A knitle is all about a great idea for an awesome activity

That says it all. In fact, that is all we do here at Knitle: helping to transform great ideas into awesome activities.

 

Without further ado, here are some of the basic things you need to know that would make your stay here at Knitle pleasurable:

 

Really, what's a knitle?

In addition to the above, a knitle is basically a tool that links to and represents an activity on the web, and sometimes off the web.

Example activites would include liking a Facebook page or profile, tweeting about something on Twitter, making a +1 on an item on Google+, or even purchasing a book on Amazon. The list is endless.

Knitles are expressed via the use of gotags and short codes embedded in QR Codes.

What's a gotag?

A gotag (also written as >tag) is a human-friendly code that represents a knitle anywhere. It is so named because it is a tag that generally enables people make a go (or a visit) on a particular page on the web to perform a particular activity.

Think of it like this: you are who you are, and your name represents you. Wherever, your name pops up in world, people think of the person behind the name which is you, and ultimately, they can use that name to get a trace on you. A gotag is that name for a knitle. That simple.

In detail, a gotag is another link to your activity on the web. It follows the pattern of a hashtag (though with seemingly stricter rules) which links to particular topics or sensations on Twitter, and oh, on almost all current social networks on web.

What hashtags have done for topics on the web, we believe gotags can do the same for activities, and links in general, on the web.

For example, here's the gotag we use for getting likes on our Facebook page: >like-knitle-facebook-page. This gotag is read "go like knitle's facebook page". In other words, the greater than sign (>) is read "go", and is always followed by the action expected to be performed by the "actor", or simply, visitor.

Anyway, whenever or wherever it is not possible for us to display our qr code design to provide the easier linking, we simply employ the use of this gotag. So, anyone seeing it anywhere can just "pick it up" and append it to our domain path (that is, appending the gotag to "knitle.com/" to make "knitle.com/>like-knitle-facebook-page") in any web browser, and they are automatically taken to Knitle's page on Facebook. This gotag is live btw, so common, try it and see for yourself.

This visit to our page (or any other activity) is called "a go", and the entire act is known as "making a go on a knitle". When you're done visiting, whether or not you eventually participated in the activity you met there, it is said that you "went knitling", or have "gone knitling" depending on the tense, or simply have "gone liking" with respect to the activity that was performed.

Isn't the "go" added to the activity statements unnecessary?

Knitle "helps" people in performing activities on the web, and does NOT directly perform those activities for them, at least not at the moment. Hence the reason why we add the word "go".

So you have statements like "Go Like on Facebook", or "Go Tweet on Twitter". What we are just saying is that, you have to actually go to these sites yourself to perform the intended activity. We won't perform it for you. So we need that "go" to be added to each activity statement to ensure no misunderstandings.

In addition, to us, we think of "go" as a directive. And in the future, we hope to support more directives like this. One of such directives would be "do", whose job would be to actually perform these actions on behalf of the "actor" or visitor.

So when that time comes, we would love to have no ambiguity between our two separate but similar path of actions. For example, "Go Like on Facebook", and "Do Like on Facebook" could essentially get the same results (which is a like on a person's profile or page), but work differently. One would be user-initiated, the other would be automated.

So, again, we prefer if the "go" stays.

Why and how do I use this QR Code thing?

Believe us when we say the QR Code, known fully as the Quick Response Code, is perhaps one of the greatest inventions ever made on the Earth. It is an invention so simple, yet so powerful, and whose application is really just being rediscovered in this day and age of mobile phones everywhere. Forget the naysayers, they probably do not know how this thing is applied.

QR Codes have the ability to link the physical with the virtual (internet). We think that's brilliant. We therefore devised a way to "reap" more benefits from physical objects in the online world. These benefits include social media recognition, history, analytics, payments, and more. So, if you came across a physical object that you know nothing about but has got a QR Code, all you need do is to "scan" the code to get its detailed information from the online community. It's that simple + easy.

For those reasons and more, we choose the qr code to be the anchor for our mobile linking and other mobile use cases. Here's an example of a beautifully designed qr code by Knitle:

Now on to how to use the qr code.

A qr code in itself is pretty useless if you do not scan to get the information stored in it. So basically, here are what you need to scan a knitle qr code (or other qr codes):

  1. A good smartphone, or other device, with great camera and/or qr code scanning abilities,
  2. A great qr code scanner app. See our recommended one here.
  3. A good browser to run the link scanned. If scanning with a smartphone, your app should automatically run the scanned information in your device browser. If it doesn't, you can write the link down on a piece of paper (don't worry, the link is really short; another great advantage of using Knitle), and manually run it in a browser of your choice at your convenience.

So come on, follow the steps above to get the right tools, and try them on our qr code displayed above.

All you need do is move to a well lit area, launch the qr code scanner app you downloaded, follow the instructions provided by the app creator, then hold up your phone against the qr code (in this case, against your computer screen), and watch what happens. Pretty cool right?

 

Need more explanation? Here's a good article.

Why is my activity not available?

There are no easy answers to this.

We work incredibly hard by the day to ensure that we cover most common activities on the web on our platform. However, as humans, we are bound to miss out on some.

So if you feel there's a great activity out there that we may have missed, please Contact Us about it.

There's also another solution to this. Premium users have the ability to create their own activities whenever they want. So go premium today, and you too can enjoy this awesome feature.

Finally, for developers out there, we are working on a developers platform that would allow you to create actions/activities for various websites you support. That would increase the pace of the number of activities we support. So keep watch for this, it's going to be phenomenal.

Who is a premium user?

Simply put, a premium user is a paying user.

Unlike most websites where this term is used, we currently do not have a "premium" account. However, we have features that need to be paid for for them to work in each user's account. Whenever you pay for such features, we consider you a premium user as regards those features.

 

Please note that while these premium features are currently available, no one can use them just yet. This is because our payment system is still in the process of being set up. We promise that you that when we finally make this available, you would be the first to know.

Thank you so much for your patience.

 

Finally, who are we?

Oh, the answer to that is very simple.

We are young and incredibly talented people at the Heart of Africa just trying to do something worth writing about.

"Heart of Africa" you say, where's that? Uhmm, go figure. Who knows, you might find a few interesting things.

Contact Us

If you have more enquiries, please do not hesitate to send us a mail at support (at) knitle (dot) com.
We are truly sorry if that email looked strange but we did that in an attempt to protect our box from spammers.

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And oh, lest we forget, we are currently actively "hiring" investors :). Help us make this reality a better one.
So, if you are interested, please contact us via same channels given above.

 

Lots of love, Knitle, Inc.

 

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