Category Archives: registry tips

The Help Page Got a Facelift

We’ve been listening to the experiences of our early users and we took that feedback and focused on our Help page. We organized the questions into categories, added some new FAQs and included screenshots like this one to illustrate the Add gift pop-up box.

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The only thing required is a Gift title. All other fields are optional!

We’ll continue to add to the Help page, and don’t forget we want to hear from you! Send us your questions so we can improve your experience and the experiences of our future users.

First Updates Are In

Is it Thursday already?! Sorry we were so quiet this week. We’ve been busy keeping an eye on giftbug and reviewing the valuable feedback that we’ve received from our awesome new users. This week we tweaked, fixed and updated and here are a few changes based on your requests:

The ‘ooh cool idea’ button
We heard from a number of people that your friends have really great taste! This means not only is it going to be a lot of fun choosing a gift for them, but you kinda wish you’d thought of that idea first…for your own registry. Well we decided to help you out with getting inspiration from your friends and we’ve added a new button “I want that too!”

Now if you’re spending your lunch hour window shopping in all of your friends’ giftbug registries, it’s as easy as 2 clicks to add that gift to your registry as well!

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Add other people’s gift ideas to your registry easily.

Once you click the new button, you can edit the details and customize the information to you or simply click Create gift and you’re done.

Create a new category easily
We were planning to roll this one out later, but we heard you loud and clear when you said managing categories was a pain. So Andy put a rush on this one for you. Now when you are adding a new item or editing an existing one, if you need a new category, you can create it from within the Add category or Edit category boxes.

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Create new categories from within the item details box.

You can continue to add new categories from the Manage categories page as well. We didn’t take anything away, we just added a new option.

It’s easier to share your url
We’ve added a button to make it easier to copy your share URL.  We admit that we should have had a button to begin with and were even informed that we were nearly the cause of monitor abuse when a user was trying to triple click the annoying little url. Evil url! Using the button will copy the url to your clipboard and you can paste it in emails, IMs, etc.

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Use the new copy button to add your share url to the clipboard.

 

Moms (and Dads) – Get Ready To Hug Us

It’s not just because we’re huggable, which trust us we are, but also because we feel pretty certain we’re about to make your life a lot easier. We’re confident that giftbug is going to be a great resource for everyone, as an everyday registry it is a website where friends and family can find your gift ideas and links to items that you’ve had your eye on. But why do we think Moms are going to be so impressed and unable to resist us (other than the fact that our own Moms think we’re pretty awesome)?

Well, basically the design ideas behind giftbug came from our own experiences and some of those experiences include buying for nieces, nephews and those that I claim as nieces/nephews (my college roomies’ kiddos). As birthdays and holidays approach, so does the time for me to hound the Moms with a million questions about current likes, clothing sizes, etc. Admittedly, I can’t tell a 2 year old from a 5 year old and let’s face it those munchkins grow like weeds; and their latest interests are always changing. Most importantly, I want to be the cool aunt. So wouldn’t it be great if the Moms could send us all to a central location with links to gift ideas (probably the quiet toys) and updated clothing sizes? And in this day of on-line security awareness, parents don’t want to be creating profiles for their young children, or keeping track of all of those user IDs and passwords, so we created a system where they can have spaces (or categories) on their own profile dedicated to each child.

In keeping with one of our internal commitments to build a simple site, we didn’t specifically engineer any giftbug features for parents, but what we did do was think through how a parent can use the site to it’s maximum potential. Our site has 2 basic elements, individual items and categories. You can have all items and no categories, or you can sort your wish list items into categories of your own creation. Here’s what we had in mind for parents – – –

In addition to all of their own registry items (hammock, noise canceling headphones, wine) and their categories (hobbies, books, wine), they can create a
category named for each child (in this case my nephew George) and within that category they can link to toys, games and clothes as well as provide us with information about the child’s latest sizes.

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Here is an individual item in the category ‘George’s List’ from my sister-in-law’s giftbug profile (coming soon!)
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When you click on the first image it opens up to show you the details, in this case that includes a link to Amazon.com, an image pulled from the website and a description (optional) from his Mom as to why George would love this toy.
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Another item in the category ‘George’s List’, this one is simply information about his current clothing sizes.
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When you open the item, you see the details Ann Marie provided in the description field. You are not required to include a photo, so by default we use a giftbug image.

And one last thing that the Mommies might like (as well as, well… everyone!), don’t forget, you’re not limited to just linking to items to be purchased on other websites, we give you the option to add free text (like George’s clothing sizes, above) and upload images. We are excited to see how you guys choose to use it, here’s an idea for the Mommas and the Poppas.

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An individual item in the category ‘The gift of time!’ from my sister-in-law’s giftbug profile (coming soon!)
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When you click on the item and open the details you see the expanded photo that she uploaded (doesn’t she look relaxed?!) and you can see a note she included in the description field about this alternative gift idea of a night out with her friends or the hubby.

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.