Working on a website to help find other users/parks/events, input needed!
I've been working on a side project for a few weeks now that I'm hoping will function as a sort of 'directory' for Jeepers. I'm approaching the point where I can release a beta of the site and get some extensive testing done, but I'm beginning to question what exactly the purpose of the site should be. So I'll run through some history/purpose of the site and see what you guys think. Who knows better than my potential future users? :)
Background: When I attended my first event, I had only ever visited JeepForum.com, and thus only assumed fellow members of that site would be there. Turns out, more than half the people there were actually from other forums and clubs! I realized then that there are TONS of sites out there, but no real central way of figuring out what's going on.
The Solution: The website I'm working on is basically GoogleMaps for Jeeps. You would register by providing your address (not visible to others), and can then search for other users, parks, and events around you (whatever search radius you'd like to use). As a user you have the ability to add your Jeep(s), your handle on sites that you have registered on, and any clubs that you may be in. The idea is that you may search and find out that there's a club in your area you weren't aware of (and so on). You can also subscribe to Parks and get notifications when new events are added.
Here's a sample screenshot of what it would look like to be logged in and search for nearby parks (obviously more would show up, my sample data is minimal at the moment).
- Privacy: With the recent issues of online privacy (and being a privacy advocate myself to an extent), what are you willing to share? Currently, the only personal information you provide is an address (again, not visible to other users), but when you are found in another users search, a pin is dropped at the address (so no actual address, but marked on the map). All that is revealed are any Jeeps/Websites/Clubs that you have entered. I can see some people not being a fan of this...
- Useful?: Does this sound like something you would use? Is it useful to see nearby users specific info (Jeeps/Websites/Clubs)? Or would it make sense to simply return the Websites (without usernames) and Clubs of nearby users, but not actually the users themselves?
I want to create a central site for information to connect fellow Jeepers, without creating "another site to constantly check". Something you sign up for, and check back into hear and there to see what's going on.
Is this something you would use? Any input/feedback on the idea? Features you would like to see?
Interesting idea. How do you intend to keep the events updated?
On the parks info window would be an option to add an event. You would set a name/description/time and the site saves it off to the server. As the creator of the event, you are automatically "subscribed" to it, and will see it when you log in (sadly, not implemented yet). If an event is already created by someone else, you have the option to RSVP/subscribe, and agian, it will show up on your homepage.
Ideally I would get vendor/affiliate/business accounts to parks that can manage their own calendar. Until then, it would be entirely kept up by the users.
Good luck! If the information doesn't get updated in a timely manner, folks will look for more timely information source. Still seems interesting, especially for those of us that travel.
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