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Faces

Create a people directory for your community 👫

Faces

Create a people directory for your community 👫

Faces lets you show off your community in a fun and visual way. Whether you're running a meetup group, Slack chat, or any other type of community; with Faces you can build a living people directory of who's who.

People can add their own profile and keep it updated. All you need to do is approve new profiles before they are added to your page.

Use tags to easily filter community members by expertise, interest, and more. Host your page on your own domain name, with your own branding and logo. Try it out today and let me know what you think ✌️

🚀 We just launched today. You're one of the first people to try out Faces.

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Hi all 👋

Excited to launch Faces today. More than 4 years in the making. Kind of.

All the way back in 2013 I created a site to showcase creatives and makers from my local community in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Ever since people asked me to create a similar site for their community. I was working on a lot of different products already and figured some other company would step in and create a service for this kind of stuff.

Few years later, late 2016, there still wasn't a simple service to create a visual overview of the people in a community. I did some quick Twitter research and it turned out more people were interested in such a page and even willing to pay.

So I created a few pages at $200 a pop (for the first year) for a handful of customers. Initially I literally just copied the codebase and did a find & replace for their community name, logo, etc. Later I replaced those with 'environment variables' so the codebase could be the same for each community, although there was still no way for customers to update those variables themselves and setting up a new page required me to spin up a new Heroku instance.

About 2-3 weeks ago I finally started working on a true multi-tenancy version of Faces. That means every community page is hosted on the same server using the same codebase. Basically it means that people can now create and manage their own page, without requiring my involvement. A true SaaS.

Anyway. That's where we are today. I'm excited to see what you'll do with it and let me know if you have any questions or feedback. 🙌
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Hi Marc, Great product. May I ask how the pricing model looks like?
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@farbodsaraf Thanks Farbod. It's $29/mo for up to 100 member profiles. We'll be adding a pricing table for 100+ members soon.
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So having purchased this and set it up I can say the following, the application is very straightforward to use, and once your CNAME is set you can be live in minutes.

PROS :-

Very quick and easy to set up
Tag based approach straightforward and good for SEO
Error free so far
7 day free trial is fair and a great idea

CONS :-

If you use more than a handful of tags on a desktop the branding overlays over the tags

Redirecting to the site fails so your subdomain works great but then what about the main domain

Impossible to signup on a mobile

Obtrusive branding on mobile devices

Support non good to date after following advice to DM developer got no reply for 24 hours

Not sure that $29 is cost effective for a community of 100 which should fill up very quickly on the basis this application will not make any money

Requests

Would be good to be able to add some custom HTML or integrations like click.im or callpage.io or booklikeaboss or crankwheel

Hoping the CONS (and some requests) can be fixed as it is a nice looking application

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@JavaWales Thanks for your feedback. I will address it here so anyone interested can read along, and will reach out via DM as well.

> If you use more than a handful of tags on a desktop the branding overlays over the tags

Great point. If you have a lot of tags this becomes a problem. This is relatively easy to fix though, so I'll get that sorted soon.

> Redirecting to the site fails so your subdomain works great but then what about the main domain

I'm not sure what you mean with this. I'll follow up via Twitter DM to clarify.

> Impossible to signup on a mobile

While you can sign up to create the community page on mobile, it's indeed not yet possible for people to sign up to your community page from mobile. This is something we're working on.

> Obtrusive branding on mobile devices

Good point. On mobile it's quite obtrusive. I'll see if I can make it less obtrusive or simply hide it altogether on mobile. The goal of Faces is for it to be a white-label solution which is hosted on your own domain, etc.

> Support non good to date after following advice to DM developer got no reply for 24 hours

I'm sorry to hear this. I do my best responding promptly, but since it's a weekend I'm a little slower than usual.

> Not sure that $29 is cost effective for a community of 100 which should fill up very quickly on the basis this application will not make any money

For some people the price point is too high, for others it's more than fair. It really seems to depend on your use case. Right now we're focused on use cases where $29/mo is acceptable as supporting a lower price point isn't feasible at this point. (e.g. more support/sales inquiries than we could comfortable handle.)

> Would be good to be able to add some custom HTML or integrations like click.im or callpage.io or booklikeaboss or crankwheel

That's a really cool idea! Right now we have a handful of predetermined social media links people can add to their profile, but none of those yet. Down the road we'll make this more flexible so you as the community manager can add any profiel field you'd like so you could include those you mentioned as well.

Thanks for your feedback. As you know we're still in the early stages of the product, so this type of feedback is super useful. 🙌
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Hi Marc, i take back my comment about support thats a pretty damn comprehensive answer ! Appreciate the reply and can't wait to see the updates ! Ill reply via dm for the redirect issue - might be my setup.
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Also thank you for help with the setup - comprehensive support - thank you !
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Im trying it in free trial. Looking forward to make 3 communities to start. I just want to be able to change language to spanish since thats the speaking language in my city.

Also i want to be able to remove the "powered by faces"
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@vabustillos Hi Victor. Thanks for your feedback. I just replied to your email, but also replying here in case anyone else has the same question.

At the moment it's not possible to change the language of the interace. You can however still write your own texts for the tags, welcome message, etc. That's the bulk of the text.

As for removing "Powered by Faces", this is not possible at the $29/mo plan. I've tried to make it as subtle as possible. I'm also considering adding a referral program where you'd get credit anytime signs up via this link so you could potentially use the service for free. I'm curious to hear if that would change your mind about it?
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I really, really, really like this product. I suggest the ability to arrange the profiles as you wish. That way we can give it a certain look & feel....or maybe charge a bit to the ones that are on top. Just a suggestion.
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@vabustillos That's an interesting idea. Will consider it for the future. Thanks 🙌
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I have always loved the idea of a people's directory. Beneficial in so many ways. I would love to curate one for a community of signers. People who use sign language to communicate. Do you think any gif/video support would be possible with this? Using profile pics as animated stills of each portrait? If that could be implemented, I'm all onboard :]
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@Keith_Delk Hi Keith, yes we support animated GIFs for the profile images :)
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Seems like a very interesting concept. How would one get their Meetup community to integrate with this app? I do however agree that the current pricing structure would keep many people away, especially when they have several hundred and in my case, a few thousand in their groups.
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this is an interesting app. Congrats Marc.

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