We’ve got some relatively big changes coming up this week! After having the opportunity to table on campus and hear feedback from our fellow students, we discovered that the content of Voyce may be a little too broad. As it is right now, there will be several different categories where threads can begin. These categories range in topic from Food to Campus Life to Politics. We asked ourselves and our peers, “Why would you use Voyce opposed to Facebook or some other social media platform?” While this application does use video a little more heavily than many other platforms, most of the others have a way of posting videos.
After analyzing survey data, we concurred that if students wanted to post about a general topic or be able to post about anything they wanted to, they would probably just post on a platform they were already familiar with, like Facebook or Twitter. There wasn’t really any way to distinguish our app from other social media platforms. We noticed that many people would only use the app, if their friends were using it as well. After realizing this we are making the decision to narrow the focus of our app to Campus Life. The whole point behind the app was to get different voices from different people to hear different ideas about different topics. We didn’t necessarily mean for it to be a way to connect with your friends!
We know narrowing the focus of Voyce may seem like a big change, but actually the functionality of the app is going to stay the same. (Our computer science group members are happy about that!) The only thing that we are changing is the content of the app. Layout, design, and usage will all remain as they are now! The mockups that you have been seeing are still what we hope the application to look like come April.
Since Voyce was already targeted towards college students to begin with, we don’t think this change will affect the application too much. We are sticking with the same name and logo. The only thing we might change is the slogan. “The Social Discussion App for College” is just a little too broad. We are still tossing ideas around, but thought that “The Guide to UT. Made by students, for students.” might work. What do you all think? If you have any suggestions or thoughts about the slogan, please send them in through Twitter! Below are some of the new mockups that we created for the app. They still reflect the old topic, but the functionality will remain the same.
Updated Home Screen
Updated Video Screen
Updated Favorites Screen
Updated Profile Screen
This week we’ve focused a ton on advertising for our app. We were able to table on campus two days this week and as you know by our topic change, we got some valuable feedback from students. We want to thank everyone who participated in our survey. The survey is still open so if you haven’t already taken it, please do. You could win a $25 gift card to Starbucks for just a few minutes of your time! The survey form is below.
We also focused a ton on advertising and getting the Voyce name out there. As you all know by the changes, we were able to table and get quite a bit of feedback. The way we did that was by creating promotional items to support out application. We ended up creating a 6 x 2 ft. banner with the Voyce logo. In addition to creating all of the new mockups you saw in the survey, we also created a piece with basic information about Voyce and a QR code linked to the survey. While tabling we were also able to hand out business cards with our social media information. Although we did a lot to promote Voyce, we still need more feedback. Please tell your friends to come check us out this week! We will be tabling again in the West Mall and possibly in front of Gregory Gym. Stay tuned for details. You can see some of our promotional items below.
How it Works
QR code for our survey!
As for the technical side of Voyce, we have made some noteworthy progress. We have finally decided on a back-end to use for the application. Rather than using a service life Firebase, we have deciding to stick with a handmade backend created by ourselves. We know this will be a lot of work, but have decided that it will give us more flexibility and allow us to do more with Voyce. By the end of the week, we should have at least four of the critical elements of Voyce working. We are focusing on getting the back end and the front end to communicate with each other this week. Do not fear folks, we have a backup plan if this homemade back-end does not work. We’ve got you covered so come April, you will be able to download the app! There are more technical details to come.
Thank you all for reading all the way through this one. This week was definitely a bit longer than usual, but it was necessary because we had a lot to talk about! Thank you all for staying engaged with us and for showing interest in Voyce. We are excited to continue working on out so that you all can enjoy it in April! If you would like to provide feedback we would really appreciate that! You can do so through our social media platforms. Don’t forget to follow us!