Thursday, August 17, 2006

 

At long last...

Well, I'm sure our lack of updates to this blog illustrates how busy our team has been! ;)

It has been a long development road, but Zoints is finally here. We are now accepting communities into our network, and our user profile system is live!!!

Come check it out!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

 

Disbelief

Wow. I really can't believe this. I can't believe Zoints has evolved into the current system that it is. I volunteered to work with Zoints many months ago because I knew the company had a great team behind it, but little did I know that we would progress so quickly and so successfully.

I'm amazed. Why, you ask? Because it feels incredible to be a member, client, and employee of a company that I helped build. All of the hard work, the brainstorming, the discussions, writing, training - it finally seems to have all been synthesized into a tangible object that I can see every time I visit a Zoints community or check my profile! My own Zoints community (www.relationshipsandmore.com) is thriving and I'm always anxious to check out new comments on my profile (wildchild.zoints.com).

I guess it's different for me, and probably for most of the Zoints team - but the amount of progress that we've seen is extraordinary. Every day new communities are asking to join, hundreds of new profiles are being created , and Zoints community membership and activity is rising! Wow!

You know what excites me even more? We are only at the threshold, and everyone here can smell what's coming. Bigger and better things. The creativity of some of the profiles I've seen assures me that we are reaching an audience that is going to demand that we put forth our best - and you know what? We're definitely willing and ready!

When I think about Zoints, I get excited - and you should be too. It's going to be something... revolutionary. Cliche you say? Wait several months or a year and then try to say that! I guarantee the face of the forum community will be swept away; the "nerdy Bulletin Board" notion will be no longer - but rather the internet community will be a lively and exciting place that reaches out to anyone and everyone with an interest in something.

It's new, it's different, and it's only going to get better. "It" is Zoints, and time is on our side...time is on our side. (Couldn't resist...such a great song. )

Friday, March 31, 2006

 

It's getting closer.

The release of Zoints is getting closer and closer and we are all getting excited! We can’t wait to hear the reactions of our members once Zoints is let out of the bag! Many of our initial features are nearing completion even as we speak. It has been a blast preparing this stuff for the past several months, and we are beside ourselves in anticipation of what is coming next! We hope that you will all be as blown away by it as we are! Here at Zoints, we are ready to take the internet to the next level. Are you ready to join us?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

 

We're not in business just to make money...

Serve society.
Our ultimate goal, and the culmination of the other nine principles above, is to benefit society!


There is no doubt that we want Zoints to be a success - but that doesn't just mean becoming a large and wealthy corporation. Hopefully our other nine principles have given you an idea of what we're all about. We want to cultivate a feeling of community and promote interaction. We want to improve the way you communicate with the people in your lives and those you have yet to meet. We want to make the world a better place. It may be idealistic, but it's true. And we'll accomplish these goals by adhering to our principles and ultimately, serving you.

In short - Zoints is nothing without our customers. It all starts with you...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

 

Websites should be accessible to everyone

At Zoints, we are committed to making sure that our site is accessible to everyone.

Sometimes I wonder how it must feel to not have full vision, or even what it's like to be deaf. I can't imagine how hard it would be to have to work around some of the roadblocks many web pages present users with.

Zoints is dedicated to making our network available to all people. On many websites, you may see a verification system called Captcha, which asks you to enter text as it appears inside an image on your screen. The problem is, these can be very hard to read, especially for people with visual impairments! At Zoints, we will use an alternative method of authentication - one that will avoid such difficulties for these users.

So what does all this mean to you? Simple. You will be able to benefit from the Zoints network without all of the frustrations found on millions of websites.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

 

Don't drown in useless information!

Minimize information overload.
Finding the information you need and accomplishing basic tasks should not be a chore. At Zoints, we strive to keep things simple. We don't even have a logo!


Let's face it - we all need information. It's essential in life. But being constantly bombarded by superfluous text, ads, and graphics can quickly become annoying, especially when you're just looking for a simple answer. Zoints will always provide the information you need - without overwhelming you.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

 

Let Us Help!

Help forum owners overcome the obstacles they face.
Creating and operating a successful community is difficult. Zoints will provide the tools, information, education, and resources necessary for forum owners to achieve their full potential.

As someone who has “been there” and “done that”, I can say without a doubt that starting an online community is an arduous, time-consuming endeavor. Gone are the days when all that was necessary was a dream and a free web host to create a successful online community; today it takes money, knowledge, skill, and a talented team of people to construct a thriving online presence. However, this should not be enough to discourage a motivated individual or group. Not only is the payoff of creating a successful community grand, but Zoints is here to help!

The hardest part is always the beginning. One of Zoints' main goals is to help budding community leaders overcome this initial hurdle and to help them along the road to success. Don’t have a crack team of skilled individuals who are highly knowledgeable with regard to online communities? Zoints is your team. Whether you know nothing about online communities or are already knowledgeable, Zoints will have something for you; if there’s one thing we know, it’s that there’s always something new to learn because we’re always learning, too. Zoints won’t just provide you with the resources and knowledge necessary; we will also provide you with the tools. Zoints community owners will have access to an ever-expanding list of useful tools for online communities, many of which are completely unique and have never been done before. Providing a library of cutting-edge, innovative tools is just one more way Zoints will help forum owners realize their dreams.

So you might be wondering by now, “What’s the catch?” The beautiful thing is, there isn’t one! When we say we want to “help forum owners overcome the obstacles they face,” we mean precisely that. There are no hidden fees. There is no secret agenda; we just want to help. Like I said, I’ve done the community building thing before and I learned the hard way it takes more than just a dream, but at Zoints we don’t think it should take more than that. To that end, we will do everything in our power to provide forum owners with the tools, information, education, and resources necessary to make their dreams a reality.

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