We write news, reviews and other content for you every day, but it’s not often (enough) that we engage in discussion directly with you, our audience.
It’s something we want to do a lot more of.
Some of you who’ve had an eye on our social media channels will have come across the Ausdroid Beta project that we’re working on. In a nutshell, it’s a replacement for the present Ausdroid theme which we unveiled late last year, which was itself a stopgap solution to get us to a cleaner, more responsive (and more mobile friendly!) layout. From today, we’re going to open that beta up to everyone.
Check it out at ausdroid.net/beta/
Signups will be open for the afternoon, and after that we’ll lock it down again while we continue to work on it. We’d like a few people to have access to the “work in progress” though, so you can see what we’re working on. You’ll notice some features are disabled on the beta site, such as comments (basically the site is read-only while it’s being developed) but otherwise all our news will be there.
Ausdroid’s Social Media
We’ve also grown our social media channels. While we interact more with people on Twitter and Google+ than we do on Facebook, we’d encourage you to follow us on whichever social networks you prefer. It helps make sure you get our latest news, and get all the member exclusives when they happen.
- Follow us on Twitter at @ausdroid
- Check us out on Facebook at /ausdroid
- We’re on Google+ as +Ausdroid
- We even Instagram as Ausdroid as well
- We have a Pinterest. If anyone knows how to use Pinterest and wants to run it… volunteers? No, we aren’t linking to it. There’s nothing there!
Why you should join our newsletter
One of our newest experiments, which we’re enjoying quite a lot, is our mailing list. We’ve not really attempted this in the past, and we’re already nearing 2,000 subscribers. You might wonder why exactly you might sign up for yet another newsletter. It’s simple really. In the last few months, our newsletter subscribers have had exclusive access to:
- A $50 Play gift card for New Year
- A $20 Play gift card towards the end of January
- Early access to a Motorola Moto G giveaway before the public got access
- More recently, $100 in Play gift cards
You see, Ausdroid frequently has things to give away, and we like to thank people who support the site with preferential access to giveaway prizes. If you’re not yet a newsletter subscriber, perhaps you should be. Sign up here, and reap the rewards.
Just to show we’re serious, for every one hundred subscribers that join, we’ll pick one randomly to win a $20 Play gift card just to say thank you.
We’ll open these conversations up regularly, but we also want to include you guys in this. What sort of things would you like to see covered on Ausdroid coming up? Here’s your opportunity to get some direct input to us, so we can look at different areas in the coming weeks.
As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We love to talk with you guys about Android, the site, and the weather. Got ideas for new features we should offer? Let us know.
Chris, Daniel, Jason and the team