Moochman, people who've done the web thing before here are trying to give you useful advice - ignore away.
Ok I think you guys have interpreted this the wrong way.
The site is not live in the sense that it is complete and ready to go - think of it as an industry preview day. We got all the sign-ups we needed for the beta and now it is closed again.
I didn't come here to try and convince people to sign-up, I just asked you guys to check it out and tell me your thoughts - unfortunately everyone has become hung up on "home page doesn't work in IE" which is like walking into a ladies fashion store and commenting that the photo on the wall is crooked and ignoring all the great clothes on the rack. (This analogy has become very disturbing)
This was a soft launch, the real launch will come around motor show time.
What you see on the site is still only around 60% of my final vision for what I want the site to become so after giving my dev guy a short break we are getting straight back into it. The home page will also change considerably as a result so again it is not a priority for it to look pretty in IE just yet, especially when we haven't even been indexed by Google. Essentially this was our "content" launch to start building a reputation on Google, next time we will be launching as a proper social platform.
A certain amount of profile is needed to achieve critical mass + get a site like this rolling
Definitely. It will be a long road and a lot of hard work but it will all be worth it in the end. It's either that or I get a regular 9-5 and only imagine what could have been.
I'm a sceptical grumpy old bastard.
And once I know that all someone is interested in is building a rank and scoring points etc and generating a profile and all that intangible wankness, I form an irreperable opinion of them.
How about just building a great service or product.... anyone??? anyone??????
If it's good enough, it'll become what it should be.
Rant over, carry on.
Hopefully it will become a great service and I think you of all people will definitely appreciate its potential.
This site will have the unique benefit of getting real opinions from the people who own and have a passion for their car, so you get honest and helpful opinions.
Then imagine thousands of consumers all reviewing their cars, maintaining updates on reliability, fuel use, servicing costs etc. Suddenly all those stereotypes and guess work over running costs for particular brands gets thrown out the window and you have accurate vehicle usage information on a mass scale.
Now imagine as internet integration becomes mainstream in cars, that your car automatically updates your Carmooch profile with live fuel consumption data, logs trip information among other things and in the spirit of Web 2.0 is available freely to the public to really see how environmentally friendly a car is, how your usage compares with other owners and numerous other helpful comparisons.
Then when it comes time to sell your car you have a very detailed history of what your car did, when it was serviced, what trips you made, etc. all in one convenient online location.