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Faces.MY Private Beta Launch Post

11.11.11 - Today is the day. The day Faces will be launched in Private Beta. Folks who have signed up to our invite list that we had running for the last 5 months will be getting an exclusive invite to Faces today scheduled at 8:00pm - 9:00pm (GMT+8)

To those of you who missed the train, don’t worry. You can still sign up to be invited on the next round. We planned to be in Private Beta for about a month or two and during this period, we want to:

What features are available on Faces during Private Beta?

We have the basic features ready for Nov 11th launch and we’ll be rolling out new features, enhancements and upgrades progressively from today onwards. Our users will be getting an e-mail each time a new feature is integrated so they can try it out immediately

When will we be able to use Annie’s AI commands on Twitter?

If you have been following our Twitter and Facebook updates, you would know that our Lead Developer, @crynobone is integrating our Twitter account with an Artificial Intelligence system whereby in the future, you will get to tweet Annie some commands and she will respond immediately. This feature aims to help new users get to know how to use Faces quicker. Both Annie and you have to follow each other to make this work

Additionally, in the near future, Annie will be able to recommend you freelancers with required skillsets for your project

If you’re eager to test this, you can try tweeting Annie these commands below

  • @faces_my annie, how much is 0.99 USD in MYR
  • @faces_my hey annie
  • @faces_my annie please mustache me
  • @faces_my whois annie?
  • @faces_my annie help me how to create an account
  • @faces_my how are you annie?
  • @faces_my annie, whose your daddy?
  • @faces_my good morning annie

When can we start getting hired?

We’re not going to introduce the Seeker profile/account during Private Beta but a Freelancer can also seek and hire another Freelancer. Therefore, technically, the hiring process can already begin during Private Beta. If any of you managed to get hired or hire someone during Private Beta, please tweet us as we’d love to hear about it!

When we launch for Public Beta, we’ll be anticipating Seeker sign-ups from companies, agencies, job agents and entrepreneurs so there will be more job opportunities for freelancers at that point of time.

Can we share our profiles?

Yes, we want freelancers to start sharing their profiles with friends, clients and potential clients via their websites, social network profiles and blogs. We have implemented a friendly profile URL for this purpose and have integrated Facebook “Recommend” and Tweet buttons on each profile.

We received two interesting questions from a local blogger yesterday so thought I’d post them here

If you are looking for seed funding, what is the target figure, and why?

When we first started Faces, we thought of bootstrapping all the way. However, of late, we’re more open to possibilities of being invested or funded but no actual plans or target figure yet.

Are you planning to set up your base in the US?

We hope with Faces, local freelancers will get more recognition and exposure to the global market as there isn’t a platform that list local freelancers as of now. We want talents from Malaysia to get hired by people all over the world.

Wrap up!

That’s about it folks. We look forward to your Feedback/Suggestions and Bugs! Lets improve Faces together!

For any inquiries, please tweet Annie at @faces_my and she’ll assist you 

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What’s up, doc?

Hello folks! Before anything, we’d like to apologize for the delay of our Beta Launch which was scheduled to be ready on 1st October 2011. Our Development Team are working long hours, day and night on completing the core features of Faces. You can tell by the amount of pizza boxes, Coke and Redbull bottles scattered around our lab, it’s been quite a dev-marathon!

Our new target to launch would be November 1st 2011 just like the original plan.

We haven’t decided whether the Beta Launch is going to be an Open or Closed one thus to those who haven’t signed up to our invite list, please do so you won’t be missing out!

Follow us on @faces_my and like us on Facebook to get our latest scoops. Until then, back to the lab!