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Getting started with TenFarms

So, you got invited to the coolest social discovery platform on Earth? No? Well, get in the queue with a simple tweet but also feel free to read forward so you’ll know how to act when the lights are turned on for you.

If you have not heard what we are doing here I’d suggest you to read this introduction.

Profile without moments is like fish without bicycle and we’ll fix that easily by connecting your social profiles to TenFarms. Your Facebook account is automatically connected when you enter TenFarms for the first time but you can also add your Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, SoundCloud, GetGlue, Instagram and Picplz accounts from the Connected apps by clicking the application icons. In few seconds your content from these networks starts to show as your moments on your profile.

Profile page displays also who you are following and who is following you. We suggest you to also update the description next to your photo so the others will also know you.

We want to eliminate “spam” as users are the best filters of quality content (If curated in the right way)
– Nils Forsblom, TenFarms

Loneliness is something we can easily cure as we imagine it would be quite dull to be the only one in the planet. Using the Discover functionality you’ll see immediately what’s happening around you and who is creating all this buzz.

When you see something that interests you, click either the content on the map or the person under the map and you’ll see her profile and the most important, her Moments. See something interesting? Well, just click the Follow button and you’ll see all her future life moments almost in real time.

You can discover people and life moments from all over the world

Nice thing with map is that you can zoom it and browse any place you like on earth to discover more people to follow.

Now that you follow few or even more people you can easily see the moments they are generating by simply clicking the Feed.

Magic is in the Moments and we show those moments in the Moment Cards. Cards are simple and elegant way to visualise what is happening and via these cards you can love, comment and reshare them, even pin them to your favorite moments and share to Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook.

When you fall in love with something, just reshare the love, even pin it to memories

The very special moments can be saved for easier remembering. Past and present moments can grow and adapt to new contexts.
– Nils Forsblom, TenFarms

Creating new moment from your photographs is easy as a-b-c as we have created Post button for your pleasure. Just select your picture, write a description, select a location for it and post the new moment anywhere in the world.

As you can see, we are developing the system all the time as the flower button seen here is actually today +Post on TenFarms


Exploring and discovering something new is always the most exciting part so dive in and share the love! We have just scratched the surface here so there is plenty to find out.

Please remember that we are just getting started so things may and will change but we’ll keep you updated and hope that you’ll also keep us informed if you find something.

Special thanks to Taru Arnkil for these lovely pictures featuring Tiny Person. Taru, you’re a star!

Uh, I almost forgot, click this to jump towards TenFarms!

TenFarms gathers the Moments of Your Life as they Happen.

This post is also available in Finnish

I met Nils Forsblom the first time during primary school when we were in the same class in Turku, Finland. At the end of primary and secondary school we went on our own ways but twenty years later our paths crossed again via Twitter. Nowadays I am still in Turku but Nils is creating his future as an entrepreneur in California.

After founding the ecommerce company Fruugo it was time to create something new and we are now about to preview what he’s been up to.

Petals of Hibiscus flower are symbols for the different aspects of TenFarms (Applications, Location, Map markers, Unity, Community)

The reasoning behind TenFarms is quite obvious as two years ago Nils noticed that current services on the Internet didn’t offer what he needed. He has travelled a lot during his life and while on a trip he wanted to know what was happening in the places he visited, what kind of people were around and what they were doing and also wanted a way to keep up with his friends. Of course services like Foursquare and Twitter combined with user forums can help with this but gathering this information using multiple mobile applications is difficult or even impossible.

Creating another Facebook was a dead idea before it even came to mind but a new social discovery platform idea was starting to arise. TenFarms acts as a mobile application aggregator which gathers updates from favorite apps like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, Gowalla and many others based upon your current or chosen location and gives all this information in one unified feed to the user while enabling instant communication between people in the same area. Serendipity at its best.

I had a Skype session earlier this week where Nils demonstrated TenFarms to me and one thing that instantly caught my eye was the simplicity of the stylish and beautiful user interface. For me this wasn’t that big of a surprise as one school memory about Nils was his eye for design. During the session he admitted that he almost drove designers to madness with his obsession to make every little design perfect on TenFarms. What else you can expect from a man who values user experience over everything?

User interface itself changes dynamically based on what the user is doing, for example when you’re checking your own profile you’ll see your position on map and Google Street View from your location. This is combined with your moments, e.g. your updates or comments on many different social services in one feed which gives you great overview on what you’ve been up to lately.

If you want to know who else is in the same area, you can just choose a view where TenFarms shows the people on the area directly pinned to the map. By choosing the person you can see her updates from the social applications she’s using and wants to share via TenFarms. The coolest thing is that you can start a group chat with the people in any area in the world whether they are your friends or not (as said before, serendipity at its best).

Naturally you can use the map to search or browse anywhere around the world or focus on friends in specific groups. On a basic level the open concept of a friend is the same as in Twitter or Google+ meaning you can follow anyone you like and start a conversation with them.

TenFarms runs on the latest technology with techniques used both on the front end and the back end. Systems are built on Ruby on Rails, node.js and the user interface is built on HTML5 and backbone.js which also enables seamless scaling between different mobile devices, tablets and larger displays. Native applications for Android and iPhone are coming and actually might be that the iPhone application is under development as we speak.

For the application developers TenFarms will be a treat as it will offer it’s own API which enables mostly any mobile application to be added to TenFarms’ feed if he wishes to (a developer has to follow the visual guidelines of TenFarms). This API could give a new renaissance for even the smaller applications used in specific areas as they now have the ability to broadcast for a wider audience than would be normally possible.

Nils also has another startup called Photopoll, which is developing an iPhone application that can be used for picture based crowdsourcing. Photopoll will also be a showcase for developers on how to integrate a little more complex third party mobile applications into TenFarms. TenFarms is also using the same API to continuously integrate more mobile applications so the user would have all of their applications they are normally using available on also on TenFarms.

Our long term vision is to build the most beautiful ecosystem in the world, not necessarily to be the biggest.
– Nils Forsblom, TenFarms

TenFarms will be available for first wave users in the next few weeks but before that is possible the user needs to request an invite by tweeting to TenFarms.