While I was waiting for the subway at the 8th street station today, I noticed a poster stuck up by the authorities. It informed riders that for a trial period the trash cans had been removed from the platform because they attracted rodents. Riders should take their trash with them.
I wasn’t the only one that had noticed this poster. A few other fellow citizens had even taken it step further and scribbled onto the poster:
I was actually glad to see some sort of response to the poster. Unfortunately though these statements and their format create a dead end conversation. I was curious to hear what other riders, besides those three scribblers, thought. What would happen if the statements were questions inviting others to chime in, essentially creating an Urtak?
Lets try to find out! Ask and answer below.
We’re very pleased to announce the release of a new version of Urtak. From the first day we opened Urtak to the public, we’ve been delighted to see how much people love to ask and answer questions. Thanks to your incredible participation, we’ve been able to constantly improve our service.
Our relaunch today is such an improvement. Urtak has always been an incredibly efficient way for huge numbers of people to exchange ideas and learn about each other. This is the meaning of our new tagline, “Urtak: Conversation powered by question.” With the structure and simplicity created by yes or no questions, Urtak makes it possible for people to have conversations at scale. For more information, please visit about.urtak.com.
We’ve built a new version of the Urtak widget
It is faster, more elegant, and its transparent background means that it blends into the design of any site.
We’ve released a powerful WordPress plugin
If you are a WordPress publisher, we have made it insanely easy to get started with Urtak. Among the benefits of the new plugin are automatic creation of Urtaks from your content editor, detailed statistics and reports, and a responses counter that brings your site to life.
You can see it all in action on our showcase blog opinion.is.
We’re so grateful to all of you for the tremendous support you’ve given us. Thank you once again.
Urtak is only getting better. Watch this space.
This Thursday, Urtak will present its vision for the future of online conversation at the Inside Startups Club meetup.
Co-founder Marc Lizoain will demonstrate how our service, based on the exchange of simple yes or no questions, is already shaping the future of online conversation.
The internet enables us to connect with people. But as it stands, the internet hasn’t really changed the nature of human conversation. We have still been limited by our ability to interact with a very finite number of people. Not anymore.
With the power of the yes or no question, Urtak seeks to unleash the true power of online conversation, bringing people together in unprecedented orders of magnitude.
Do you want to join the conversation?
Inside Startups Club meetup
OMGPOP/Zynga NY Office
166 Crosby Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY
Also featuring Bitly and NewsCred
$5 per person
P.S. You might get a peek at some of the latest developments to come out of the Urtak skunkworks.
Over here at Urtak, we’ve been hard at work on a new WordPress plugin. We’re about to release the finished product (you can download the beta here). Among the many improvements is one that quite a few people have asked us for – a responses counter widget. You can see the first install in action right here, under the post date.
Urtak gets more people involved in the conversation around your content, and with the responses counter, you can very quickly show that off. No more “0 comments!”
The code that you’ll need to install the counter can be found here. Enjoy!