Tuesday, July 20, 2010

User Accounts and Better Bookmarks

In a previous post, I talked about some new features that would hopefully make life easier for users of the OneBusAway phone and SMS interfaces. Those new features actually launched last month, so I wanted to highlight them again in case you missed it.

So what's new?
  • User accounts: you can now login to OneBusAway
  • Bookmarks: manage your phone and SMS bookmarks from the web
Let's break it down. You've probably noticed the "Settings" link up on the nav bar, where you can currently set your privacy and search settings. We've added Registration and Login buttons where you can login to your account and transfer your settings between computers.

Once you've logged in, you'll notice some additional links on your settings page, including the ability to register a phone number with your account and manage your bookmarks. The best part is that once you've registered your phone number, managing your bookmarks online will also update your bookmarks on your phone and SMS.

The bookmarks feature is neat because it let's you setup bookmarks with:
  • multiple stops
  • custom bookmark names
  • route filters
This can be especially useful for the phone and SMS interfaces, where space and bandwidth are tight and you really want to limit the information you see from OneBusAway.

Does all this sound cool? Give a shot and let me know how it works. Thanks!

1 comment:

Andreas said...

I'd been pondering telling my mom about OneBusAway, but I held off because I thought it would just confuse her—she can barely figure out voicemail, and she always forgets how to change the speaker volume. But with web interface, custom names and route filters, I could set up bookmarks with names like "Work" or "Safeway" that should (I hope) make it really easy for her.

And even for those of us who aren't technologically challenged, these features are fantastic. Great work!