Uploading a few new photos you can all view while the site is under development!
These photos were emailed to me from Craig the owner of CelebriDucks, a fantastic company designing rubber ducks that look just like celebrities!
I have been slacking in blog updates recently but don’t let this put you off, where I’ve been slacking in blog updates we’ve made up for in development.
The site is at around 95% complete (not including feature we are to add later after launch). Only a few small bugs to fix and we’ll be opening.
We’ve decided to release as an Open Beta when ready, like most new start releases we are ready for any bugs that may be found and will fix them asap however we’re testing the site itself ourselves also to try find and resolve these before members encounter any others.
With Facebook and Twitter registration/login options being used on most websites now we’ve also decided to integrate both these options allowing you to skip the manual registration option however this will still be available for those that do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts.
I will update again after this post with some photos which ourselves and others have snapped recently so we hope you enjoy them, some are also from the fantastic owner of CelebriDucks which we’ve been in touch with recently so a big thank you to Craig for the photos. Hopefully we may have a line of CelebriDucks ducks available for purchase at some point when we open our online store for those needing a rubber duck for the site!
Jordan Charters (Founder)
Omer Oliel (Co-Founder)
It’s been a while since we last updated the blog however much has happened so we thought you may enjoy the new features and news regarding the sites development.
You will be rewarded for various actions on the site such as Uploading 10, 20,30+ photos, a badge for each country you upload from, and many others. These badges will appear on your profile for all to see, a great way to show your an active member being rewarded for your activity.
Optional Login Time Limit
Members using public computers at Internet Cafe’s, School, College etc may forget to logout before they leave. An option to choose how long you want to be logged in for gives peace of mind knowing that you will be logged out from the site on that computer when the countdown hits 0. This prevents anyone else using that computer after you, accessing your account, however still free to log in again elsewhere while the countdown continues.
Beta is just around the corner!
With development moving fast and the need for user feedback to improve the user-experience we hope to have our closed beta available within the next couple of weeks.
We would also like to thank all those that have been kind enough to tell your friends about our site and the blogs that have written reviews, some of which we have listed below:
HallofBeta - http://t.co/F6s8oBA
MOMB - http://t.co/MOtAOVw
We’ll be back again to update on the development and emails will be sent out soon with Beta Access Keys.
Here I will be explaining the whole idea of Where’s Your Duck Been? , where the idea came from and what makes it different.
WheresYourDuckBeen.com started out as a small idea my brother had continued after a friend of his gave him a small yellow rubber duck after it was announced she was unable to go on a holiday she originally planned. Since the day she gave my brother the rubber duck he took around 100 photos in different locations from England, Egypt, Afghanistan, Canada, Poland and many other distant countries while he traveled the world with the British Forces.
I followed the stream of pictures he took while continuing to travel the world and while discussing the reason why he’d taken these pictures we started to discuss ways how this humorous idea of traveling the world with a rubber duck could be implemented as a website. Being a web designer myself I brainstormed ideas to start a website design and how the whole site will function.
Since the day I found this idea to be a possible successful new venture for myself I have continued to progress and develop the site, and continue to do so today.
Why use WheresYourDuckBeen.com and not other photo sharing websites such as “flickr”?
Since starting and promoting my new web start up venture, most reactions from various people have been positive towards the website idea but some quite rightly want to know why they should choose my site to join and not others such as “flickr”.
My response has always been the fact that although also being a ‘photo sharing community’ the unique twist in idea of the duck(s) being included in each and every photo uploaded by all members, creates much more of a community feeling as members then have a common interest towards other members while seeing them follow the same trend and idea than themselves.
This ‘common interest’ psychologically creates a relationship between yourself and all other members seeing as no matter where you or another member may be in the world your both following the same idea for the same website.
A large number of the currently available photo sharing community’s are used more for ‘storage’ purposes by its users and don’t have any drive to connect one member to another and so on. Our website is focused on an idea that members of all ages can enjoy, get inspired, and be creative.
Just the simple idea of the rubber duck has had an positive effect on members already, I’m sure we all remember having or seeing them in our childhood at sometime or even still collecting them as a hobby like a lot of our members do. We see them everywhere already from the well known ‘02 advert’ ‘Rubber Duck Derby’s’ and various other places and events.
The website already has a lot of the features a community like ours needs to connect members, and continue to grow.
Can I use my own duck or where could I get one?
A common question also asked by many. Users may already have a toy duck to use for the site which is very welcome. However for those that do not currently have one, we also have a store filled with all different types, available for purchase direct from the website.
The reason for this is during the initial research for the website, I found it surprisingly hard to find local shops that stocked toy ducks such as those currently used on our site although still a very popular toy. We then decided to stock and sell various types enabling our users to easily purchase and use for the site and continue the trend.
Thank you for reading and we welcome you to our website.
Today some newly designed areas of the UI (User-Interface) for the site have been implemented, these new page designs look great and we hope you enjoy the features that come with it!
The core! The background of the site is a jungle of code and our site developers are working hard adding in more features every day. I bring this up because a new addition to the site we hope to have available within the next month or so is our API. This would allow other developers even those that may have no connection with Where’s Your Duck Been to create web, mobile and desktop applications connecting directly with the site.
The possibilities are endless with a well developed application along with the ability for Any and All members or non members to take part in creating their applications from their own ideas and publish it around the web for others to use.
I could go into much more detail however until its almost completed and released I will hold out from releasing more information for now. This update was to inform our members what we hope to have available for you soon and simply explain its idea.
Have a great day everyone and keep taking photos!