Later tonight we will be releasing a new feature that will allow you guys to reorder videos within a playlist. With this feature you can logically order videos in playlists and make playlists easier and more attractive to use.
Unfortunately this new feature requires us to put the site in maintenance mode. We’ll wait until midnight Pacific Time, which is usually our least busy time of the day, to put Sprongo in maintenance mode. We don’t expect there to be more than 2 hours of interruption.
We hope you’ll enjoy this new feature and you will not be inconvenienced by this brief interruption in service.
Hey Sprongo Supporters,
It has been about 2 months since we released Sprongo 2.0 and I wanted to give you an update of all the improvements we have made and what to expect next.
But before get into those I would thank all users who have generously provided feedback. Your feedback is the key driver behind Sprongo’s direction. Thank you!
Here are some of the major improvements we have made:
Much, Much Better Customer Support
When we first launched Sprongo 2.0 I made reading and personally responding to all your feedback my highest priority. This has helped me better understand your needs and frustrations and allowed us to make quick and effective improvements (which are listed below).
Moreover, using your feedback as starting point we have started putting together self-help materials for you. And we have built a support widget into our header so you can easily access our self help materials and all other support options we provide.
In the weeks that followed Sprongo 2.0s launch, due to my other responsibilities taking precedence, my effectiveness in helping you
Late last night we took Sprongo offline for scheduled maintenance. Unfortunately the maintenance session took unexpectedly long. Sprongo is back up and running as of 4:20 pm Pacific Time. We apologize for the interrupted service and thank you for your patience.
Sprongo is currently is down for maintenance. We should be back live in a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.
I’m Can B., cofounder and ceo of Sprongo. We’ve been hinting for a while that a new version of Sprongo will out soon. After months of work we will finally be releasing Sprongo 2.0 on Monday December 3!!!
Before going live with this new version I wanted to openly and honestly discuss the challenges we face, the overall goal that we want to take Sprongo and our tentative roadmap in getting there.
We face the same challenges as you do
Last year was a great year for us. We launched Sprongo in July 2011 and by July 2012 we had 22K users using the site and we were mostly getting great reviews. However we also faced challenges. We kept asking ourselves these three questions:
- How can we get better at what we do?
- How can we reach more people?
- And how do we finance all of this?
We came to realize that these were the exact same questions that many of you face.
Athletes, coaches, teams and clubs are all trying to get better and looking for ways to finance their efforts. They are also aware that the more people they can reach the more financing opportunities they end up having.
Our overal goal is creating a win-win situation
What if we could address our problems by helping you address yours? Sprongo 2.0 is our effort at doing just that. We want to help you Get Better, Get Popular, Get Richer, and in doing so we want to get the same results for ourselves. We win, if we can help you win.
First Batch of Improvements
The first thing you’ll notice with the new Sprongo is the new look and feel. We’ve arranged things and gave Sprongo a facelift to support all the other improvements we had in store. Here is a list of some of those improvements:
Powerful & simple privacy settings to manage access
We will be introducing powerful and simple privacy control tools. You will have complete control over who can and can not view your videos. Make your videos public to build a following and keep them private for personal viewing.
Freeing up your pages and your content
At heart of Sprongo 2.0 is freeing up your pages and your content. Your team and profile pages can be accessed without having to sign up or sign in. People who have the link to your page will be able to access it; see your public content, follow you and even request to join your team. We’ll also be freeing up your videos.
Not only will your public videos be accessible by all but you will also be able to embed them on other sites. Visitors of your blog or team webpage will be able to see these videos and connect with you on Sprongo.
Freedom to organize videos for all users
In addition to the team playlist we already have in place, any user will be able to create personal playlists. Not only can can organize your videos to get the most out of your training, but you can also arrange to them easily access your favorites.
More to come later
We have planned features like universal search, a newsfeed, an improved user invitation system among others that we believe will make your lives even better.
However, we will also be working on features that will allow you and your teams to make money through Sprongo. These features lie at the center of our goal of creating a win-win situation. The general idea is for you to make money and for us to collect a commission. Here are some we have planned:
You and your teams do a significant amount of fund raising to fund your activities. We want to help out by allowing you to put “donate” buttons on your profile and team pages. With those buttons your followers and supporters can contribute to your efforts and help you on your way of becoming the best you can be.
Premium Playlists for Sale:
There are others out there that are interested in your highlights and even others waiting for you to impart your knowledge on them. Put together your best videos, or shoot some how-to videos, designate them as premium playlists, put a price on them and offer them for sell.
Charge for Remote Coaching:
Another way to part your knowledge on others is to coach them remotely. People from all over the world could send you their videos and you can coach them for a fee.
Excited to continue to get better and to grow
We have come along way and still have a long way to go. To be honest, I am more excited and confident about this journey than ever before.
More importantly with the release of this new version we will be able to significantly pick up our pace. The long term infrastructure for us to continue building on will be in place and with the commissions coming in from the revenues you make we’ll have more to spend on product development.
As I’ve mentioned before we’ll win, by helping you win!
Thank you for all your support!
Sprongo cofounder & ceo
Hey Tom, Glad you’re digging it! Yes, but we don’t have a deadline for it yet. We’d like to have it out in the next 12 months.
Hi guys! Pam here!
I have some exciting news! The new version of Sprongo is right around the corner!! It is going to make video analysis even easier and more accessible!
We’ve learned so much about the video analysis process since launching Sprongo a year ago and with our new version we will be putting all that we’ve learned into action.
However, how to improve video analysis is not all we have learned! We have become more familiar with the financial costs you all face. But, we’ve also seen the LIGHT!
We’ve seen how influential it can be to build a name and a brand for yourselves as athletes, coaches, and teams. We’ve also witnessed how having a bigger presence and brand name can help with getting more funding.
I’m here to tell you something: we want to help!!!
With our new version not only do we want to help you increase your athletic performance, but we also want to help turn that performance into a larger online presence. We want to help you build your brand!
A sneak-peek from our new feed page.
That is what our new version is all about and it will be ready this fall!
In the meantime I’ll be introducing you to our improved features and giving you regular updates!
Lots of exciting changes are waiting around every corner for us right now. Thanks again for your support and stay tuned for our updates!!!!
We’d like to introduce a new feature: “Requesting to be a member!”. Until now the only way you could join a team was by being invited to it. There was no way for you to initiate the membership process. This new feature will provide some more flexibility and allow you to become team members with more ease.
Check out how it works:
Follow these easy steps to request to join your team.
Step 1: Go to the signup page.
Step 2: Create your personal account.
Step 3: Use “Option A: Join a Team” to search and request to join your team.
You are all done. Now all you need is your team admin to approve your request.
You, too can requests to join teams. Just scroll over your team name on the upper right hand corner and click the “Join or Create Team” button.
Pending requests will appear right below your team logo. Easily accept or reject them.