After finally digesting our holiday meals, we had a look at the most important things we built or started in 2016. Better yet—you can tell us where to go from here.
2016 was drink-a-protein-shake-at-your-laptop-for-lunch busy for team Teleport. Now, it’s time to look at some of the coolest/most important things that we put out last year, and start planning this one—with your help.
Our users have always been the best source of inspiration and ideas for us. We have a survey about which features, releases or ideas of ours you liked most in 2016, and what you would like us to build or do for you in 2017. Please do have your say—we appreciate it a ton.
Let’s get into it.
We know all too well that moving consists of endless amounts of tasks, and staying on top of it all can be a real pain in the butt. That’s why we built Teleport Zen—a personalized to-do list and moving guide, so you don’t have to make manual moving to-do lists like a peasant anymore.
It’s pre-filled with tasks that we think are important to remember, but you can add, remove, comment, and edit according to your specific needs.
Way cooler user profiles
Want to show off which cities you’ve been to, want to go to, or are moving to next? Now you can personalize your Teleport profile to share with friends, family, communities, followers, etc to let them know where you’ve been and what your plans are.
Want to see what they look like for real? Stalk me, for example.
You can also add locations that aren’t actually on Teleport Cities yet, which gives you a bit more freedom in describing your movement and plans. Of course, if you’d like to make sure these places make it to Teleport Cities at some point, don’t forget to vote for them.
Data contributions from users
If you haven’t noticed yet, we’ve put polls on our city pages to expand the accuracy of our data based on the knowledge and experience of our users. So, if you see one of these little things on a city profile…
Comparing your opinions and knowledge with our data will help us adjust it and make the whole experience more accurate and enjoyable for everyone.
Want to see how a city compares to another one, side to side? No problem—just click on the “compare city” button on a profile page, and choose which one you want as the second participant in the battle of cities.
You can easily change the comparable cities at the top of the compare view, and if you’d like to use the view in any of your materials, you can just link to it. Here’s London vs Berlin, for example.
A whole bunch of new widgets
Have you seen our LGBT rights widget yet? Or our outdoors amenities one? We add new widgets and information every few months to offer a wider range of information about all aspects of life.
Bonus coolness: a lot of our widgets have their own subpages now—many widgets contain a lot of information that we don’t want to put directly on the city profile page to save you from scrolling until you die of old age. So, we built subpages for easy access to more info if you want it.
Category top lists
Want to know which cities rank best in housing? Education? Internet access? Culture?
Check out our global top lists for these categories here.
If you’re new to Teleport and not sure whether you’re invested enough to create an account yet, or want to show someone else how the whole thing works, you can use an anonymous profile for snooping around and seeing what we’re all about—no strings attached.
To get a look around, just go to our front page and click on the inviting red “Let’s start!” button at the top of the screen. And then, as we inevitably charm you, you can create an full blown account later on.
You know you want to.
A lot of people asked us to make our widgets embeddable so they can share them on their pages, blog posts, articles, sites…
We’re not jelly, so obviously we did it. Look for the little EMBED button in the bottom right corner of any of our widgets, so you can use them anywhere you like.
Here, we’ll put one in this blog post to show you:
The embeddable widgets are interactive AND you can choose to keep the city picker at the top of the widget to see other cities, as well. Nifty, right?
Ask a Local reboot
Is Boston bike friendly? What’s the best vegan cafe in Paris? Is selling one of my kidneys enough to rent an apartment in San Francisco?
Data is cool and all, but sometimes, advice from a local is a whole new level of useful. Our Ask a Local community has been around for a while, but in 2016 we gave it an extra push to make it more active and attract more people from cities around the world to share their experiences.
So, if you have any questions about living in a certain city, ask a local. You won’t be left hanging!
The paper clip project
Lots of stuff has been happening in the world in the past few years, and some of it has created a pretty hostile, intolerant environment that we do not think is cool at all.
So, we wanted to kick off something to voice our concern and support for those who feel threatened—the paper clip project.
Join us in wearing a symbol of tolerance and respect!
Yay for if you made it to the end of the post! Don’t forget to fill out our survey for 2016/2017—we’ll be forever grateful.