Who Are You? We Really Want To Know

We sometimes get asked about the origin of our name.

An “ego wall” is one where someone places all of his/her certificates, awards, etc. – the things that he or she is most proud of. You've probably seen one when you visit your physician.

FeedBurner Ego Wall (licensed via Creative Commons)

FeedBurner Ego Wall (licensed via Creative Commons)

Our flagship and namesake product - Egowall - is an online implementation of this conceit.

The Concept

Egowall is a browser-based video game and social platform for showcasing your memories and achievements.

We believe that

  • your online persona should be more than a random collection of updates, photos and comments

  • you should have an online home that your social connections can visit at any time to learn about the things that make you unique

  • that virtual home should be a safe and secure place where you can easily control who gets to see the things that you share

Licensed via Creative Commons

Licensed via Creative Commons

Egowall addresses all of these beliefs.

But What Can You Do There?

Once you've signed up to play Egowall, our unique living spaces (sixteen different ones at this writing) let you establish a place that your friends, family and colleagues can visit to:

  • catch up on your activities

  • review your personal and professional accomplishments

  • learn about the things that interest you, and

  • communicate with you

Some of the things you can do with Egowall:

  • Explore and Interact - Walk around your own personal world and visit other people's spaces too. You're sure to see exciting new locations, furniture, decorations, and exotic houses.

  • Create and Decorate - Add furniture from your own inventory to any space or get more at our shop. Decorate the walls with your own photos. Change the appearance, color, texture of almost any surface.

  • Invite Friends and Earn Points - Share your spaces on social media and earn points to spend at our shop. Your friends can visit your spaces, leave notes and comments, and see who you are.

Licensed via Creative Commons

Licensed via Creative Commons

Unlike in some other social applications, visitors don't need to worry about missing something that you have posted, because it is always present in the space for them to see.

Of course, you can share your spaces with your social connections.

Most importantly, each room's privacy can be configured to ensure that the only people who get to see what you have shared are the ones that you want to see those items. You have total control.

And that's just the beginning; there's so much more that you can do in Egowall.

Egowall is Different

In addressing some of the shortcomings of other social networks, Egowall is a platform on which its users can showcase and share their interests and achievements in ways that are not possible elsewhere.

Sign up for a free account today.

Create Personal Spaces. Share Your Passions. Build Strong Relationships. With Egowall.

There's No Music In The Egowall Dashboard Confessional, But ...

This post, which concludes our series of blog posts about recent changes in the Egowall user interface, talks about the Egowall Dashboard.

This Is Not The Egowall Dashboard

This Is Not The Egowall Dashboard

The Dashboard, the management area for a number of critical game functions, is made up of four sections, which are discussed in detail below:

  • Connection Requests - manage requests from other users

  • Notes & Private Messages - see where notes and messages have been left

  • Shares, Visits, and Media - see who has visited your spaces and what photos they have examined

  • People You May Know - find other users to connect with

 

Connection Requests

Accept/Reject a Connection Request

Accepting a Request

Choose Circle(s) for New Connection

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Go to the Connection Requests section.

  3. Connection requests from other Egowall members will be displayed here (see the image above right).

  4. Click the Accept button to accept the request.

  5. Assign the pending connection to one or more circles by checking the box(es) to the left of the circle names (see image at right).

  6. Click the Confirm Connection button to indicate final acceptance of the connection.

 

Rejecting a Request

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Go to the Connection Requests section.

  3. If another Egowall member has sent you a connection request, it will be displayed here (see the image above right).

  4. Click the Reject button to decline the connection request.

 

Notes & Private Messages

Notes & Private Messages

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down as required to the Notes & Private Messages section (see image at right).

  3. You will see a list of up to three notifications in the format of

    • "[Egowall Member] left you a note in "[Living Space]" or

    • "[Living Space/Room]" (see image at right)

  4. Check beneath the list to see if there is a link in the format "See All (X)," where X is the total number of notifications.

  5. Click the "See All" link to expand the list.

  6. Click an Egowall Member name to display their profile; once there you can

    • delete your connection with that member

    • enter any of their living spaces

    • visit the profile page for any of their connections

  7. Click the [Living Space] or [Living Space/Room] to visit the Living Space and Room where the other Egowall Member left you a note.

  8. Click the "X" visible when you hover over a given entry to delete that entry from the list. This action cannot be undone.

  9. Click the garbage can icon at the top right of the Notes & Private Messages to delete all of the notifications in the list. You will be prompted to verify the delete action. If you approve, the action cannot be undone.

 

Shares, Visits, and Media

Shares, Visits & Media

Shares, Visits & Media

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down as required to the Share, Visits & Media section.

  3. You will see a list of up to three notifications in the format of

    • "[Egowall Member] visited "[Living Space]" or "[Living Space/Room]" or

    • "[Egowall Member] viewed Media File Name

  4. Check beneath the list to see if there is a link in the format "See All (X)," where X is the total number of notifications. Click the "See All" link to expand the list (see image above).

  5. Click the Egowall Member name to display their profile; once there you can

    • delete your connection with that member

    • enter any of their living spaces

    • visit the profile page for any of their Connections

  6. Click the [Living Space] or [Living Space/Room] to visit the Living Space and Room where the Egowall Member visited.

  7. Click the "X" visible when you hover over a given entry to delete that entry from the list. This action cannot be undone.

  8. Click the garbage can icon at the top right of the Shares, Visits & Media to delete all of the notifications in the list. You will be prompted to verify the delete action. If you approve, the action cannot be undone.

 

People You May Know

The People You May Know feature was previously discussed in the blog post People Who Find People Are The Happiest People ..., but we will repeat the relevant content here.

This feature facilitates the expansion of your network to other Egowall users with similar interests. 

It is especially helpful when you are new to the service and have not yet identified a specific person that you want to connect with.

People You May Know

Follow these steps to find People You May Know:

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down (as required) to the People You May Know section (see image above at right).

  3. Identify someone in the displayed Egowall member list that you want to connect with.

  4. Click the Visit Profile button in their mini-profile.

  5. After their profile displays, click the Add Connection button.

  6. Click the box(es) adjacent to the circles into which the connection will be organized (see image at right above).

  7. Click the Send Request button; a connection request will be mailed to them and a notification will show up in their Egowall Dashboard the next time they log in.

NOTE: The connection is not complete until the recipient accepts the connection request.


Over the last few weeks, we've shared a lot of how-to instructions about the new features and user interface changes in Egowall. But there's still a lot for you to discover on your own and we invite you to do so.

If you're not already a member, please sign up for a free account today. If you are a member and have been away for a while, we hope you will come back and check out what's new.

And if you have any questions or comments about our service, please let us know in the comments below or via email.

Have fun using Egowall to be The Real You™.

 

People Who Find People Are The Happiest People ...

Our ongoing series of blog posts about recent changes in the Egowall user interface continues with a discussion of People and Connection Management.

Making New Connections

While it's fun to use Egowall to showcase those things which make you unique, you can get even more benefit from these displays by connecting with friends, family and colleagues.

Then you can easily share your expressions of The Real You™ so that others you care about can learn more about your interests and accomplishments.

You can make connections with other Egowall members in two ways:

  • taking advantage of Egowall's automated recommendations
  • searching for the profiles of people whom you know are Egowall members

People You May Know

The People You May Know feature makes it easy for you to expand your network to other Egowall users with similar interests. 

It is especially helpful when you are new to the service and have not yet identified a specific person that you want to connect with.

Follow these steps to find People You May Know:

People You May Know

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.
  2. Scroll down as required to the People You May Know section (see image at right).
  3. Identify someone in the displayed list of Egowall members that you want to connect with.
  4. Click the Visit Profile button in their mini-profile.
  5. After their profile displays, click the Add Connection button.
  6. Click the box(es) adjacent to the circles into which the connection will be organized
  7. Click the Send Request button; a connection request will be mailed to them and a notification will show up in their Egowall Dashboard the next time they log in.

NOTE: The connection is not complete until the recipient accepts the connection request.

People Search

You are not limited to the automatic recommendations presented in the People You May Know feature.

If you know the name of a friend or colleague who is also an Egowall member, you can connect directly with them by following this procedure:

People Search

  1. Click on the Search button.
  2. Type in the name of the person with whom you want to connect.
  3. Click on the name of that person in the list of search matches (their name may appear more than once if they signed up using multiple email accounts).
  4. Click the Visit Profile button in their mini-profile.
  5. After their profile displays, click the Add Connection button (see the image above).
  6. Click the box(es) adjacent to the circles into which the connection will be organized.
  7. Click the Send Request button; a connection request will be emailed to them and a notification will show up in their Egowall Dashboard the next time they log in.

NOTE: The connection is not complete until the recipient accepts the connection request.

 

Managing Connections

At the time you request a connection with another Egowall member, you must add that person into circles, as discussed above.

But once established, connections can be moved between circles, added to other circles, or removed from circles altogether.

Creating Circles

Egowall has three defined circles: My Friends, My Family, and My Colleagues. The names of these circles cannot be modified.

Create Circles

The procedure below explains how to create additional, more personalized circles.

  1. Click on the People button.
  2. Click on the Plus (+) sign.
  3. Specify the new Circle name.
  4. Select the Circle type from the drop-down list: Friends, Family, or Colleagues.
  5. Click the Create Circle button; the new circle will appear adjacent to the other circles.

NOTE: Once the type of Circle has been selected, it cannot be changed.

Adding Connections to Circles

Add Connection to a Circle

  1. Click on the People button.
  2. Click on the Circle to which you want to add a connection.
  3. Pass the mouse cursor over the connection (which will appear in light text, indicating it is not part of the selected Circle).
  4. Click the Add button which appears on mouseover.
  5. The connection now appears in darker text to indicate that it has been added to the Circle.

NOTE: Connections can belong to more than one circle.

Removing Connections from Circles

Remove Connection From a Circle

  1. Click on the People button.
  2. Click on the Circle from which you want to remove a connection.
  3. Pass the mouse cursor over the connection (which will appear in darker text, indicating it is part of the selected Circle).
  4. Click the Remove icon which appears on mouseover.
  5. The connection now appears in light text to indicate that it is no longer part of the selected Circle.

NOTE: Removal of a connection is immediate and cannot be undone. The connection can be added back into the circle if desired.

Deleting Circles

NOTE: The system-created circles - My Friends, My Family, and My Colleagues - cannot be deleted.

Delete Circle

Delete Circle

  1. Click on the People button.
  2. Click on the Circle you want to delete.
  3. Click on the trash can icon adjacent to the Circle name (see image at right); the Circle is immediately deleted.

 

NOTE: Once a Circle has been deleted, it cannot be recovered.


Now you know how to find and make connections with friends and strangers alike and how to organize them efficiently.

We hope this information will help you to create a robust and far-reaching network and get more enjoyment from the service.

If you're not already a member, please sign up for a free account today and start using Egowall to be The Real You™.

In our next post, we will discuss the topic of how to buy digital goods in Egowall.

 

You Deserve A Better Game Experience - And Now It's Here

Our primary goal in revising the Egowall interface was to create an improved game experience for our customers.

To accomplish this, it was immediately clear that we needed to eliminate the hybrid web/game user interface that had been part of Egowall's architecture since its beginnings.

Even though we had integrated some of the formerly web-exclusive functionality into the game over time, there were still important capabilities that were still only accessible from the website.

So we are proud to announce that in our latest release of Egowall the hybrid web/game UI is no more. You no longer have to leave the game for any reason.

The new user interface resulting from these changes is illustrated in the screen capture below.

In the paragraphs below, we identify and describe the functions available in each major section of the updated user interface.

Area a: General Management Functions

  • Account Settings - Edit your user profile; change your password and account privacy; manage credit cards (used to purchase additional Ego Points)

  • Dashboard - Manage connection requests; write notes and private messages; see who has visited your living spaces

  • Spaces - Manage all of your living spaces, including name and room edits; set room privacy; set spaces as default for quick entry upon login

  • People - Manage your connections; create circles; move connections between circles; visit connection profiles and spaces

Area b: Object Management Functions

  • Media - Import photos into media bins; manage photo detail information; place photos into spaces

  • Shop - Purchase furniture objects, including multimedia storage containers; purchase living spaces; purchase additional Ego Points

  • Inventory - Place owned furniture into a space; purchase additional instances of owned furniture

Area c: Social Management Functions

  • Search - Search for people or spaces by name

  • Share - Share the current space with other Egowall users among your circles

  • Compose - Write and place public notes and private messages to Egowall users

Area d: Object Manipulation Functions

  • Select - Select a placed object so that you can buy another instance, add another instance to the space, or return it to inventory

  • Paint - Change the color or material of selected areas in the current room

  • Frame - Change the frame associated with a placed photo

  • Move - Change the location of placed furniture and photo objects in the current room

  • Rotate - Change the position of placed furniture and photo objects in the current room

  • Scale - Resize furniture objects (XYZ axes) and photo objects (XY axes); not available for all furniture objects

  • Clone - Bring another instance of a furniture object into the current living space; if you do not already own it, you will be given the opportunity to purchase it

  • Rebox - Return furniture or photo objects back into inventory


In a series of upcoming blog posts, we will provide additional information - including instructions and screenshots - to further illustrate how these new functions work.

In the meantime, why not sign up for a free account and take Egowall for a test drive?

And let us know in the comments what you like - and don't like - about Egowall's new user interface.