This week I decided to take Google Forms for a spin to test out a new feature that allows you to feed data from a web form into a spreadsheet. Since Zooomr had a major upgrade on March 3 and because the community there is awesome, I figured a Zooomr survey would be a good topic for my little experiment. If you haven’t taken the survey, please do.
Before I talk about the survey, I want to be clear about a couple of things. First, Zooomr is awesome. I believe it is the future of photo sharing online. Kris is building an incredible site to match the incredible community. Second, this survey was designed more for me to learn about Google forms and spreadsheets, not as a way to promote or vent about Zooomr. Take it with a grain of salt, less than 60 people have responded so far, so the sample size is way too small to hold any statistical significance. I had fun doing the survey and think people had fun taking it. That was the point.
Here’s what I learned about Zooomr users: They’re almost all guys who live all over the world, most like Barack Obama, use Windows, and use a DSLR camera. Ok, a bit of an oversimplification, but still mostly accurate based on the data. For those that want to see the summary data, you can view it at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pdevXlWEbsfBu89OaL9_KYQ. This only shows the multiple choice questions, not the text fields. I even threw in a couple of pretty charts for those visual folks. I think a few people reading this like visuals, just a hunch.
I want to focus on the open answer questions. There were only two open answer questions on the survey (aside from DSLR model); hereâ€™s my take on the responses. Some commentary on the other questions is at the end.
What’s the coolest thing about Zooomr?
In a word, Community. The community and social aspects Zooomr are definitely what people like about the site. Oddly, no one mentioned quality of photos. Iâ€™m ok with that. My answer was community, not photography. My favorite response was â€œYou and everyone else like you.â€� I think that pretty much sums it up.
A close second is the features Zooomr offers, specifically unlimited uploads and Zipline (which could be considered part of Community). A couple of people mentioned Kris, which is worth noting here because Kris has done an incredible job of building a great social site that also happens to be a great photo sharing site. There may be features we still want, but the main draw to Zooomr is the people and Kris understands that. Heâ€™s made it easy for us to be part of a community. So my personal thanks to Kris Tate.
What’s the one thing you want that Zooomr doesn’t have right now?
Even though I said â€œone thingâ€� most people listed several. The responses to this question didnâ€™t have any surprises because Iâ€™ve been using Zooomr for a long time and have closely followed the bugs and feature requests in the groups.
Itâ€™s hard to pick one or two things, so here are a few of the more common requests:
- Make all sizes viewable based on contacts and/or licensing (there were several variations on this, Iâ€™m paraphrasing)
- Bulk editing for things like licensing
- Improvements to Groups, like photo pools and searching
- Fix Geotagging
There were people that said they were happy with Zooomr and the recent upgrade. Iâ€™d like to say Iâ€™m glad to see EXIF data for my photos. The best response was â€œA direct link into my brain?â€�
All the other questions
I wasnâ€™t overly surprised by any of the results. For example, the overwhelming majority of Zooomrites use a DSLR camera with a fairly even mix of Canon and Nikon users with some Pentax and Sony users in the mix. Based on the quality of photos I see on Zooomr, I expected that most people use DSLRs. DSLRs have come down in price in recent years, so people can afford them.
In terms of demographics, I was a little surprised that only 4 people who responded are female. I thought there were more women using Zooomr, or maybe itâ€™s just that they didnâ€™t respond. Geographically, users are all over the globe, which I think is great. One of things Iâ€™ve always loved about Zooomr is finding shots from parts of the world Iâ€™ve never visited.
Oh, people were split on the smiling clouds. Half got rid of them, half said theyâ€™re cute. As a side note, Kris put up a lot more themes that did not include clouds after the survey went online. The best part, you can change your theme. If youâ€™re inclined, you can put rainbows and unicorns on your Zooomr page, but Iâ€™d caution against it.
Seriously, people like Zooomr and the community. If you spend any amount of time there, then you already know that. The really cool thing is that you get a great photo sharing site along with the cool people.
Oh, and the Google tools worked great. Iâ€™m not a spreadsheet guru, but I was able to learn what I needed in a couple of hours.