January 22, 2014 at 6:30pm
It was a pretty nice little Sunday (besides the Niners losing, and that idiot, classless Richard Sherman). After a review of this last week’s public launch, which increased the amount of our registered user base by 600%, increased our content (pics uploaded/tips left) 100%, we were left rushing through our visit to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. There was just so much to do, with so little time. I even forgot to wear my green hat. I felt naked.
The amount of data we’ve been able to compile from your ratings is startling. We received almost 100,000 ratings starting from our launch last Wednesday until Sunday. It’ll take a while to sift through people’s preferences in the cities of the world. We’re still only a three person operation – or two, if you don’t count me (which I recommend that you don’t), because I’m basically worthless. I like to call myself the “picture editor” – so I just spend hours looking at your pictures with nary an intellectual thought in mind. But look for some of our cool data on this blog in the coming weeks. (You can follow our Facebook page to get updates.)
A number of media outlets picked up the story, including ones from France and Ireland. And why shouldn’t they? The topic and discussion of women, and the pursuit of them, is a universal endeavor that has confounded men (and women) for generations. Looking at our new registered user base every few minutes – because I’m a narcissist – (and because I’m not only Picture Editor, but also User Watcher) I am loving the fact that we are getting users from ALL over the world!
Here’s just a quick look at where our registers are happening over a half hour period.
And a snapshot of some of our most recently uploaded girls…
With users and ratings coming from such tourist hotspots like Rundu, Namibia, affluent areas like Compton, CA, and war-torn areas like Marseille, France, I’m getting a chub just parsing through this interesting data. The quantitative arguments – that have so far been missing in our lives – on where in the world are the hottest girls can be shown by world ratings AND country by country. This is just so sick. Bad. Gnarly. And any other negative word that is now used in a positive, hip light. Here’s where are users are from! (The bigger and darker the dot, the more… do I really have to explain this map?!?!)
The majority of our press mentions have been positive, including one from Elite Daily that said we were the “greatest app ever” (no native app yet, but thanks). Some of my favorites, include:
- Elite Daily – Sean Levinson
- The Daily Dot - Miles Klee
- BroBible - J. Camm
- UPROXX - Josh Kurp
Anyone speak French? Good thing for Google Translate, or else I would’ve gone with my defacto response to all things French and claimed “the French are assholes!” when reading this article from Melty Campus.
Turns out it was pretty positive.
That’s not to say there aren’t some detractors… let’s not forget the ire of Ireland. (See what I did there? I am patting myself on the back for a pun that probably has been used countless times. Well, it’s the first time I’ve ever used or seen it! SO BACK OFF!!!) I openly address their inaccurate claims in our last post and will happily speak to any “media” who might want to engage. (But be forewarned – I was on the Speech and Debate team my freshman year of high school and routinely lost every match. Eventually, I was just fetching water for everyone on the team. But I listened a lot!)
I am excited for what’s in store on our product roadmap. But with big growth, comes big responsibility – therefore I’m going to have a margarita and take a nap. While I’m sleeping, we are now looking to add a backend developer, proficient in Ruby on Rails (which is sadly not a grapefruit-based cocktail), and a mobile iOS/Android developer. It’d be a great time to get in on the action. I got a bottom shelf margarita waiting for you! Email: Jobs@GirlsOnAMap.com if you’re interested.
I have never been one to shy away from my detractors – you can ask my Mom all about our epic battles. The ones where she yells at me and I run off to my room, slap an “enter at your own risk” sign on the door, and slam it shut! That sign even has a skull and cross bones on it, so you know I mean business. Then, I cry myself to sleep.
While I’m hesitant to call so much attention to an article that is filled with inaccurate information (I was a professional journalist, after all – not a good one, but still professional), I will do it for the sake of Miss Ruffino, who I’d imagine gets a rush from the attention she generates on Twitter from rabble-rousing. (FYI: Her picture was not uploaded by us and promptly taken down when informed, but apparently someone has not learned how to hit the “refresh” button on a page.)
While I would’ve loved to have kept some of the dog (that’s how we spell it here in the states) pictures that were uploaded – some were really cute – it just wasn’t consistent with the site’s themes. That’s not to say that DogsOnAMap isn’t out of the realm of possibility – we are a site under the umbrella of OnAMap, which helps travelers discover the world based on niche interests. (Although, GuysOnAmap is next!)
In trying to engage with Miss Ruffino in a civilized manner on Twitter, she essentially refused, continuing to name-call, and opting to espouse her ideas on how all of society should act. In her world (on Twitter), she’s the only one who’s allowed to express opinions, while others must fall into line and praise her one-sided, inflammatory nature. Its gotta help increase her Twitter followers! (Do you think she’d block me from following her?!?)
In saying that I’m a feminist, I was readily criticized on the Twittersphere. Apparently there’s only one form of feminism – decided upon by Miss Ruffino and her Twitter followers. If you’re a feminist in her world, you’re a one trick pony. I don’t have to go into detail about how I help women avoid douchebags and predatory males, but I can tell you that more than half of my readers on my personal blog are female. They must be lacking in self-confidence. Or maybe they have daddy issues… Oh, and did I mention 12% of our registered users on GirlsOnAMap are female? It CAN’T be!
As for the site being a mechanism for “stalking” and “rape?” Ludicrous. There is no way that any user can track down another through the site. How does giving someone advice on the best ways to engage in the opposite sex bad? One of the most frightening things a guy can ever do in his life is approach a woman. So it’s “rapey” to go up to someone you’re interested in and talk to them? Is it manipulation when someone goes out and buys clothes that might help them look better? Or showers? Grooms him/or herself? Or learns how to dance salsa before going to Colombia? Or reads Dostoyevsky before going to Russia? Or not tell girls you’ve watched every episode of SpongeBob SquarePants? (I had to learn that one the hard way.)
I think it’s rather endearing.
When it comes down it, Miss Ruffino and her followers are hypocrites. (Which is kindergarten language compared to the names she was calling me.) If you’ve ever talked to one of your friends about a romantic interest they just met and asked what they looked like, how cute they were, what they looked like on a scale of 1 to 10, how good they were in bed (gasp!) then you’re all guilty of objectification. I just happened to be the one to bring this discussion online.
Anyhow, I think that Miss Ruffino and I could’ve been friends. I appreciate people with opinions that differ from mine, because I know we live in a diverse world with many, many different types of people. In all honesty, I would’ve really enjoyed a thoughtful, intellectual conversation. But not living in a box of anger probably hurt me from furthering the discussion. If I’d come out swinging and cursing, that may have appealed to her preferences.
Oh well. I do appreciate that everyone has a forum for dialogue on today’s internet. And that’s the way it should be.
January 15, 2014 at 3:35am
Today we announce the launch of GirlsOnAMap out of private beta! It’s kind of like introducing people to that girlfriend we’ve been hiding for months after we finally get her to wear more flattering clothes, put on just a touch of makeup, stop talking about World of Warcraft, and to laugh without snorting. Inside, we love her, but we also want our friends to envy us.
Get that analogy? Because I learn from the best. Outkast taught me to shake it like a polaroid picture. Then Lil Jon switched it up on us and said to shake it like a salt shaker. I can envision those scenarios. Thank you, Outkast and Lil Jon.
In one of my favorite movies of all time, next to Titanic, Stella got her groove back from going to Jamaica. You think it would’ve been as awesome if Stella hooked up with Burt, the mechanic, down the street on a drunken night at the local dive bar?!?!
But, really, how great is vacation romance? It’s truly the elixer of life. You’re in one of the most beautiful places in the world (unless you chose to visit Detroit), both you and your newfound lover have one goal everyday, and that’s to relax, drink, and do naughty things. Not a care in the world! (Until you get home!!! But you’ll find that out soon enough!) As one of the most prolific vacation romancers of all time (mostly romancing myself), I can tell you that hooking up on vacation is an amazing feeling.
She make a man want to speak Spanish. Como se llama? Mi casa? Su Casa? (Thank you, Wyclef!) This is turning out to be the most prolific blog post of pop culture references. I should be friends with Abed from Community. The point is, hooking up with locals on vacation takes a little bit of work; from learning the basics of the language, learning the customs, even picking up some dance lessons on YouTube beforehand, so that you won’t be that alienated wallflower.
GirlsOnAMap is here to help. While initially mainly beta testing in Reykjavik, Iceland and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, we were pleased to find out that the site started to take on a life of its own. With people uploading pictures of REAL girls from around the world (so you can see what those Kazakhstanis look like!) and leaving country tips, we were confident in announcing our release to the world. Like a map of Hawaii.
You’re welcome. Now wipe yourself off and go out and get some strange ass, like Vince Vaughn taught us it would be okay in Wedding Crashers. And if you want to throw a few miles our way, so be it.
October 30, 2013 at 8:25am
These days, startups have the craziest names. Although, once they get all big and famous, they don’t seem all that crazy anymore. Yahoo. Google. Yelp. Uber. Tumblr. They actually sound pretty cool now!
We went the exact opposite way and essentially left nothing to the imagination. Why would we? It’s simple. Girls and maps. What better way to show you where girls are located than putting their pictures on a map? And what better way to name a site like this than calling it GirlsOnAMap? Facebook seemed to do okay with this. Couchsurfing puts up pretty good mental images as well. Even Airbnb makes sense.
Recently, as in two minutes ago, after some feedback from several friends, I decided to change the way our name is written from “Girls On A Map” to “GirlsOnAMap”. It’s just easier and looks better. When I was writing the name spelled out, the words “On” and “A” just seemed like they were in no-man’s land.
Our logo will stay the same for now, with “GIRLS” and “MAP” capitalized, but when writing, you can just put them all together with the letters of each word capitalized. GirlsOnAMap.
I think Hot or Not had this confusing problem for years. In fact, I’m not sure I even wrote it correctly now. At one point, their logo had HOTorNOT and people were writing it in all sorts of different ways - upper, lower, connected, not connected. I only like to be mysterious at the bars (and while sobering up in the drunk tank so people won’t beat me up due to their lack of knowledge on why I’m there), so there it is defined. GirlsOnAMap.
October 15, 2013 at 4:55am
A lot of talk in the startup world goes into what a company’s minimally viable product (MVP) encompasses. Along the way, we here at GirlsOnAMap excitedly released “minimal” versions of our site – rating and uploading girls, social media sharing, a top-rated list, amongst others – only to realize that some of our “priority” features were misguided, based off of analytics.
In Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup, he teaches that we must be able to pivot quickly and to use consumer feedback/metrics in moving forward with our next builds… or something like that – there weren’t enough pictures and Breaking Bad was playing in the background. So, from what I think I read, this is the reason we chose to build out the subsequent features.
- City/Girls Tips Pages - Before, people could leave tips when uploading a picture of a girl, but there was no forum to engage the discussion further. If you look at my blog post on Silicon Valley Bachelor about Icelandic women, the discussion in the comments is what we needed the ability to harness.
- Profile Pages - When a user uploaded pictures, there was no easy way for them to really track their pictures or tips. They could manually go through the site by clicking on pins on the map, but a profile gives you an identity! And who doesn’t want an identity? Besides Banksy?
Those two pages were built about a month ago, but our three latest pushes are what I’m most excited about today - and they all tie happily together (except for a few days ago when two of them got into a lover’s quarrel…):
- Email Alerts - When a user’s picture or tip is highly rated or replied to, we can now send an email alert, along with new feature announcements!
- Onsite Alerts - This allows a user’s profile to be more engaging, immersive, and an incentive to return to the site.
- Gameification - We realize that a problem almost all startups have is turning a user from a “lurker” to a contributor. As part of our long-term strategy, rewarding our high-end users with points, status levels, travel awards, and special access, will be an incentive for our entire community. (We’re excited about what some of this will mean for you in the future!)
Welp, there you have it. Go forth and explore the new site. I think we’re now at an MVP, even though we have about a thousand other features and major products in the pipeline. Your clicks will tell us what we should prioritize next. Feel free to email us at Feedback@GirlsOnAMap.com if you have any suggestions.
October 1, 2013 at 7:12am
We all do it. Our scale of 1 to 10. Blame Bo Derek – she set the bar. The girl you met last night. "What was she on a scale of 1 to 10?" We all have it in our minds the consensus scale of who constitutes particular numbers, while individual interpretation is ALWAYS subject for humorous, and sometimes contentious, debate.
One of the initial beliefs I had when starting GirlsOnAMap was that the internet is full of lurkers - members of an online community who observe, but do not actively participate. Part of this assumption came from first-hand experience. As an active blogger, with well over 10k unique readers a month, I was often surprised by the amount of people and friends I came across who never “liked,” “shared,” “favorited,” “retweeted,” or “commented” on any of my posts, but would exclaim in person how much they “loved” my blog, SiliconValleyBachelor.com, even when not prompted.
Little do they know how much I live for those “likes” and comments as affirmation of the worthiness of my life! Like Walter White, I did – and do – it for myself, but it’s the joy others get from reading it that really gives me a boner. Writing it only gives me a chub.
By starting the user experience off with curiosity – we ask the user to rate a girl to find out what country she’s from – this allows us to gather crucial data that we will be able to utilize during the “long tail”. With these ratings, we can form “crowd sourced” data for girls across the world. What cities and countries rate/rank the highest and lowest, how an individual tends to rank the world, where we might be able to suggest for travel destinations to each particular user, along with several other concepts we have in store for the future.
A lot of travel websites have popped up over the last few years based off of using Facebook’s social graph that will show you who’s been to the location where you plan on traveling. You can also do this through Facebook’s own site when you search for a city or country. Those sites now bill themselves as “travel-inspiration” sites. Their problem, along with the likes of TripAdvisor, is that they try to be everything to everyone. It’s difficult to attract anyone when you’re trying to attract everyone. Your information becomes convoluted and rather useless.
I believe the web is ripe for niche sites. Much like you saw with cable television and the magazine industry throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s through today, web properties will continue to diversify and expand. There used to be just a handful of different television networks that played to a broad audience. It was a little bit of something for everyone on each network - cartoons, news, comedy, drama, talk shows… Then, you began to see networks geared towards ONLY music, or comedy, or cartoons, or ethnicities. As the years progressed, it’s become even more fragmented and refined: motherhood, home improvement, cooking… The same has happened with magazines. Time, US News & World Report, and People used to have sections that covered a little bit of all daily lives: sports, entertainment, business, hard news, light news, crossword puzzles, cartoons, and editorials. Now you can find a magazine JUST for beach lovers or tattoo artists. US Weekly ate so much of People magazine’s cake, they were forced to become more celeb and tabloid heavy.
GirlsOnAMap is the start of a multi-branded asset. A niche, branded asset that is long overdue on the web. This first foray of On A Map, inc. is for the single, bachelor demographic, who has a lot of discretionary income. I’ve spent years of my life talking with friends (lifelong and those I’ve just met on travels) about girls, the pursuit of them, and it’s always an ambitious discussion! There are no clear cut answers, but it sure is fun talking about it.
May GirlsOnAMap be your online platform, where bachelors - just like yourself (and friendly females) - discuss the women we’ve met in our lives around the world, their cultural differences, physical attributes, the ways we broke the ice, how we hooked up (God-willing), and the places where we made it happen.
It all starts with a rating…
Girls On A Map, Founder
September 26, 2013 at 5:00am
After traveling to over 26 countries, with almost all of them as a swinging, debilitatingly good-looking bachelor, you get into a lot of conversations about where in the world are the hottest women, the most promiscuous, the ones that age the best, the countries with the best nightlife, the cheapest drinks, and other shallow topics.
Some of my partying stories to coworkers at my previous startup led to the start of a “pickup” tip blog, called SiliconValleyBachelor.com. One post in particular became the foundation of this site, GirlsOnAMap.com.
The title of that particular post? “The World’s Easiest Women: Iceland"
If you enter “Iceland Women” into a search engine, my post shows up as the #1 result. In the comments section of that post, people from all over the world (including girls from Iceland) debate whether girls in Iceland ARE “easy,” whether they age well, whether they are all blonde and blue-eyed (they’re not), and discuss Icelandic customs, norms and society. Surprisingly, it’s actually a very intellectual conversation.
I thought to myself - there’s not one “go-to” site on the web where you can find a discussion about girls from every city and country. Try searching for “Brazilian girls” or “Swedish girls” and you’ll see various blogs. But even if you go to the sites, the pictures they show are never of REAL girls, just models and actresses, which are not a great snapshot of NORMAL, every-day girls. There’s also never a conversation about the best ways to meet these girls while traveling. Thus, GirlsOnAMap was born!
Of course, with every startup, “pivots” are made along the way based off of user experience and what consumers want. At GirlsOnAMap – you can rate girls around the world, and we’ll be able to suggest travel destinations based off your ratings, the best nightlife destinations on any given day of the week, cultural differences, and the best ways to meet and talk with girls on your travels. Consider us your virtual wingman, no matter where you are.
On this blog (and the website), I will try and talk about decisions we’ve made on the product, why we’re doing certain things, mistakes, successes, and… of course, hot girls from around the world, dating tips, and maybe… some of my crazy hookup stories.
On a side note, who IS hotter?
Sweden? (Click the pics to see and find out more about the girls on the site)