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uFollow – Find and Follow Your Favorite Authors Online

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uFollow startup featured on StartUpLift

uFollow is a free service that helps you keep track of your favorite authors online.

Target Audience: Blog readers, bloggers, RSS users, and generally people that do a lot of reading online.
Website URL: www.ufollow.com


Feedback sought:

  • Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first? Where did you click first?
  • What do you think uFollow does and why might it be useful? Would you want to use it for that?
  • Search for bloggers or sources that you normally read. Were you able to find the content you were looking for? What are your impressions of the site’s search function?
  • Click “Login” or “Create an Account.” Create an account (feel free to use a pseudonym for testing purposes, no verification is required). After you register, what do you want to do next? What are your impressions of the account creation process?
  • Try “following” a few blogs or sources in your stream. What are your impressions of this service as a way to consume online content? What, if anything, does it offer that other similar services do not?
  • Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated! Is there anything else you’d care to share about uFollow?

About uFollow:

uFollow is a free service that helps you follow blogs, magazines and newspapers at the author level. We offer a simple way to build a feed of your favorite authors. Our spam-free database makes uFollow an excellent way to search for content that interests you. uFollow is a great way for readers stay up to date with authors who publish in multiple sources, or for authors to let their fans know that they are writing in more than one place.

       
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    theoclark
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    Points: 150
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    Jul 18 2011
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    Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first? Where did…
     

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    greatfeedback4u
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    Points: 10708
    Rank: Level 14
    Has Helped 132 Startups
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    Jul 18 2011
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    What is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first? Where did you click first?…
     

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    hashim
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
    Has Helped 1 Startups
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    Jul 18 2011
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    ufollow is a great website for overall search one one destination or person, when i first went on the site…
     

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    matthewdort
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    Points: 756
    Rank: Level 7
    Has Helped 15 Startups
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    Jul 18 2011
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     Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first? Where did…
     

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    tthau2010
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    Points: 4836
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 105 Startups
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    Jul 19 2011
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      Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to…
     

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    lhrdst1
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    Points: 791
    Rank: Level 7
    Has Helped 15 Startups
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    Jul 19 2011
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    Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first? Where did…
     

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    Andrew
    Jul 19 2011
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    Thanks for the comprehensive feedback.

    A quick question, if you can spare another few moments:

    If you don’t mind sharing, do you happen to remember what topics you were searching for and what you were hoping to find?

    Optimizing our search is something we are actively working on, and the advanced search is very new (yesterday) and still buggy, so any additional details about your results/lack thereof would be really helpful.

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    Andrew
    Jul 19 2011
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    Thank you for your feedback, Theo.

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    Andrew
    Jul 19 2011
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    Thank you Hashim. We’d love to hear more details about your experience if you’d care to share.

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    Andrew
    Jul 19 2011
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    Thank you for your honest feedback Matthew. I’m sorry you had problems using the site, but at least your experience gives us a bunch of things we can try to improve.

    A couple follow up questions:

    I’d like to try and recreate your error with following a channel – do you happen to recall more specifically which page you were on at the time (home, browse all channels, etc) and which channel you tried to follow?

    With search results, we currently just return them chronologically, with no relevance hierarchy, hence Seth Godin showing up 5th. Am I correct in thinking you were expecting results ranked by relevancy?

    Thanks again for your time.

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    StartUpLift
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    Points: 5267
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Jul 19 2011
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    greatfeedback4u has been awarded.
     

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    StartUpLift
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    Points: 5267
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    matthewdort has been awarded.
     

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    Latasha
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    Points: 8628
    Rank: Level 13
    Has Helped 171 Startups
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    Jul 19 2011
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    greatfeedback4u
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    Points: 10708
    Rank: Level 14
    Has Helped 132 Startups
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    Jul 19 2011
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    Sure. Glad to help.   The author I searched for was Bella DePaulo. That returned all her recent blog posts…
     

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    arealgirl
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
    Has Helped 1 Startups
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    Jul 20 2011
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    Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first?…
     

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    helpful
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    Points: 100
    Rank: Level 4
    Has Helped 2 Startups
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    Jul 20 2011
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    kharen lantin
    Jul 21 2011
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    Visit http://www.ufollow.com – what is your first impression of this site? Where do you want to click first? Where did you click first?
    To be honest, I was quite confused at first due to the lay-out. I thought the pictures/lay-out wasn’t catchy especially for young readers like me. But on the second-look, it’s well-organized. I wanted to click Science first.
    What do you think uFollow does and why might it be useful? Would you want to use it for that?
    I think it helps saving time since I just have to click on this site and search for the articles I need. Of course, it’s a great help.
    Search for bloggers or sources that you normally read. Were you able to find the content you were looking for? What are your impressions of the site’s search function?
    I found topics about HIV/ AIDS but there are some irrelevant items. I thought the site works fast.
    Click “Login” or “Create an Account.” Create an account (feel free to use a pseudonym for testing purposes, no verification is required). After you register, what do you want to do next? What are your impressions of the account creation process?
    After I register, I wanted to start my research already. I think it would be better if options  such as pictures or names of authors were posted as soon as I created my account. The account creation was clear and brief.
    Try “following” a few blogs or sources in your stream. What are your impressions of this service as a way to consume online content? What, if anything, does it offer that other similar services do not?
    I like the fact that there is time element in this site. Through this way, readers can easily determine if articles are up-to-date.
    Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated! Is there anything else you’d care to share about uFollow?
    I can’t help but compare it to twitter:) It’s like following your favorite authors and their related articles. it has a good format and helpful.
     

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    Andrew
    Jul 21 2011
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    tthau2010, thanks for your time and your thoughts. Social integration is definitely on our to do list!

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    Andrew
    Jul 21 2011
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    Thanks for your feedback.

    It sounds like the Channels didn’t meet your expectations. Were the articles too general? Off topic?  

    We are looking at increasing the number of channels and making them smaller and more narrowly defined.

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    Andrew
    Jul 21 2011
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    Thanks, Latasha, this is very helpful.

    To your point about narrowing down search results – we currently offer the ability to facet by date, source, and author without going back to the search box.

    Would you have found something like a tag cloud more useful?

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    Andrew
    Jul 21 2011
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    Thanks real girl! re: Mobile – an app is something we are thinking about but have put on hold for now, as we can currently deliver most of the experience we want through our mobile website. Its definitely something to look for from us in the future, though.

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    Andrew
    Jul 21 2011
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    Thanks for being true to your name, helpful! 

    Sorry you had that error with the source search – we had a bug for a minute there involving search terms that contained the word ‘or.’

    About ‘the oatmeal’ – our content is curated by hand to keep out spam, so there are many blogs that haven’t been added to the system yet. Although we are expanding the database as fast as we can, we definitely welcome suggestions for new content from our users.

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    Andrew
    Jul 21 2011
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    Thank you for your helpful suggestions Kharen.

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    bauhaus
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
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    Jul 21 2011
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    Points: 75
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    Jul 21 2011
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    rachelbjune
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
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    Jul 21 2011
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    StartUpLift
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    Points: 5267
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    Jul 21 2011
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    helpful has been awarded.
     

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    StartUpLift
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    Latasha has been awarded.
     

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    Sierra12346
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    Points: 3287
    Rank: Level 11
    Has Helped 64 Startups
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    Jul 21 2011
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    Sierra12346
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    glichmaster
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
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    Jul 23 2011
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    What do you think uFollow does and why might it be useful? Would you want to use it for that?…
     

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    StartUpLift
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    Points: 5267
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    Michelle
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    Points: 200
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 6 Startups
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    Jul 24 2011
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    Andrew
    Jul 25 2011
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    Thank you Bauhaus for your feedback. We’re glad you liked the site, and we’ll try to spruce up our design to make the reading experience a bit more engaging.

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    Andrew
    Jul 25 2011
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    Thanks Taripres, your insight was thorough and quite helpful. We are always researching new blogs and sources for our index and expanding into new topic areas — I hope next time you visit you’ll find our coverage much improved.

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    Andrew
    Jul 25 2011
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    Thanks Rachel! We’ll definitely get to work adding some DIY and Crafts blogs to the system — we built our index by hand to keep out spam, so there are definitely a few topic areas we missed. We’re working hard to keep new, quality content flowing into the site. I hope next time you visit you’ll find more of the blogs you want to read.

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    Andrew
    Jul 25 2011
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    Thanks very much for your comments Sierra. I’m sorry our search results were confusing, we are working on streamlining that whole process and making it much more user friendly.

    A brief note on why our results show up the way they do: although our service is intended as a tool for following authors, we felt the final goal of our users was still to consume an article, and that more recent articles are generally preferable to older articles. A general search on the site serves up all articles that include the search term requested, in chronological order. This means if you search for a name you will get articles by that person and articles that mention that person. You can limit the search by searching specifically by author, or by using the “frequent” links on the right-hand side of the results. 

    Again, thanks for your input.

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    Andrew
    Jul 25 2011
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    Thank you Michelle!

    We completely agree that there are an overwhelming number of search functions on the home page and that the follow links on the site need to be clearer. We’re working on fixing up the home page and the next version will be much more user-friendly.

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    Gary
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    Points: 200
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    Jul 27 2011
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    tbarber25
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    Jul 29 2011
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