Monthly Archives: April 2013

NYAQ: Not Yet Asked Questions

While we wait for the Frequently Asked Questions to pour in, we thought we’d help you out with some NYAQ: Not Yet Asked Questions.

Is giftbug a wedding registry or baby registry or what is it?
Our website is an everyday registry for everyone. We are creating a fun and easy to use central location to store all of your gift ideas and wishes. Birthdays, holidays, celebrations, because you’re awesome, whatever the reason that a loved one wants to celebrate you with a gift, giftbug will be there to point them in the right direction. It is the same concept as a wedding or baby registry, but without the limits of a single occasion or an end date.

Is there a fee to signup?
Nope. Nada. No charge to enjoy the benefits of giftbug. We will however accept hugs, singing telegrams, piñatas and beer. Ok, Andy says just the beer.

Will I be able to edit the items that I add to my registry?
Absolutely! We aim to make it easy for you to add, change or delete any items included in your registry.

Will my family and friends have to sign up in order to see my gift registry?
No, people will not have to sign up on giftbug to view your registry. We hope that they check out your page and can’t wait to create one of their own, but no strong-arming here!

Will anyone be able to see my information?
You, as the owner of your your registry, will have control as to who can access your information. You will have the ability to make your registry public so that anyone can find your page by searching with your name or email address. If you choose not to make your registry public, you can share your information through a customized URL that you can email to family and friends. You can also set up a friend connection with other users of the website which grants them access to view your profile.

Will I be able to link to items on other websites?
Yes, you will be linking to other websites. Your page on giftbug is a central location where you can link to items from any other retailer and on any other website; you won’t be linking to items on giftbug, because we don’t sell anything. We also give you one of our favorite features, where you can simply type in text or add pictures. With this feature you are not limited to linking to a single item, you can give your friends and family information on your hobbies, interests and favorite things. How you use this free text feature is limited to your imagination.

Will I be able to link to my wedding registry that I created with another store?
Absolutely. A great feature with giftbug is that you can create your registries with other retailers (and get all of the great perks that they offer) and then link all of your registries in one place with giftbug. This makes it easy for your friends and family to access all of your registries and you can add additional items on giftbug that maybe you can’t find at the stores where you created your wedding registry.

 

We’re Thinking So You Don’t Have To

Ok, of course we want you to think. Here are a few suggestions for things we’d like you to think: ‘I can’t wait for giftbug to go live!’, ‘Wow, these guys are brilliant’, ‘I HAVE to tell all of my friends to sign up for giftbug’ …just a few suggestions.

So then what do we mean by the title ‘We’re Thinking So You Don’t Have To’? Well, we’re committed to one of the foundations of great web design, and that is great usability. I read a book early in my career by Steve Krug, and it’s so worn out now, that it’s held together by a rubber band. The name of the book is Don’t Make Me Think. In addition to amazing content, I love the way Steve writes and it’s a really fun read. His number one principle of usability, if you get nothing else out of his book he stresses that you remember this, ‘Don’t make them think!’ Our goal is to keep things obvious, we want our users to easily find their way around giftbug. We never want people to have to guess or hunt or worst of all, leave the site frustrated. This is not always easy. A lot of work and thought goes into simple. Much conversation was had yesterday regarding our menu system, what to call items, how to order all of the menu items, menu placement and usability on mobile devices.

Like many of you, my folks are still fairly new to computers, although they’ve come a long way from the rotary dial telephone that they had until the phone company took it away from them and forced them to get one of those newfangled push button models. I’ve been warning my Mom that she’s going to be one of our first usability testers and we’re going to sit her in front of a computer and have her navigate through the website while we hover over her shoulder and watch every click and keystroke. So no worries future users, Momma Hetrick’s on the job! Maybe I’ll get her a t-shirt to say thanks.

We’re thinking so you don’t have to, this frees up time for you to think about all the people that you want to tell about giftbug!

That First Step’s a Doozy

Writer’s block set-in full force on Friday. Andy and I had finished designing and setting up giftbug’s new blog and then it was time to sit down and write the 1st post. …Insert birds chirping here… You know that feeling when it’s time to start a project or do something creative, aaaannnnd…you got nothing. To procrastinate from staring at the blank computer screen, I was talking to a good friend of mine, who also happens to be a great writer, and telling her about my writer’s block. Her response was perfect:

“Writers block and finding a gift idea for that hard to buy for person are very similar experiences. It’s about finding that one perfect idea to get you started . Once you get that foothold things come together nicely. Hmmmm that might be a blog idea… “

Well dang, thanks Lori, I think you just wrote my first blog post!

To build on Lori’s inspiration, let me tell you about when Andy and I started creating giftbug. In thinking about who we were designing for, we used ourselves as business cases. Andy wanted a site where his family and friends could link to exactly the item that they’ve been wishing for. I on the other hand, I love the chance to surprise people and get them the perfect gift, but I’d love a little bug in my ear to help point me in the right direction.

So the giftbug journey began! We are creating a space where users can link their profile to items at any store, to help the Andy’s of the world point, click and purchase. For the Shannon’s of the world we’re doing something unique and allowing users to also add free text ideas to their page like hobbies, interests and favorite things.

Giftbug may not be able to help with writer’s block, as evidenced by how long it’s taken me to write this post, BUT we believe we can do a lot to help you with your gift-shopper’s block. For every day and every occasion giftbug allows friends and family a little (or a lot) of insight into the perfect gift.