And the survey says…

I am a little behind on this post because I decided to extend the survey for a couple of days to get more responses… which we did!

People never cease to surprise me, and the results of this survey are no exception. The demo that we put together for the respondents to review before answering the survey question was, I thought, pretty well laid-out and the core purpose of the site was clearly described. But still, some people really just didn’t get it at all. Chalk it up to people scanning instead of reading and making a leap before they absorb the details (“Oh, I see, it’s just another social networking site/portal/cms/whatever.”) Of course, everyone’s opinion is important, but if they don’t understand what we’re trying to do, should their answers be counted in the results? My instinct tells me they should be filtered out. Someone who says we should include a stock ticker clearly doesn’t see the purpose of the site, and so their opinion about whether we should also include a personal blog becomes irrelevant.

The process of removing the results of those people is manual and subjective and time consuming. Needless to say I haven’t done it yet, so for now I’ll just tell you about the demographics and some of the more poignant comments that were made:

Total respondents 45 – not including incompletes

(All percentages rounded to the nearest whole value)

pretty evenly split @ 51% female and 49% male

Age group
18-29 7%
30-44 33%
45-59 44%
60+ 16%
(kinda reflects real life wouldn’t you agree?)

Employment Status
Employed full time 42%
Self employed 27%
Retired 11%
Other (unemployed, student, or part time) 20%

Calendar and Event Comments
The most common comment was that people want to see the calendar function integrated with Outlook or Google calendar. We didn’t even have that on the list, but since so many people mentioned it, I think we’ll have to do it.

One person wants to show the grouvia calendar as a pod on his/her iGoogle page. Yeah, great idea. Love it. How many people will use it though? Maybe we’ll do that one in the 2.0 version.

Another biggie was that people want to be notified of new events and updates via SMS to their PDA/SmartPhone. That one was already on the feature list (although only 55% of respondents gave that a high priority), but the people who did want it felt strongly enough to mention it in the comments as well. I’m pretty sure we’ll do that one. It’s easy to do anyway.

Post agendas and upload other relevant files specific to an event. Ok, we’ll do that too.

Miscellaneous Comments of Interest
“This could almost be like a for groups.” Cool, I didn’t think of that.

Two people wanted to be able to “introduce” people to each other. “Jim, this is my husband’s friend Shawn. Shawn used to be married to the Mayor of Sheboygan, and she now runs the upscale shoe boutique on Main Street. Shawn, Jim is the ….” Something like that anyway. I get it. Not sure how to do that, but it would be fun to try.

Integration with other social networking tools. Yeah, I know we will have to do this, but not for 1.0.

Customize my home page by dragging pods around like iGoogle. Yeah, absolutely.

Sprinkle the advertisements around in the content instead of putting them all in the right hand column. Hmmmm, that’s kind of intriguing. Will people like that or hate it? Can it be done tastefully?

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So I have lots of slicing and dicing to get to. See y’all in a few days.


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