SocialCoaster to their private wedding page, and EVERY photo taken by those checked in will go into an album that the bride can look at instantly on the way to their honeymoon.
Or lets say there is a Presidential Inauguration with hundreds of thousands of people attending… You can log into the app and view photos *LIVE* as they come in from all kinds of different viewpoints…
We will soon have an API that gives events/locations the ability to project live (either on a screen or computer) – photos that are coming in from users at that event or location.
Many Many More Features - What I listed above are just the VERY basic features that make up SocialCoaster. There are so many more features that I did not have time to outline. I assure you though, SocialCoaster was professionally developed by CodigodelSur and the functionality is fun and easy to use giving users a different and fun way to connect with others around the world.
When Will SocialCoaster be Launched?
I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel and the launch date is near… The app will not be perfect but we will be able to use feedback from users to prefect it over time. SocialCoaster will be launched in phases. First phase will the iPhone app. We are hoping for it to go public around October. The next stage of the app will be the iPad & Android apps. These should go out a couple of months following the iPhone app. Obviously, these time tables can change… But these are our goals.
To be notified first, please register your e-mail at: SocialCoaster.com .
We will depend on user’s to participate with the APP once launched, the more events, places, & photos being uploaded the more fun SocialCoaster will become. It may take us a couple years to get the APP running on the scale of other large Social Networks, but these things take time… And the fun part of it all is that you will be able to watch the journey from DAY 1.
With SocialCoaster…. You will always know where to go! And you will always be able to share those moments with others around the world in real time!
I want to thank all of you for your encouragement and I look forward to building SocialCoaster into a Social Network with millions of users representing different areas of the world!