We're raising money to build VOYURL because we believe that people should have control over and access to the data they create when they use the web.
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voyurl gives you visibility over the data you create when you use the web.
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Hi! We're voyurl!
We're a few guys in New York City–all from different backgrounds–who have come together through a shared commitment to changing the way the social web handles the data we all create. We believe that the data we create while using the social web should provide value for the users who generate it and not just the platforms that capture it. That's why we're raising money to build voyurl, a service rooted in a people-powered web that facilitates new ways to share and discover content–all underpinned by an open and responsible dialogue around data.
So What Does voyurl Do?
voyurl allows users to keep track of and share their clickstreams in real-time. Think of it as foursquare-meets-twitter... but for what your browse and click on while you bounce around the web. You can categorize your links. You can share and compare your links with your friends'. Plus, you can check all kinds of stats against links from the user base: time spent, geographic tendencies, number of visitors, and more. In the end, voyurl will compare your browsing behavior against that of your friends to show you new sites they've visited that you've never seen before... all matched up to your interests.
Wouldn't you rather have a recommendation engine powered by shared interests and friends instead of a mystical search algorithm?
Why Does voyurl Do It?
We love the web.
We love the way a lot of it works... but we love some parts of it more than others.
In particular, we have a hard time dealing with the fact that most of the services we use exploit the data we create. These services record our data and take control of it. And most of the time, we're denied access to it. We don't even get to see the data we create... to learn from it, to gain insight from it, just to have it.
This a problem.
It should be our right to have access to our data.
We're changing this dynamic by creating a service that gives users the ability to see their data and helps them find ways to derive value from it.We believe that when we all share, we all win.
Who is voyurl For?
• want insight into the trails you create while using the web
• are curious about the data other sites get from your visits
• want to find new ways to derive value from the data you create
• are looking for a platform committed to an open dialogue about data
• are looking for new ways to discover useful, relevant content
then voyurl is for you.
Why Do We Need Funding?
We don't have a lot money.
This is a project that is currently being funded by our own passion to change the way that platforms and users relate to data. We're doing all we can to get voyurl off the ground–digging into savings, quitting dayjobs, going homeless, eating lots of ramen–but we're only just getting by.
Your funding will allow us to engage with talented engineers and designers in the NYC area who can help us construct a safe and stable platform for everyone to use. And, it may finally allow Adam to look for more permanent housing :)
Looking For More?
Our signup page is here: http://www.voyurl.com
Follow @voyurl on Twitter.
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pledged of $10,000 goal
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Jul 16, 2010 - Oct 13, 2010
Pledge $25 or more
We'll get you set up and ready for the beta.
Pledge $50 or more
Beta access and a rad VOYURL t-shirt designed by our very own dennis payongayong.
Pledge $100 or more
You get the beta access, the neat-o VOYURL t-shirt, AND three months access to archival data.
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You get the beta access, the neat-o VOYURL t-shirt, AND six months access to archival data.
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (3 of 5 left)
Along with all the other good stuff, we'll give you archival access to the full database for ONE year. That's a pretty decent amount of data for any one person to have at their fingertips.
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
All that schwag plus archival access to the full database for TWO years. Now this is getting interesting.
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
The schwag, duh. and, we'll give you archival access to the full database for THREE years. Be careful all that data doesn't melt your brain.
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
We'll give you archival access to the full database for FIVE years. Now THAT's an unhealthy amount of data to play with... GOOD LUCK. (oh, and you get the schwag)