I’ve seen how helpful answers to “Ask HN” requests have been in the past, and now that I’ve released the first version of the social running app I’ve been working on, I figured I would make my first post to HN to ask for some feedback from you all.
Yog (www.getyog.com) as it’s called, allows users from around the world to run together virtually, in real-time.
In short, my intention is to channel peer pressure to increase the frequency and level at which people exercise. I am focused on synchronous running to start and then once I’ve mastered the social mechanics behind running, I’ll expand Yog to other sports.
While there are a slew of run-tracking tools on the market that do a great job of digitally transcribing physical exertion, my ambition for Yog is to create new exercise experiences (think virtual races, in-run challenges, communication, etc.).
I released the first version of Yog in mid-November and I’ve been excited by its traction to-date. In just over 8 weeks, users in 73 countries have scheduled 3,100 runs.
With an MVP complete, I am now thinking about building out the social infrastructure (i.e. in-app communication, user profiles, points/badging, etc.) to really deliver on the frequency and performance focus I mentioned above.
Whether or not you run, I’d love to hear what you all think. Our website (http://getyog.com/) has some more information and the app is free if you want to play around with it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yog/id533514312?ls=1&mt=8.