Cirqle

Collaborative visual storytelling app.

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Parker Thompson
Parker Thompson@pt · Startup Fanboy
How are people using the app? Do you find they collaborate for specific events (I see offline mode), or use the product like a photo sharing network?
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
@pt We noticed three major use cases: 1) one-day or continuous events such as a trip, weekend, party, workshop or even a street protest; 2) specific place e.g. home, office, bar etc; 3) communities around brands, objects or actions: Nike Shoes, Graffity, Running Club, Movie Posters, IKEA hacks, Wine etc. Some of those cirqles are curated by the one who started it, others are open for anybody to contribute freely. It turns out we achieved enough flexibility here for people to both express themselves, build communities and organize their personal life. We don’t know what is happening inside private cirqles though but the amount of them is growing rapidly as well.
Jason Dainter
Jason Dainter@jasondainter · International doer of things
@alexbystrv Awesome to see you go through, congrats Alex, fantastic product.
Jason Dainter
Jason Dainter@jasondainter · International doer of things
@alexbystrv Awesome to see you go through, congrats Alex, fantastic product.
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
@jasondainter Hey Jason! Thanks!
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
@pt We're now also working on the set of features for exploring the past. If native photo app tries to define separate experiences in your camera roll, Cirqle finds those you experienced with your friends who also have photos and videos from there. Privacy is a tricky part here, but we found a way to make it right.
Cynthia Schames
Cynthia Schames@cynthiaschames
Beautiful looking app!
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
Nikita Korotaev
Nikita Korotaev@nikitakorotaev · Incubating products @ Glocal Partners
I've seen Cirqle being embedded here: http://openrussia.org/post/view/... [it's Russian news publisher]. I think this is pretty interesting use-case of crowdsourcing imagery for news articles. Was it just an experiment, or something bigger? @alexbystrv what's your take on helping publishers tell better stories.
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
@nikitakorotaev That's right! There are dozens of web-magazines and bloggers that started using Cirqle as a way to broadcast significant events all over the globe. It work both organically and sometimes we help publishers to adopt their workflow “in the field” for truly real-time broadcasting with our app. For instance we had great amount of broadcasters from Hong Kong during the protests in September and October: https://cirqle.com/cirqles/10719 or https://cirqle.com/cirqles/10771 or https://cirqle.com/cirqles/10895. Or for instance people started funny projects like The Day With The Restaurant Chief http://www.the-village.ru/villag.... Or Nike Marathon in SF https://cirqle.com/cirqles/11367 and Moscow https://cirqle.com/cirqles/10147. Web magazines embedded cirqles about protests against current regime in Russia and against the war in Ukraine, as you mentioned. We even went to Ukraine ourselves with the lecture about the future of crowdsourced journalism. And I had an interview with Tech Crunch while driving at night in the middle of nowhere in Western Ukraine with almost no internet connection at all. That was quite a night ) Anyway when we spotted the trend, we rolled out the extended embed generator to make the app even more useful for journalists: https://cirqle.com/cirqles/4909/...
Parker Thompson
Parker Thompson@pt · Startup Fanboy
How do the communities that are formed around shared interests create more connection/value for the users involved than hashtags on Instagram, and how does behavior differ from products like Flickr where there have been vibrant (but relatively small) groups for many years?
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
@pt There are few significant advantages over hashtags. Instagram hashtags can’t be curated, limited for contribution in any way or post-moderated. That’s why you are not able to subscribe to a hashtag — your feed could be easily overloaded by spam or too many contributors of a single hashtag if you’d able to follow it. In the other hand only keeping members and subscribers up to date can help building community around shared interests. Combination of curation and the way your feed is designed (with both vertical and horizontal scrolling) allows you to have all your stuff in one place like you used to have it in Instagram or Pinterest, have total control over your feed. And there is nothing wrong in having relatively small communities around topics since they are highly engaged. For having ALL the content related to certain topic we have channels — automatically generated groups of related cirqles or moments, but this is only useful for exploring, not for building tight communities. Too many people in one room is not always a good thing. I’d say Pinterest for real life experiences is better comparison than Flickr or Instagram.
Alex Bystrov
Alex BystrovMaker@alexbystrv · CEO, Cirqle
If someone has any private questions, drop e a line here: a@cirqle.com otherwise I'm still here