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Friendorse

Local Community Q&A Site


Tiny
Published 03/02/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
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What can you use the app for?

Friendorse is a local question and answer website that helps users get valuable responses from people living in their community. The site operates on the idea that the people who live in an area know it best. Rather than relying on outsider information or basic details provided by most local searches, Friendorse lets users ask specific questions and associate it with a location. Others in that area can give their opinions or recommendations to help the user find a business or make a decision. The user’s question is posted with their username, location and when it was added. The homepage presents recently asked questions while a search bar at the top of the page lets users find existing questions before posing one of their own.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Friendorse was founded in August of 2009. The application has received some recognition for its ability to get specific answers that are relevant to the user. There are no limitations so users can ask just about any question they can come up with. The website currently includes a long list of existing questions posted and answered by users. The only downside is that the site is currently very limited in terms of geographic area. The only three areas highlighted on the site are in Australia.

What are the differences to other apps?

Friendorse is a question and answer site that helps users get specific answers. This concept is not a new one, there are many websites that offer a question and answer format to its users. A number of these are intended entirely for local users, which is pretty much what Friendorse is at this time. The application is still expanding so features added later might make it more appealing. The interface is attractive, but Friendorse is extremely limited by the local areas it covers.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Friendorse looks more welcoming than some of its competitors. The interface favors light colors and a vibrant blue. Questions and answers are presented pretty much as the user would expect, with the question at the top and responses added below much like a thread. The interface is clean and doesn’t include any hindering clutter Users can access the search tool right on the homepage along with a list of recently asked questions. The interface gives Friendorse potential should it decide to expand its coverage area.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Friendorse community by clicking the “Join” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The next page asks the user for an email address and suburb location. Users can also click the dark blue “Login with Facebook” button above the form to register with an existing Facebook account. The next step asks for a first and last name and a password. The user is automatically logged in after submitting the last part of the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Just like other local question and answer websites, Friendorse is available to everyone for free. There are no subscription fees and the user doesn’t have to make any purchases to access their account. This is a good choice on the part of Friendorse creators because most users would be put off by a subscription fee. The service relies heavily on user presence and participation. Free access is a great way to encourage users to sign up and join in.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Friendorse is ideal for anyone located in the regions in Australian the application currently covers. Others may find little reason to sign up because the site doesn’t yet service users in other countries or regions. Users in Australian suburbs can ask questions and provide answers based on their personal experience with businesses and life in a community. The application can help users gain insight and detailed responses to their location-based inquiries.

  • Users can register with an existing Facebook account
  • All users can pose questions and provide answers
  • Questions can be searched on the website
  • Friends can be invited to join by Facebook, Twitter or email
  • Profiles give users a place to share personal information


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