Version 3.3 – Social Sharing & Bug Fixes

What a year it has been for the uTest platform. In April, we relaunched our product with a ground-up rewrite. Then in the following months we added features like tester snapshots, better reporting, public tester profiles, and more. It’s been a whirlwind of activity to say the least.

Social Sharing
With version 3.3, we’re introducing a new feature to make it easy for testers to share what’s happening with their uTest accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. For example, you can let the world know that you’ve just gotten a rating badge or that you’ve published your public profile. You can even add a personal message to anything you share.

Remember: You cannot say anything about specific customers outside of the uTest platform, so please be careful about what you write.

Bug Fixes
With so much development in the past 8 months, it was inevitable that some glitches got through. Fortunately, we have a community of 30,000+ testers on the watch, and their efforts gave us a good list of things that needed fixing. The holiday months of 2010 proved to be a great time for bug fixing and product tightening, and with this release we’ve fixed almost 100 bugs – nearly all of them discovered and reported by the talented testers in our community.

Closing Thoughts
Our engineers have been laying the foundations for some really amazing new features that are due to come out in the next few months. It’s been a great year, and we’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2011.

Have an idea for future product releases? uTest community members can join our tester forums and check out our Platform Feedback section. Customers can contact their project manager directly or drop us a line.

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uTest, Amazon & LiveOps Discuss The Human Cloud [video]

Crowdsourcing has captured the imagination of many companies – from bootstrapped startups to global enterprises. The concept is that of a “Human Cloud” for labor. While it has proven itself effective, in many cases, modern managers are confused, wondering which everyday tasks can be crowdsourced, how to define the tasks, and under what conditions an elastic workforce is the right decision?

Below, three of the leading minds in crowdsourcing, including uTest CEO Doron Reuveni, LiveOps CEO Maynard Webb and Amazon VP Sharon Chiarella, discuss how an elastic workforce can be utilized, and what managers should understand when considering such solutions (GigaOM Net:Work Conference).

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Follow All 3 to Win a Wii, a PS3, a Boxee, an Xbox 360 and $2011 in More Prizes!

We can’t believe it but we are weeks away from 2011, and to kick off the new year in proper style, we’re going to have one last amazing contest this year. Here’s your final chance this year to win a Wii, an iPad, Cash and more!

In light of the holidays, we’ve made this contest easy! All you have to do is follow uTest on all 3 social networks and let us know with a simple tweet.

RULES:
1. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and become a fan on Facebook
2. Tweet to @uTest with hash tag #FollowedAll3
3. Include your top three prizes (from grab bag below) in your tweet. That’s it!

(e.g. @uTest I want to win the iPad, Xbox 360 or Cash! #FollowedAll3)

Each week (for the next four weeks!), we will draw two names from all tweets containing the hash tag, #FollowedAll3. You can tweet once a day (to increase your chances). All winners then have the opportunity to choose one prize from our grab bag below (first come, first serve). And because we’re so excited to start the new year, the eight prizes add up to $2011! Here’s the grab bag:

Happy 2011 everyone! The contest will run from Mon, December 13 — Fri, January 7 @ 5pm ET. As the prizes are chosen, we will list the winners and cross out the prizes right in this post (e.g. iPad ($400) Winner: @jennymoebius). Make sure to check back in to the blog to see if YOU are the lucky winner! We will also contact winners by DM on Twitter.

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

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Back in San Fran for Net:Work, The Future of Work

CROWDSOURCING… VIRTUAL WORKFORCE… HUMAN CLOUD... You’ve all heard the buzz around the future of work (especially if you’re lucky enough to be a uTester ;)), but what does it all mean? Next week, on December 9 in San Francisco, we will be at an exciting conference dedicated to discussing and empowering the new workforce: Net:Work 2010, GigaOM’s newest event.

At Net:Work 2010, GigaOM editors, research analysts and technology business leaders will explore just how “user demand” is propelling leading CIOs, CTOs, and top technology execs to shift their thinking and IT purchases.

And what a line-up! At Noon, LiveOps CEO Maynard Webb, Amazon VP Sharon Chiarella, and CloudCrowd CEO Alex Edelstein will join uTest CEO Doron Reuveni on the panel, “The Human Cloud: Elastic Workforce in the Enterprise,” with Trada CEO Niel Robertson as moderator. Click here for full schedule. With all the crowdsourcing companies and thought leaders collaborating in one place, I can’t wait to see what great ideas will come out of it.

BTW: All friends of uTest save 25% when you register using this link. Let us know if you plan on going!

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@uTest, We’re Thankful For…

It’s late November in Boston, which means we’re in that confusing time where the Christmas music has started (way too soon), but it’s not yet snowing.  So during this Thanksgiving season, we here at uTest are thankful for many things, including:

  • Our families… for letting us pursue this crazy dream (and the correspondingly crazy schedules)
  • Our 500+ recurring customers… for pushing us to new heights and for caring so deeply about their apps and their users
  • Our community of 31,000+ professional testers… for enabling us to delight those customers
  • Tablet devices like iPad and Galaxy… for doubling our mobile business
  • Vista… for giving everyone a cautionary tale on the importance of quality
  • Offshore testing shops… for lacking vision or purpose in an apps-driven world

Ok, those last few were only semi-serious.  But from all of us here at uTest, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  What are you thankful for in 2010?  Let us know in the comments.

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