How do you feel about me? Baltimore technologist's app has a quick way to find out - Technical.ly Baltimore

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Dec. 11, 2020 10:11 am

How do you feel about me? Baltimore technologist’s app has a quick way to find out

Guillermo Vazquez built Koali Me to get fast feedback. It debuted on Product Hunt this week.
Koali.me is like a digital vibe check.

Koali.me is like a digital vibe check.

(Screenshot via koali.me)

Put something out into the world, and chances are you want to know what people think of it.

But even in a connected world, being a content creator can be kind of lonely. Maybe a user just moves on, more maybe they click through or click like, but it can be tough to gauge what people really think.

In recent months, Guillermo Vazquez has noticed a couple ways that people can take interactions a bit deeper. One is distributed links, which can be left on any site but lead back to a single destination (the link in bio, if you will).

Another is QR codes, which have taken on additional use in a contactless world. He’s been seeing more around at restaurants around his neighborhood in Fells Point.

Vazquez, who is a graduate student in computer science at Johns Hopkins University, figured that both of these would be good ways to deliver a quick survey for feedback. It’s at the heart of a project he launched this week called Koali Me.

It works like this: Drop a link online or a QR code in-person, and quick emoji survey poll comes up. The idea is that a user can take a few seconds to tell someone how they feel about it. It also has a dashboard to track the responses over time.

Guillermo Vazquez. (Courtesy photo)

Guillermo Vazquez. (Courtesy photo)

Likewise, Vazquez sees a couple uses. It could be used to get feedback from a group, like those restaurants and content creators, or a teacher asking how class went. Or, on an individual level, people can put it on their Twitter or Instagram, and just find out what others think of them.

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After building through a number of maker communities where technologists build in public, like the Discord server Gen Z Mafia, Vazquez debuted the app on Product Hunt this week. It made the top 25 on Monday.

“Human interaction has been redefined recently and things are a lot more socially distant, reasonably so, and with that things do get a little less human,” Vazquez said. “Hopefully this adds a fast way for restaurants or teachers to stay in touch emotionally with customers or students. Using that extra dimension of feedback, hopefully they can expand and they can grow.”

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