31 comments

  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    I want to like it so much but one things is bothering me too much... What problem are they solving? It really doesn't seem like a need to me.

    I think the app and site are excellent of course but the problem it's solving keeps tripping me up. It seems so frivolous. It adds to the notion of "Apps keep solving the problems of single 20 somethings in Silicon Valley."

    Anyone else feel this way?

    4 points
    • Murat MutluMurat Mutlu, almost 6 years ago

      Just been using it, seems to be in the entertainment/fun category.

      Good way to kill time I think.

      1 point
    • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, almost 6 years ago

      Totally agree. I've tried to remove my personal feelings from this though. Folks with money will do what they please in terms of 'tech' companies/apps/etc.

      I've realized one thing though: we all have the balls to make cool stuff, but sometimes don't have the brains to realize when we shouldn't.

      In this case, they didn't find a sufficient reason as to why they shouldn't make it.

      3 points
    • Andy StoneAndy Stone, almost 6 years ago

      The best review I heard of it was: it is Yahoo Answers for the Bourgeoisie.

      15 points
    • Chris De La FuenteChris De La Fuente, almost 6 years ago

      Whenever I have a question it's just nice to ask people who I know. Sometimes it feels better getting an answer from a real human being instead of going on Google even though you know you could find out there too.

      1 point
  • Account deleted almost 6 years ago

    I could actually see something like this taking off for video games. I’m stuck somewhere and I know there’s a way out, but where? But Jelly isn’t the solution to that particular problem the way it is now.

    3 points
    • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 6 years ago

      That's interesting, I didn't think of that. I'm not sure about other consoles but games on the Wii have communities around them and you can get help if you're stuck.

      0 points
    • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, almost 6 years ago

      In that particular case, why not just hop over to GameFAQs and look up hints/walkthrough or jump on the forum?

      0 points
      • Account deleted almost 6 years ago

        I like Jelly’s limitation to strangers with 1-degree of a shared connection. You’re less likely to get trollish or just plain-unhelpful advice this way, especially when dealing with the gaming community. GameFAQs in particular is a cesspit for this, but every new generation of community that gets created for gamers seems to have less of this trouble.

        0 points
  • Alex MontagueAlex Montague, almost 6 years ago

    Very nicely done, but I'm quite skeptical. They'll struggle with stopping trolls, getting people to answer as much as they ask, and getting them to answer quickly.

    3 points
  • Eric H.Eric H., almost 6 years ago

    For a Q&A engine this sounds a lot like Aardvark, which "connected users with friends or friends-of-friends who were able to answer their questions, also known as a knowledge market. " It was acquired in 2010 for $50M and shut down soon after.

    The photo/image piece of Jelly makes it a little different as Aardvark relied more heavily on text and tags to connect you to others who had somehow identified as SME's of certain subjects.

    For an even more startling comparison, take a look at Q&A site Fluther. . . which also comes equipped with a jellyfish. http://www.fluther.com/

    2 points
  • Christoph OChristoph O, almost 6 years ago

    Just played with it a little bit. Obviously there's little content since it was just launched, but I think it's a well-polished app. Here are a few things that stood out to me.

    • App launches within 1-2 seconds with camera running (iPhone 5) - low friction to creating content
      • No user profiles - app links out to people's FB/Twitter profiles
      • No tabs, menu or other navigation
    • No option to delete questions - created a test one, but couldn't remove it again
      • Interesting photo format - not quite square, but close

    It's an interesting strategy to build a QA service as a lightweight layer on top of other social networks. I'm sure it's very well through-through and it will be interesting to see how this develops.

    1 point
  • Sabrina MajeedSabrina Majeed, almost 6 years ago

    The thing that's bothering me the most right now is I can't seem to find a way to turn off push notifications. When I tap on the settings icon all I get is a prompt to connect more social network accounts. :/ My phone's been going off all day as more and more people join.

    0 points
    • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, almost 6 years ago

      Settings.app? Just turn them off from there.

      2 points
    • Nikhil SrinivasanNikhil Srinivasan, almost 6 years ago

      You can adjust your notfication preferences under Settings.app -> Notification Center -> Jelly.

      I agree with you though...from a user experience standpoint I immediately wished I had finer controls as to from who and how often I would get push notifications.

      0 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 6 years ago

    This seems interesting, I'll check it out. Although, most questions I want answered get answered here, Stack Overflow, Facebook, Twitter, DuckDuckGo, &c.

    0 points
  • Travis VocinoTravis Vocino, almost 6 years ago

    Isn't this exactly what Quora does?

    I can submit an answer, ping my network, other members can ping other members, etc. I don't know.

    Also as another commenter mentioned, there was a small service called Aardvark that was doing this as well.

    0 points
    • Pedro Pinto, almost 6 years ago

      I think the main difference is that Jelly is more focused in images and, since is focused in mobile, probably focused in simpler questions.

      I'm a big fan of Quora, there are a lot of interesting users in the community and all kind of fields (even in the adult industry).

      0 points
    • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, almost 6 years ago

      Quora does seem more academic about it. Answers on Quora seem more carefully crafted and more interested in getting a unique perspective or an author with expertise. Jelly is much more casual, tons of one work answers and questions are much less inquisitive or serious.

      0 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, almost 6 years ago

    Just read about it on TC this morning. Certainly an interesting approach with quite a big ambiguous goal behind it.

    Still, not sure if I would actually use it.

    0 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 6 years ago

    uh. can't you just tweet a question?

    0 points
    • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

      I agree, but this is the exact type of thing people said about Twitter years ago.

      Can't you just blog about it without the character limitation?

      On another note, I like your icon Jim.

      1 point
  • Caleb WintersCaleb Winters, almost 6 years ago

    Nice platform, but I think Jelly is gonna struggle getting quality content. I feel like I'm swiping through about 20 selfies/portraits with questions like "Who is this?", "What is this guy doing?", "Can anyone guess where I am? lol". It's inane. #overit

    0 points
    • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, almost 6 years ago

      I am 100% with you. As I am flipping through it most of the questions are questions that are more goofy then seeking information. I found myself answering some that were something like "How good is this whiskey" and "Where can I buy this [insert esoteric thing]?" Also, once someone has correctly answered a question, the 15 other answers with the same thing are kinda goofy and there is really no filtering mechanism for it.

      0 points
  • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, almost 6 years ago

    This app is kind of a fun way to kill time. I've have enjoyed flipping though and answered a few questions. But at the end of the day, I kept thinking : I can just Google the answer to most of these questions.

    0 points
  • Pedro Pinto, almost 6 years ago

    For more info about the product: http://blog.jelly.co/post/72563498393/introducing-jelly

    0 points