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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 12 2013 2:05 PM UTC +00:00
$9,610
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 12 2013 2:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

Jotgram – location-based messaging.

A modern, fast location-based messaging service with user-friendly feedback and privacy features. Free to use anonymously or as registered user. Have something to say, praise or rant at a specific location? Then Jotgram is for you!

Jotgram idea.

Jotgram is written by a small team of young web developers and privacy advocates, based in Atlanta, GA. We believe the world needs a better location-based free speech expression (anonymous or not) whether it is “good”, “bad” or “just saying” with no corporate or government oversight or censorship. This is real-time short messaging, controlled only by the author or user’s feedback and tied to a specific location (#rather #than #a #subject, #person #or #business). The best part … no registration is required!

The current messaging services and social networks base their businesses on controlling data and communication flow, and often censoring our thoughts and opinions by suspending accounts. Aren’t you tired of not owning your own pics, creative work and communications? They’ve shown over and over that they not only refuse to protect their users’ privacy, but have also admitted to feed their users’ information to both private and federal snoops. So, if we want to take control of our communications, if we want privacy as an option, we have to do it ourselves.

Jotgram is intended to be a completely independent web-based platform, not only independent from corporate and government oversight, but also independent of a mobile platform as well, such as iOS or Android. This is the only way to give complete control back to the users. Jotgram is designed for speed and vast amounts of location-based short-messages. It is flexible and scalable and has support for strong privacy options built in from the very start.

We plan to have Free and Premium Services. Any user can post Jotgram for free at their current location. With Premium Service  users will be able to post Jotgrams at any location as long as it has street address. The Premium Service is intended to help small and medium size businesses to promote their product & services at the desired local markets.

We need your support to make it a reality!


Why we need Kickstarter, and You!

Building a web service is good…but building something with motivated individuals, partners, and a global team is much better.

We started to build the site and made good progress but we quickly saw a broader application for Jotgram – we could take a big bite out of the top social networks and other communication platforms. We knew that if it was going to be successful it would take more than just a small team and our life savings. So we need you guys to help us all get there. With your help we'll make it a movement, not just a website. 

What We Need & What You Get

Our goal is to fund a three-man team for 6 months of full time work on Jotgram resulting in our first stable version in December 2013. Our beta version will deliver the following properties:

• A modern, elegant, easy to use location-based communication medium.

• An intuitive, user interface that is fun to use.

• Fast and efficient mapping algorithms.

• A very fast, scalable search engine.

We also have stretch goals for future development, if we raise extra money:

• Internationalization support, so Jotgram can speak your language.

• Build iPhone app and Android version of Jotgram.

Following our beta release, we will spend another 3 months debugging, fleshing out features, responding to user feedback and getting the user interface translated to languages other than English. Our goal is to have a final release ready in March of 2014. The project already exists and you can check out what we've done so far at Jotgram.com 

Who are we?

The Jotgram core development team consists of three people: Igor Kozlovski, Oleg Blidchenko and Vitaliy Artyukh.

Igor is responsible for the UX and user interface design & development and is the overall lead for the project. He has an Engineering degree and has been in consulting management positions at two of the big 4 accounting firms for over 15 years. Generating ideas and creating new things is my hobby.

Oleg thrives on solving challenging interface design problems. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and, for the past 7 years, he has worked for large, multi-national companies.

Vitaliy is our core backend developer, database and security expert. He has spent the last 4 years working as the PHP and database developer and HTML5, JS, JQuery and Ajax coder.

We are all passionate about building user friendly, efficient consumer oriented services. We all have a great deal of experience working with the web and local social networks, and we know how important communication free of obstacles is.

Jotgram Community

Members of the Jotgram Community (contributing $55 or more) get to have input in the long term direction of the project. To this end, we will set up a forum dedicated to this conversation. After all, you are the ones funding the work and your voices should be heard.

No censorship, no spying. Just powerful location-based messaging service backed by a community of people who care. 

Jotgram's Impact

At the very least, this project will create a cool new communication medium which will help communities be in the know about local events, problems, achievements, sales, etc. etc. However, if successful, we hope to accomplish something far more important: circumvent Big Brother and fight for online privacy and freedom of speech.

By making a secure communication available, we hope to be a platform for candid feedback providers everywhere. Finally, even if only a fraction of the general public switch away from the proprietary short-messaging providers, it will put pressure on these big corporations to take more care and respect the privacy of their users. Competition is good for everyone. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't afford to support us with your hard earned cash, please tell your friends! Share this campaign and talk about it. Follow us on Twitter (@jotgram) and give Jotgram a try when it is ready.

Have something to say, praise or rant to improve your community or just share local knowledge, then support Jotgram!

Q. What Jotgram can be used for?

Well, I’m glad you asked! To throw out a few:

1. Feedback for any business independent of business control. This could be Praise or Rant or Just Saying suggestion.

2. Local event announcement (“garage sale”, “lost dog”, “Couch for free, just pick it up!” you get the idea)

3. Blast real-time location-based announcements at local events, such as parties, conferences, concerts, football games, clubs & bars- “looking for something”, just saying.

4. Travel – leave your mark for yourself or others, leave location based mark with your excitement or disappointment, leave your suggestion for other tourists, leave yourself a reminder for future visit, or just say “I was here”.

5. Track your golf shots or leave tips for other players right there on a golf course fairways.

6. Want to leave your candid anonymous feedback to your boss … at your place of work? You can do it with Jotgram.

Q. Can I use Jotgram anonymously without disclosing my exact location?

Yes. You can post Jotgrams anonymously without registration, with limited options (short term posts, no pictures). Jotgram can also be posted with “Area View” option which masks your exact location and only displays jogtram’s approximate location.

Q. What technology does Jotgram use?

Jotgram is written in PHP, Javascript, HTML5 and CSS. It has relatively few external dependencies.

Q. I don’t like credit card payments. Can I use PayPal instead?

Yes. You can now support and pledge via PayPal. Please send full amount to this email igor@kilaan.com with a note about Reward Tier you want.

Q. I have more questions! Just ask and we'll do our best to answer. Please contact us at kickstarter@jotgram.com

Risks and challenges

Unforeseen challenges can appear in the future. We are committed to keeping you informed of our progress in the months following the campaign. In the event that unexpected issues arise, we will do everything we can to minimize the impact on our supporters and dedicate ourselves to complete the project!
Sincere thanks for your patience, confidence and support.

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    Trend Spotter - You are part of the movement to improve meaningful and candid communication at the local level. Thank you for your support!

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    Social Media User - You’ve been using social networks for years and tired of them using or misusing your personal information, your creative work and their tracking all of your movements online or off-line. You want something simple and less “controlling”. In return you will get 2 months of Premium Service use for free. Thank you for helping us to help you.

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    Experimenter - You might be a small business owner and see the potential and would like to try it out and support our progress. We want to give you plenty of time to test Jotgram and reward you with 6 months of Premium Service use for free, plus our limited edition t-shirt and your name will be listed on the project's official thank-you page.

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    Prime Member - You care about our mission and applaud our attempt to shake things up and help people to stay informed of what’s going on in their community. In return you get an awesome t-shirt with some super inspiring messages and free use of Premium Service for 1 year. Unless, you choose to remain anonymous, your name will be listed on the project's official thank-you page.

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    Jotgram “Quarter Miler” Block Sponsor - We want to reward your generosity, so not only will you get a limited edition t-shirt, but upon your choice we will make you a Jotgram “Quarter Miler” block sponsor for a year! Any user reading Jotgram messages in those areas on the map (0.5 mi x 0.5 mile) will see the message “This Jotgram block is sponsored by [insert your name here]”.

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    Jotgram “Miler” Block Sponsor - You might be a business owner and want to help us to create straight forward feedback and communication flow in your community. We applause you and reward you with a limited edition t-shirt and sponsorship message for Jotgram “Miler” block (1mi x1mi) for the whole year. As described above you will have choice to display your name or name of your business under the map of 1 square mile area.

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    Jotgram “Miler+1” Sponsor - You know a good deal when you see one. We want to sweeten it; you can choose “Miler” block sponsorship for two locations with this pledge. We reward you with a sponsorship message for two Jotgram map blocks of your choice. As described above you will have an option to display your name or name of your business under the map within the selected locations.

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    Visionary - You are a visionary and care a lot about your community. You want us to succeed and we will do just that. We will anyway, but your generous contributions will make it faster. You might have guessed it, here comes the “Zipper” – the whole Jotgram zip code of your choice that you can sponsor for one year. We reward you with sponsorship message for Jotgram map block of entire zip code. As described above you will have choice to display your name or name of your business under the map within the selected by you zip code.

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