2011 has been fantastic year for GetGlue. We are now a community of over 2,000,000 entertainment fans, that checked-in more than 100,000,000 times in 2011. Yesterday we learned that GetGlue won the Mashable 2011 Breakout Startup of the Year Award and we were thrilled and humbled. Thank you so much for voting for us and thank you for checking-in on GetGlue!
Today we’ve got a great update for you just in time for the holidays and the return of your favorite shows in January. This update has been in the works for several months and includes a major overhaul of our iPhone app and GetGlue.com.
New GetGlue for iPhone
The major new features of the GetGlue for iPhone are:
- A new visual stream of check-ins.
- Ability to participate in multiple conversations.
- Personalized Guides for TV, Movies, Music and more.
New Stream: A more visual look and feel for the Stream that turns your friend’s entertainment into user generated art. The comments overlaid on top of the images inspire the discovery of new shows, movies and music through friends. You can vote and reply on any check-in right from the stream or tap the entry to get more details. You can quickly preview the show, movie, or an artist and save what you like.
Real-time Conversation: Each check-in is a gateway to an interesting conversation. The new Conversation screen displays friends and interesting comments from other fans who are checked-in to the same show right now. You can use the swipe gesture to easily switch between several recent conversations. This interface is particularly handy for staying on top of conversations that happen in the evening around all the shows and sports you watch.
Guides: The new Guides help you quickly find things to watch, read, or listen to. Each guide is dynamic and created based on personal tastes, friends activity, trends across the GetGlue community, and popular genres. The guides are constantly updated with fresh recommendations for shows, movies, and music and make it easy for users to discover their next favorite.
Our web site has also received a major redesign to match the features, look and feel of the app. Every major screen and flow has been updated with a slick and streamlined look.
New way to Check-in The Check-in button is now integrated into the top navigation so you can check-in from any page. The Check-in overlay also features your recent and trending, making the whole check-in flow streamlined. Once you are done checking-in you can close the overlay and go right back to the page you were on.
Conversation Tabs The home screen now keeps track of the few last conversations for you. After you check-in the Conversation tab is automatically added to your home screen while the older conversation tab slides off. These tabs make it really easy to discuss what you are watching with friends and other fans in real-time. You can switch to a Conversation at any time to get the most recent chatter and add your comments.
Guides The navigation menu now features Guides for TV, Movies, Music and more. The guides feature fresh recommendations based on your ratings, and also help you discover new favorites through friends and entire GetGlue community. The guides feature an easy way to preview and save interesting shows, movies and music.
Click the play button to see a preview and then Save what you like. Everything that you save is stored in a list on the bottom of the guide. So when you are looking for something to watch, head over to the guide to pick from your list. Once you like or check-in into a saved item it will be automatically removed from the list.
The Guides also make it easy to build up your tastes using the Quick Rate feature. Take up the challenge and rate your favorites. Once you rate things, your friends will be able to discover your tastes and you will be able to discover new favorites through GetGlue suggestions.
And a whole lot more
GetGlue profiles have also been redesigned in this update. We made them bigger, bolder, and louder to help you share your favorite entertainment with friends. Your recent Activity is now the first tab that friends see. We’ve also updated the Likes tab to show your tastes. The thing you are Obsessed with is featured on top, followed by your Favorites and the rest of your Likes.
The Stickers also got a long overdue facelift - the new screen looks like a Sticker book. You can mouse over each sticker to get a brief description and click through for more details. You can also discover new stickers using the Sticker Guide located under the more menu in the top navigation.
GetGlue show, movie, and artist pages are now updated to feature conversations, reviews and suggestions. We also made it really easy for you to preview things by clicking the Play button right on the cover.
We hope you enjoy these updates as much as we’ve enjoyed working on them.
From the entire GetGlue crew - Happy Holidays and we look forward to checking-in together in 2012!