Post(s) tagged with "tech"

28 days later: Our improvements after Ask HN

At gtrot, we’re working to build the best city discovery tool on the web. In order to make it the best, we constantly ask feedback from our customers online, in person and across the web. 28 days ago was no exception. We asked the incredibly tech-savvy and generous community at Hacker News to give us their honest feedback on the latest updates to As a thank you to the community, we wanted to showcase the high level feedback we’ve received and how we’ve taken it to heart.
If you want to see the full feedback and original post, go here: Ask HN: Review my startup,

Feedback & Fixes:
1) Blue background a bit harsh
    New Color Scheme — we’d been kicking around how to make the focus more on content. Mission accomplished.
2) Homepage search bar should show activation
    Green button after you pick from the drop down. More improvements coming soon.
3) Login to Facebook popup lrequest after searching
    All personalization starts with creating an account through Facebook connect, we want customers to use it, but added more information on “Why”
4) Results speed
    We’ve made significant investment in improving the speed of displayed results and user experience
5) Geolocation search with the map
    We have a full map view and the locations located on the right side-bar for easy browsing
6) Better events
    We’ve updated our import for higher quality event content
7) Education on how things are being ranked
    We custom rank content from the best suggestions down to generic content for over 5,000 cities, we now have an ‘edu-interstitial”  to help first time users understand this.
8) Too much animation on item hover
    Unbolded text, less animation
In the Pipeline:
- Infinite scroll
- Descriptive URLs (we know, very soon)
- Mobile (coming very, very soon)
- Location-aware: Use current computer location to immediately show local results
- Picture quality: We’ve built a custom solution to help improve image quality in major cities (improvements in next 10 days)
- Local offers and deals: more cities and more relevant offers (next 7 days)
Comments we love:
“Overall, this is really excellent. My town is small but near Silicon Valley, and this does a great job of showing me stuff that’s actually near me. Well done!”
“The explore page UX/UI is gorgeous. Very well done.”
“Very neat site though, I could see myself using it.”
“I expected to see nothing when typing in “Tokushima, Japan”, but was amazed to see a lot of content. This is actually as good as the human written guides available online.”
“I think people naturally like sharing new places and experiences with people.”
HUGE THANKS to everyone in the HN community who took the time to give us feedback.
Have more feedback? Send it our way! contact (at), @gtrot or

Quiet Time: Will 2012 be the year travelers force themselves to disconnect?

In a recent article titled “The Joy of Quiet”, Pico Iyer described his experiences being away from modern technology and the trends he expects to see in the future. He’s never really had to take a break from technology because he’s always been separated from it- no cellphone, Facebook or Twitter. He shared that he noticed an increase in people taking quiet time from their day jobs and social lives. He also mentioned that travelers were taking extreme measures to disconnect.

He wrote, “Around the same time, I noticed that those who part with $2,285 a night to stay in a cliff-top room at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur pay partly for the privilege of not having a TV in their rooms; the future of travel, I’m reliably told, lies in ‘black-hole resorts,’ which charge high prices precisely because you can’t get online in their rooms. Has it really come to this?”

Has it really come to this? Is the future of travel paying more for a wireless getaway? Many travel bloggers and enthusiasts share their experiences through social media. Some begin as soon as they land and others wait until the trip is over. Could 2012 be the year travelers disconnect to have the best travel experience?

We would like to hear your thoughts!


Gift Guides for Globetrotters: The Techie

Here are our gift recommendations for the techie girls and guys:

1. mophie juice pack reserve, $35. 2. JAMBOX by Jawbone Wireless Speaker, $200. 3. Incase Compact Backpack, $80. 4. Nikon 1 Digital Camera, $600. 5. Flight 001 Universal Adapter, $25. 6. Apple iTunes Digital Gift Card, $50. 7. Digital Luggage Scale, $20. 8. Beats By Dre Beats Solo Headphones, $180.

Can you see the future being this easy?


Source: shanacarp

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