Let them hear you!!!
Have you ever wanted to comment on some website which didn't allow you to? Wanted to let everyone know something is important, whether you agree with the author or totally disagree and the website didn't give you that possibility? Heerme is a great solution to change that. By installing this little plug-in for your browser you can comment on every possible website on the internet.
You can speak freely without worrying about someone deleting your comment just because they own the site.
How it works.
Heerme makes sense only if no company or individual decides if what you say is right or wrong. That way only the people who use it decide if the comment you give is valuable or not. We want to stay independent of companies you will comment on. It's the only way we can give freedom of speech on anything you come across on the Internet.
That is the reason why we need your financial help, to stay independent.
What do we need money for?
The beta version of the heerme plug-in is ready for download. As you will see it still needs some programming work and of course, we need money for servers, etc.
But the biggest part of the project is spreading the word and letting people know the possibilities that heerme gives. That is the most important and most expensive part of our job. Reaching the amount of people that will give every user a great amount of comments on any site, yet remaining independent is what we need your financial help for.
The story behind the project.
The idea came up nearly a year ago when I was browsing the web. I was reading about some very popular product launch. I remember thinking to myself: “They must be kidding, this is what these people were waiting for?” There were billions of articles on the web describing the event and most of them had a place for comments. But I couldn’t comment on every one of them and I thought that I would leave my opinion directly on the company website if they would have this option. I thought that even if they would, they’d probably moderate me. That’s the reason I didn’t write anything on their Facebook profile. So I didn’t leave my opinion anywhere at all. And I don’t think that I’m the only one.
I started thinking about a possibility to create a place for commenting websites. The only way was to create an external system that wouldn’t be implemented directly on the site but connected to the address your’e currently browsing. That’s why we concentrated on browser add-ons.
At first, the plug-in was to be named “Speak” but several days later I decided on the name "Heerme" as this is the thing that made me come up with the idea: I wanted to say something and someone to hear it. That's when the idea for the logo was born - the exclamation mark. :)
We made the first mock-ups and started programming. The first mock-ups looked very much different from what the beta version is today, you can see that in the early screenshots :)
We’ve now reached a working beta and decided that this is the best moment to show the idea to the world and give it the possibilities that we as internet users are searching for.
The first phase of our project is strictly working on the plug-in to give it the best user experience we can. From the beginning we’re concentrating on low memory usage and speed. The UI will evolve to what the users will describe as the best.
After Heerme fills up with enough user comments we will focus on the user ability to rate the quality of the comments given by other users. This will include building rating algorithms to aid the process.
As one of the biggest "quality meter" is how do you know someone that gave the opinion, the plug-in will get more social after this point.
The real big thing will be bringing heerme to real life, on which we have a ground breaking idea... but, this is the future.
Who we are
We are big fans of new technology, cloud computing and start-up world. Trying to create something that matters for the Internet community.
Extremely involved in freedom and independency of the web.
- Jennifer Galas
Pharmacist, typical after work internet user that loves to comment on whats available. In this project, agile business owner and tester.
- Jakub Widerak
Communication specialist, manager, entrepreneur. His experience comes from the financial market. His projects were focused on education and creating financial awareness, including e-learning platforms and sales tools. Responsible for marketing and business model of the project.
- Michał Galas
Computer geek, developer, application architect. Experienced in bigger and smaller IT projects, from core banking systems to start-up applications. Responsible for the development process of Heerme.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge of the project is to get sufficient amount of people aware of the possibility that it creates. The true value of Heerme is the content given by the people who use it.
However, the need for reliable information is a basic need in order to make aware decisions. And that is something you can only get from the people who don't have interest in what You need information on.
Within the app we're building mechanism that let users value the information provided by other users as well as navigation through pages commented with Heerme.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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