You’ve probably read Part I on how to set up your first and second feed on CO, if not, check it out here.
So, you have probably already set up some cool feeds. Maybe you drew a few of your own- such as where you live, work or went to school- and maybe you’ve added a few of our pre-drawn favorites like the Louvre in Paris or Heff’s Playboy Mansion. Well, below are a few ideas of what to try next on your CO app.
“The Left Bar” – Like most iOS apps, you can tap in the top left hand corner of the app and a “tray” will slide out from the left. Here, like other apps, we put most of our settings and controls. As you can see below, I have added a bunch of neighborhoods (and am slightly out of control). On the top left row you can see that I have set up “Home & Work” but I have not set up School yet. The “+” sign is what you tap when you want to add a new neighborhood or location you would like to follow. Go ahead and follow as many locations as you would like, anywhere in the world.
“The Right Bar” – Infamously branded by Evan Cooke on our Product Team, the right bar displays the most socially active people in that location. You can access the right bar by tapping on the person’s avatar in the top right corner of your app. (Note: that is the most socially active person in the area the past 7 days). So, once you are in the right bar you can tap around on peoples’ profiles. You will notice there are people in here from all networks: Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Facebook, Yelp, etc. Tap on an avatar and see the bio for the person. Want to know more? Click the “Find me on Instagram” (example below) and this will bounce you over to the native Instagram app on your phone. Here you can Like, Comment, and hopefully connect with that person.
How to “Work the Feed” – The main social feed is the heart of the app. This is where everything is. Although we are packed with features and functionality, we tried to make this app as simple as possible to use. While in the feed, try tapping on a card. The example below shows us tapping on WayneNH’s tip on Lucky’s Lounge in the Seaport District here in Boston. As you can see, when we tapped on the card it expanded, giving us deeper insight into both the tip and the business. On the expanded view you can: view on Foursquare (which will take you over to your Foursquare native app), share, see the map placement in your area, check out all of the social profiles for the business, and even contact the business directly. Every “story” (sometimes we call “cards”) can be expanded, so try tapping around!
Open Story in Native App - Here at CO, our mission is to be the best location platform. We don’t create content, we help users find the best content that is happening around areas they care about most. A big belief system inside our company is to help people find content and then help them access it from the source. The best place to engage with content is from the native experience from that source. In this example, it’s Foursquare. By tapping on the “View in Foursquare” button in the “red bar,” a little message will appear to help direct you over to the native Foursquare app – or if you don’t have Foursquare yet, it will direct you to their mobile site. Here you can engage in all of the native functionally that Foursquare gives you, which makes this an awesome experience no matter what kind of content you view. (P.S. If you don’t have Foursquare already, you really should- it’s a great app- download it here.)
Sharing – Sharing on CO is super easy. You can share any type of story from any source several different ways. Sharing is always accessed by tapping on a card and looking up at the “red bar.”
Below you can see two examples. The first example is if you click the little “f” icon, which will open up your native Facebook share functionality – easy! The example on the right is pretty much the exact same thing for Twitter (Twitter bird icon) – wicked easy! (yes, that’s how we say it here in Boston). The third option is the mail icon, which will just open your native iOS mail. You know the drill.
Lastly, we have the dark red button, which is the “native share” icon designed off the new iOS 7 specs (we’re innovative). Tap that button and you will get the basic native share buttons we are all used to. For me it’s mail, text, Twitter, Facebook.
Well, this should get you started. I hope you enjoyed this mini 2 part series tutorial. Any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to us anytime!
Thanks again for your support,
Tony & Team
@tonylongo, @danadams, @ianhy, @melki_ko, @evancooke, @sebendetson & @jbrid24