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Old 11-18-2015, 01:49 PM
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Question InMyBag: Disc Golf Social Media Platform

Hey guys! This is my first post on here so go easy with the criticism, haha.

I’ve been playing disc golf for a couple years now, and in that time period I have been able to see our sport grow to new levels. As the sport continues to grow, I think the players could benefit from a solid, accessible platform for sharing and communicating about what’s going on within the disc golf community.

In this age of instant notifications and ability to access huge amounts of information, one thing I have found missing in the disc golf community is a higher level of instant connectivity with my fellow disc golfers and the pros such as McBe4st, Will, and Ricky. What if I told you that I currently have a working prototype for such a platform to allow you all to do just that?

I’ve spent the better part of this year working on what I am calling InMyBag. It’s a free app for Android (iOS coming soon) and a desktop version of the app is in the works (I do have a day job, haha). The app is going to be jam packed with TONS of features. The most exciting of which is notifications on events such someone you follow getting an ace, finding a disc, or losing a disc.

How am I going to get the pros to use this app? I am currently talking with one of the top disc golf manufacturers/sponsors who shall remain nameless for the time being, and they have expressed a desire to work with me on this app and distribute it out to their players.

What I need you guys to help me on:

I need to know what features you want and expect out of this. I tried to cover all the features I would want to see in this app as a fellow disc golfer, but everyone has their own opinions.

If you think this app is worth supporting, please fill out this survey below to make this happen!

SURVEY

Thanks for giving this a read and happy hucking!
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:06 PM
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I am not really your target audience, I don't own or use a cell phone, but my trepidation would revolve around reinventing the wheel. I don't find I have much of a gap in disc golf platform accesibility. Between the discussion and course review capabilities of here (which several top pro's make use of, McBeth, MJ and Holly Finley amongst the ones off the top of my head) and the tournament and communication abilities of Disc Golf Scene. DGS is certainly a more regional tool, made use of in the Midwest and Michigan. I am not able to access the survey here at work, perhaps it is not working, not sure. Good luck to you on your adventure and I will be sure to check it out.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:28 PM
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Yeah discgolfscene.com has pretty much all that maybe if you work with them to take make an app that works in conjunction with the site. And get more pros to use it.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:31 PM
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Good luck with the venture! That said, between the lively scene on here, Reddit, and multiple Facebook groups, a lot of connectivity is pretty well-established. I'll be curious to see how this goes.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:31 PM
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Thanks for the awesome feedback, guys, I appreciate any and all criticism!
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:51 PM
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Took the survey.

I find it interesting that DGCR is the place to go for posting something like this, since DGCR has all this functionality already plus a forum to get feedback. The only thing that DGCR doesn't have is an iOS app, but there is an Android one so I can't speak to it.

Personally I don't use the disc thing on here, but some do. I use DGCR almost exclusively for the forums and the course reviews/maps/hole pics when searching new courses to play. I get email notifications on new posts to my threads and I can read them instantly from that notification on my phone, and I can click and respond which works pretty slick.

I follow pros on Facebook and Twitter, which I use anyway, and those are highly developed social media apps that are maintained by hoards of people, and billions of users.

I just bought like 8 new discs to try in G-Line and GStar for the winter months, and I didn't give one thought to taking the time to upload the specs into an app no one will look at... I haven't even gotten around to updating my signature with disc model and color... ... an honest opinion but one that may be valuable in the long run.

Maybe DGCR could use a hand getting the iOS app up and running? You've got a huge user base already using this platform (including the top pros you're looking to get on your new thing) and all the functionality you discussed is right here on DGCR, forums with updates, discs in your bag, stuff open to buy/trade/sell. The only thing not on here is the "follow" feature - which is where Facebook comes in to play. I'm not going to dump Facebook/Twitter, so this would be an additional thing added to my phone screen.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:56 PM
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The most exciting of which is notifications on events such someone you follow getting an ace, finding a disc, or losing a disc.
If this is the most exciting aspect of this app....
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Jenga54, thanks for the honest reply. My main drive behind creating this app was a way to see what discs the pros were using at any given time. None of them do in my bag videos for every course, and I don't know about the rest of you, but I would love to know exactly what they are using for each tournament throughout the year. Most of the other features I was going to add to InMyBag, I was only going to do because every other social media platform related to disc golf had them. But it sounds like everyone is pretty happy with the capabilities offered by this site and other similar ones, which is just fine too. No need to reinvent the wheel, haha.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:37 PM
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So, I guess the question I should be asking, is anyone else interested in having access to what any of the pros have in their bag at any given time for a particular course? If not, I can just stop development of this app and fine something else to devote my time to.
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So, I guess the question I should be asking, is anyone else interested in having access to what any of the pros have in their bag at any given time for a particular course? If not, I can just stop development of this app and fine something else to devote my time to.
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