Wow, it’s been awhile since we’ve updated the blog about our recent site updates. Sorry, we’ve just been busy working on a slew of things through this LA winter (way too cold to go outside, I think we felt a breeze yesterday!), so here’s a rundown of some the updates we hadn’t yet blogged about:
New Entry Uploader
A part of ibeatyou that had been BEGGING to be updated for awhile now was the Upload screen: these are the screens you see whenever you start or join a competition. A lot of you had asked for it be easier and for it to be more flexible with different video formats. Our goal was to address this feedback while making competing simpler and quicker. Here are some features:
- FASTER: Enter a competition by just filling out one or two fields (most are optional)
- EASIER: Snap a pic from your webcam for an easy, quick photo entry
- MORE FLEXIBLE: Upload or record a webcam video from more browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome), using most any video format on Mac, Windows and Linux (no more plugin needed!). We’ve also upped the max video file size to 300 MB.
- BETTER QUALITY: Video uploads are encoded at a higher quality, so your entries look better!
This update happened 2 months ago, but we never got a chance to blog about it. We revamped our entire quizzes section to make the pages quicker to navigate, easier to read and simpler to take quizzes with. We also added the ability to customize the result wording depending on how the quiz taker did. If you haven’t yet checked it out, why don’t you start out with the office favorite, the Cat Hoarders Quiz (totally unrelated to that equally awesome TV show, Hoarders)!
iPhone Site Quizzes
Our mobile iPhone (and Android)-friendly site (just go to http://ibeatyou.com on your iPhone or iPod Touch or http://www.ibeatyou.com/iphone.php for other mobile devices) now features a Quizzes section, where you can take featured quizzes and earn points the same way as you normally would taking them on ibeatyou! Now go take the Aye Aye quiz…I give it an Aye Plus! (sorry I’d been waiting awhile to say that :p )
Okay, this one isn’t as recent as we launched Picbeat a few months ago. Picbeat is an easy way to let you showcase your best pics as you go about your everyday life, without having to enter into a specific competition on ibeatyou. Basically, it’s a real-time stream of your pictures throughout the day. You can take pics from your mobile phone or directly from your Web cam. Your friends can “follow” you to keep updated as to what’s going on with your life. You can connect it to your Twitter account so that you can easily tweet your pics (and its comments) to your Twitter friends everytime you upload a pic (tip: it’s a good way to build Twitter followers!). If you haven’t gotten started yet, check out CashMoney’s Picbeat!
Even though Picbeat is really just about sharing your daily life, it can also be a fun, easy way to earn some ibeatyou points:
- You get +5 points for every Web cam pic you snap
- You get +10 points for every mobile pic you upload
- You get points for rating and commenting, just like you do on ibeatyou
- Like in ibeatyou competitions, each day the top-rated Picbeat pics earn even more points
Sometimes, we’ll even have daily topics or “themes” for that day’s Picbeat images, in case you’re feeling a bit uninspired with your pics. Keep a look out for those!
Anyhow, we’d love to hear what you think! Like always, feel free to send us your feedback, issues, or ideas (or comment below). We will continue to make adjustments as your feedback and comments come in. Keep competin’!
BONUS FOR THOSE WHO MADE IT THIS FAR DOWN: Here’s a random office clip that we never really shared until now: