Feb
24
2014

My Jelly experience

Okay, so like most online inquisitive types, I have to try a new digital services, app or product once it has been mentioned almost to death on every TV channel, tech site and even in print! Hence my decision to finally try Jelly after seeing an interview with Biz Stone in my hotel room in Nairobi on CNN / BBC / Sky / Al Jazeera / CCTV / France24 or another similar channel.

A quick search in the app store on my iPad yielded only results for kids games. A Google search however took me right to http://jelly.co/ from where it linked me to right app in the iPad app store. ( there is also a link to Google Play that I used to download the app to my Samsung Galaxy.)

Okay, the concept is as follows: you take a picture, upload and then ask people questions about that picture. I like the concept, providing your questions / searches  always have a picture that goes with it. Others then see your question and can answer it, share it and forward it.

I am not sure who sees what questions. All the questions that appeared on my app however were from users in the USA and Europe. ” Where can I buy these sunglasses in New York” , “where can I get some of these tickets for the Mobile World congress in Barcelona” etc.

The thing is just this: all questions / searches must have an image attached. So, you see people asking questions like “what are the best restaurants in San Antonio”. Now that seems like a great question if you are travelling to San Antonio, want a quick answer from users without having to Google and get ads or without  having to read reviews on say, Yelp.com.

The problem: I don’t always have a picture! So, if I now want to know what your opinion is about the Galaxy +Gear, I first need to find a picture of one or take a picture of one, before I can ask my question. That certainly is something that will make me think twice about using it for day-to-day enquiries / searches.

If however I see something like a unique object, piece of art, etc, I may be inclined to use it, should I want more information.

In order to test it, I grabbed the closest book I could find, took a pic and asked for comments on the book.

Within a few hours I had 6 answers. Well, let’s call them comments, because not one of those 6 had actually read the book and the answers were therefore mostly useless!

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I’d like to hear how you are experiencing Jelly!