Gootip is designed to help users find answers to their location-based question. The site provides a multiple step process that helps users get the insight and details they need. The user can first ask a question by performing a search on Gootip. If the user does not find the answers they are searching for, they can turn to the Gootip community. Once the user asks their question, they will begin to receive responses from other users who know the area they are asking about. Users can find any kind of location focused information, such as which Chinese restaurants are the best in an area or where local parks can be found. Gootip includes embedded Google Maps to help users see exactly which geographical areas and landmarks they are discussing. Developers can access the Gootip API to use the application in their own projects. Businesses, on the other hand, can sign up to receive notifications when a user asks questions about their business. This gives the business owner a unique opportunity to supply a direct answer and possible entice a new customer.
Gootip was created to help users find answers to their location based questions. The website creators wanted to put together a tool that was community driven and provided unique opportunities for businesses and developers. Today, many people use Gootip to get answers and insight into locations they have questions about.
Gootip has combined too common tools and turned them into one powerful solution. The website takes standard question and answer applications and combined them with map applications. The result gives users a place to share information and obtain answers that might otherwise have been very difficult to find. Gootip is a great tool for less specific questions, such as which neighborhoods are dangerous in a community or where the best shopping or dining opportunities are found in a city or town.
The Gootip website welcomes users with a fun, colorful design. The site features a dark header with the search tool. The user can enter keywords and a specific destination to see what questions and answers or other resources are already out there. The Gootip logo uses a bright blue and light grey color scheme with a wide arrow pointing below the bottom of the “G.” The site is well-organized and does not allow the entertaining color scheme or design interfere with its navigability.
A visitor is not required to create a Gootip account to search for existing answers. However to access all the feature and ask questions, the user will need to create an account. This can be done by clicking the white “Sign In” link in the upper, right hand corner of the site. The user will find two rounded buttons at the top of the page. One allows them to sign in with an existing Twitter account and the other with a Facebook account. The actual registration form is presented along the right hand side. The form asks for a gender, nickname, email address, city and password.
Gootip provides a very helpful service, however it relies heavily on user responses and interactions. Without the community, Gootip would be severely lacking in information. Luckily the site remains accessible, providing all users with free access to all current features.
Gootip is a great tool for anyone who has extensive knowledge of a community, city or other geographic area as well as those who seek answers to their location-focused questions. Users can post questions that they do not find answers to and receive multiple responses from people who have been and/or live in the area they are inquiring about.