There has been a discussion (in this topic) about the future of TamaTalk. One of the things I keep seeing in the Suggestions forum are great ideas and cool things that would be neat to have on TamaTalk. The problem for me with most of these is that the software TamaTalk runs on is really old... The last time the software was updated by Invision as 2003 which makes the software older than even TamaTalk itself. Think about the way websites used to be that many years ago and you get an idea of how much things have changed. I have been exploring options and one has been to upgrade the software for TamaTalk. This upgrade would leave all of the forums, posts and members exactly as they are but give us lots of nice new features and tools to keep the site humming along past our 10th birthday and beyond (read more about other TamaTalkers testing the new version of the software in this topic).
What are the improvements in the new software? There are TONS! Some of these are:
-mobile version of the site (and an iPhone/iPod Touch app version of the site)
-profile page messaging that lets people leave messages on your profile page (and you can post back to them and have conversations and stuff on your profile)
-profile pages also have status and activity updates that let you easily see what your friends are doing on the site
-a better photo gallery
-easy posting of stuff like YouTube videos and pictures to forums and messages
-ability to ignore a user and have none of their posts or anything ever show up for you
-ability to change your username
-better tools to control/prevent/get rid of spammers
See the demo now
It will take some work but I am up for it... All sounds good, right? Well there is one problem. The new software costs a good amount of money to purchase. I figure it would cost $224 for the new forum, photo gallery and a new chat system. I find it hard to move forward making that purchase because money is already tight for me (as I'm sure it is for many others here).
So the idea is to to have a TamaTalk upgrade fundraiser. I am asking for some help in raising the money to update TamaTalk. Here is a good chance to invest in the community's future. This isn't like the Angelgotchi program where you can pay one of two different prices. For this I am asking for donations of any amount that you can spare. Have $1 in your Paypal account? That helps. Have $5 to spare? That helps too! Anything you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Don't live in the United States and want to help? You can! Paypal accepts lots of different money types and it automagically converts it to US dollars! Nobody is being forced to donate here. If you can't spare some money then I still love ya all the same.
If you are in the USA and want to send cash (or money order) then please send it to the TT PO Box:
P.O. Box 40338
Austin, TX 78704
I have set up a new widget on the sidebar from ChipIn.com. This widget will keep track of the amount we've raised so far.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions about this.
Hopefully with your help we can see a new and better TamaTalk in the near future!
UPDATE #1: Want to donate with a credit card but don't/can't use Paypal? PM me for another option.
UPDATE #2: Also, for the fundraiser you can donate towards an upgrade and receive Angelgotchi credit at the same time. You can help us upgrade + get the badge and extra PM space for yourself at the same time! Make your $5 or $10 donation either through the ChipIn widget or at the Angelgotchi page and then PM me to get credit.
Edited by Admin, 18 September 2010 - 10:57 AM.