Gliffy fluffed it

Gliffy – FlowCharts, Diagrams and Floor Plans are Easy with Gliffy – could’ve been the social network for diagrams in the same way that Slideshare.net is for Powerpoint/Keynote and YouTube is for Videos. But they just don’t understand core elements. For example, discoverability. I should be able to go to the site and see rotating…

Gliffy – FlowCharts, Diagrams and Floor Plans are Easy with Gliffy – could’ve been the social network for diagrams in the same way that Slideshare.net is for Powerpoint/Keynote and YouTube is for Videos. But they just don’t understand core elements.

For example, discoverability. I should be able to go to the site and see rotating list of diagrams that grab my interest and excite my creativity. Instead there are a bunch of “examples”. What happened to rewarding leaders of your community by exhibiting their content on the front page?

There’s no embed function in the examples, no explicit Creative Commons – I nicked this image:
by copying and pasting the URL.
If you want an idea, go check them out then build a community around consumer generated diagrams. There’s a tonne of business and marketing ideas in there. But they are sticking with the “hosting” and premium paid model.

I checked my diagram and there is a popup window – yuck – with embed details. But no hope of finding genuine user generated content that I could see. Such a shame.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Laurel,

    Thanks for the feedback, we really appreciate it. You have some excellent ideas which follow along the same lines of many of our future plans. Stay tuned to our progress, and I think you’ll be happy what you see in the upcoming year.

    regards,

    Chris Kohlhardt
    CEO, Gliffy Inc.

  2. Hi Chris, thank you for commenting and engaging. 🙂 Please remember that I view sites through the filter of “hmm would it be a good online community?” and not necessarily “does it meet an individuals need?”. I’m sure you have people using the diagram tools very happily with no need to easily display them publicly, or link them to their profile portfolio, or ask for them to be commented on.

    But if your future plans include building the social network elements, well then, it’s all good. 🙂

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