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Ajungo – The Social Trip Planning Tool

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Ajungo provides travelers with a better, more personal travel experience by connecting users around mutual destination trips.

Target Audience: Travelers, students abroad, expats, cruisers, event goers, business travelers, sports fans, live music fans
Website URL: http://beta.ajungo.com


Feedback sought:

  • Visit http://beta.ajungo.com. Spend no more than 5 seconds looking at the Home Page. Is is clear to you what Ajungo is trying to accomplish as a website?
  • Now go through the entire site. Do you find the flow of the site smooth/easy to understand? Or bothersome/confusing?
  • What do you find bothersome? What do you like?
  • What do you think of the registration process? Are you more likely to register natively? Or through Facebook?
  • What do you think of the Login process? Creating your profile process? Posting a trip process?
  • How do you feel when you search a destination and no one shows up in the search results? What would you like to see to improve this?
  • What do you think of the Cruise and Sport & Events tabs from the Home Page?
  • Would you use Ajungo? If so, would you use Ajungo before, during or after your trip? Would you encourage your friends/family/colleagues to join Ajungo? If not, why?
  • Would you like Ajungo to provide users the ability to upload content (ie photos, status updates) from Facebook? If so, would you be willing to link up your content from Facebook to share with with Ajungo community? If not, why?
  • If you are willing to share your Facebook content with the Ajungo community would you be willing to upload that content after your trip? Or would you like to have the content pulled from your Facebook account simultaneously as you are uploading photos/status updates to your Facebook account during your trip, ie. a ‘Real Time Journal’?
  • How do you think Ajungo compares to other similar sites/competitors (wayn.com, gtrot.com, vacationrelation.com, travellution.com, tripping.com)
  • Please share any additional feedback/comments you might have.

About Ajungo:

Ajungo (which means to ‘meet, to join or to connect’) is a social network for travelers, event goers and locals so you never miss your buddies who are in the same place at the same time as you and so you can meet and connect with locals who have similar interests.

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  1. [1]
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    Steve Shea
    Feb 2 2011
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    Zeke2100,
     
    This is truly awesome feedback, thank you very much!!! This is not only our Beta but what we are considering a rough draft of our Beta, we just wanted to get as much input as humanly possible based on the idea/concept of Ajungo, the flow of the website, if anyone would use the site and if so how they would use it…you have helped out immensely with everything we are looking to get answers for!
    Cheers!
    Steve Shea
    Co-Founder
    Ajungo.com

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    greatfeedback4u
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    Spend no more than 5 seconds looking at the Home Page. Is is clear to you what Ajungo is trying…
     

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    Sierra12346
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    Visit http://beta.ajungo.com. Spend no more than 5 seconds looking at the Home Page. Is is clear to you what Ajungo…
     

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    sm3
    Feb 2 2011
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    Visit http://beta.ajungo.com. Spend no more than 5 seconds looking at the Home Page. Is is clear to you what Ajungo is trying to accomplish as a website?
    I did this before reading the description and my first thought was that it is a travel agency like site – similar to an orbitz or expedia.  My second thought, after seeing “find fellow travelers”, was that it is a group traveling site – travel in packs, easier planning, etc.
    Now go through the entire site. Do you find the flow of the site smooth/easy to understand? Or bothersome/confusing?
    The interface is user friendly and easy to follow.  I had difficulties finding any cruise locations – despite typing in multiple locations ranging from very specific to very broad.  This may be due to the beta state of the site.  Otherwise, everything worked well. 
     
    What do you find bothersome? What do you like?
    I like the look at feel.  It’s modern, fun, and easy to use – thank you.  I also liked that you offer Kayak search on the side.  One bothersome aspect is that until you’ve developed a large friend base, there’s no point in inputting your travels unless you care to let strangers know where you’ll be.  I feel like there should be some sort of concept that encourages interaction between users – group travel, travel ideas, great itineraries, restaurants, local tips.  There wasn’t much value in simply seeing who else is going.  I also would like to be able to enter in multiple interests to find (aka, sports and adventure, AND social and nightlife) – what if I want both?  Perhaps you could institue a check box system, instead of a drop down.
    What do you think of the registration process? Are you more likely to register natively? Or through Facebook?
    Definitely through Facebook.  it’s easier, and if it allows me to invite my current contacts, that will help me build my Ajungo network instantly (and easily).
    What do you think of the Login process? Creating your profile process? Posting a trip process?
    Everything seemed straight forward.  The website is clean and tidy, so it’s easy to follow your instructions, and find how to do things such as login, register, and add a trip. 
    How do you feel when you search a destination and no one shows up in the search results? What would you like to see to improve this?
    When nobody shows up I think that it’s a result of low site activity.  I think that allowing people to connect to their current Facebook contacts, or gmail, yahoo, or Outlook contacts, helps clear up this problem.  You could also invite people to send e-mail invites when they sign up – although I think the instant connect through other social networks/e-mail accounts is far easier.   Another thing that could improve this is simply adding other features to destination spots.  Instead of only featuring travelers, have a tab for “good eats”, “social life”, “outdoor rec.”, where site managers to input material to make up for low user interaction, at least initially, while the site is growing. 

    What do you think of the Cruise and Sport & Events tabs from the Home Page?
    I like this, although I had trouble with the Cruise tab – I couldn’t find any cruise locations, which was frustrating.  The sports and events tab is good, but again, I’d like to know what events are going on in a certain city, as opposed to simply posting an specific event in a specific city that I’ll be attending.  I want to learn what I CAN attend in a certain place.
    Would you use Ajungo? If so, would you use Ajungo before, during or after your trip? Would you encourage your friends/family/colleagues to join Ajungo? If not, why?
    I wouldn’t yet use Ajungo, I’m a member of too many other networks, and I really want to find value in everything I do.  I don’t have time to make new friends and post events that nobody in my network will see.  I am huge into traveling and planning, so if this developed into a site that had travel ideas, tips, and such, I’d definitely join. 

    Would you like Ajungo to provide users the ability to upload content (ie photos, status updates) from Facebook? If so, would you be willing to link up your content from Facebook to share with with Ajungo community? If not, why?
    Absolutely!  Why not connect your social network to the biggest, most active social network in the world??  Systems integration would certainly be attractive to me – I’d consider joining more so if this were to occur.  And, who doesn’t love to look at pictures?

    If you are willing to share your Facebook content with the Ajungo community would you be willing to upload that content after your trip? Or would you like to have the content pulled from your Facebook account simultaneously as you are uploading photos/status updates to your Facebook account during your trip, ie. a ‘Real Time Journal’?
    Hmm, I’d like to have the option – but I wouldn’t want this to be mandatory.  Or, I’d also like to have selective simultaneous updating. 
     
    How do you think Ajungo compares to other similar sites/competitors (wayn.com, gtrot.com, vacationrelation.com, travellution.com, tripping.com)
    I haven’t heard of most of these sites, so I can’t say for some – but it seems similar to the couple I do know (vacationrelation, for one).  I think you need to differentiate yourself by becoming something more.  “A virtual travel guide – to anywhere in the world…” Why buy Frommer’s books for a single location, when you can have more information, to any place on earth, for free!  That type of thing – a solid, unique positioning. 
    Please share any additional feedback/comments you might have.
    One concern that Facebook is frequented with is privacy.  If people are able to post trips, photos, and other private information, there should be a way for them to privatize this info, or some of it.  Obviously you need their travel posting to be public for the site concept to survive, but, it’s just something to think seriously about moving forward.

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    tthau2010
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    Visit http://beta.ajungo.com. Spend no more than 5 seconds looking at the Home Page. Is is clear to you what Ajungo…
     

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    JudahFirst
    Feb 3 2011
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    Feedback sought:

    Visit http://beta.ajungo.com. Spend no more than 5 seconds looking at the Home Page. Is is clear to you what Ajungo is trying to accomplish as a website?

    Not really.  It says it’s a trip planning tool, but the little band telling even that is too light and hard to read. There is not enough information regarding how to use the application. How about a short video tutorial or a “using Ajungo” tab? I definitely felt that the little band at the top was too light – it just doesn’t pop. The gray for me looks drab and boring.

    Now go through the entire site. Do you find the flow of the site smooth/easy to understand? Or bothersome/confusing?

    The way I went through the site was I started by entering a location and dates. I liked the pink box and popped up when I didn’t fill in all the fields. Then I clicked on the find fellow travelers and got the pop-up encouraging me to post my trip. I was glad to find that I could continue without posting it right then. The page with fellow travelers was great. Each tab in the Ajungo circle was easy to follow. Very creative navigation tool!

    What do you find bothersome? What do you like?

    Bothersome was again, that there wasn’t a lot of information on how to use the site and still hate the gray tab at the top (although it was better on the other pages when the blue ball overlaid the gray bar at the top). I also felt like I would never use the site as it could be quite dangerous to broadcast on the web my travel plans! I wouldn’t want people to be able to see when I would be vacationing and where. Perfect setup for getting robbed…

    What do you think of the registration process? Are you more likely to register natively? Or through Facebook?

    If I registered it would be with a fake name and such for security reasons. I would not post my photo to be associated with a specific location. Login was a breeze! I like the look of the login page (except I can’t stand the little blue feedback button on the left – I hope that’s just there for the Beta app).

    What do you think of the Login process? Creating your profile process? Posting a trip process?

    All of it was super easy. Again, security would prevent me from posting photos or other information about myself associated with traveling to a specific location on specific dates. I don’t tend to want to “hook up” with strangers when I’m traveling.

    How do you feel when you search a destination and no one shows up in the search results? What would you like to see to improve this?

    Again, this is not a site I would use to find people to meet. So, it wouldn’t really matter to me if no one showed up in my search of a particular destination.

    What do you think of the Cruise and Sport & Events tabs from the Home Page?

    Those were interesting. But again, it kinda gives me the creeps to put cruise information on a public site (I was able to find travelers before I signed up too). I would worry about becoming a target. The events tab was something I would be more likely to participate in. I don’t think that would be quite as dangerous. And it would be a good way to meet people with similar interests in a venue that is less threatening (to me) and less time involved (like a concert or something).

    Would you use Ajungo? If so, would you use Ajungo before, during or after your trip? Would you encourage your friends/family/colleagues to join Ajungo? If not, why?

    I think I’ve answered this question, but definitely not. This site has too much potential for making me a target.

    Would you like Ajungo to provide users the ability to upload content (ie photos, status updates) from Facebook? If so, would you be willing to link up your content from Facebook to share with with Ajungo community? If not, why?

    My Facebook information is only available to my FB friends. Sharing with Ajungo would again make my info. too public for my taste.

    If you are willing to share your Facebook content with the Ajungo community would you be willing to upload that content after your trip? Or would you like to have the content pulled from your Facebook account simultaneously as you are uploading photos/status updates to your Facebook account during your trip, ie. a ‘Real Time Journal’?

    If I were willing to link to FB, I think it would be better to have the option of uploading info stratight from FB, certainly.

    How do you think Ajungo compares to other similar sites/competitors (wayn.com, gtrot.com, vacationrelation.com, travellution.com, tripping.com)

    I have never used any of those sites.

    Please share any additional feedback/comments you might have.

    I’m sorry to say that this is not an application I would be interested in at all. The lack of security is scary, I think, and I can’t really imagine any way to change that. I guess for people who are willing to take that risk, this might be a good way to meet folks with the same interests they have from around the world.  I think I’ll stick to taking cookies to my next-door-neighbor.  🙂

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