Beepl is a crowdsourcing solution for people with questions. Users can pose a question to the Beepl community. Experts and those with experience can respond to provide helpful tips, insight and information. The application also makes questions visible to people with matching skills and expertise so the user is more likely to receive an answer that is actually helpful and informative. A feed of popular questions is displayed on the homepage to help users get started. Questions cover almost any topic, from “what are rogue waves?” to “What is Shoemaker Levy 9?” and many other unique inquiries. The user posts the question just as they might ask someone in person. User profiles display the user’s activity, stats, contact details and their Beepl rank.
Beepl was founded in April of 2011 by Pete Harris, Jan Paricka and Steve O’Hear. The application was intended to bring people with questions together with those who have answers for them. The site launched publically January 16th, 2012, after its three month private alpha. The application has received some media attention, with reviews and mentions across the web on sites like Mashable.com. Many users have posed questions and received answers through the Beepl community.
The main difference between Beepl and other question and answer websites is the way it gets questions to the right users. The application presents questions to those who have skills and knowledge in areas related to the inquiry. This makes the user more likely to provide a detailed, accurate response, which in turn means users asking questions receive better quality responses overall. The application is easy to use and also lets users establish a score and profile within the community.
The Beepl website doesn’t utilize any fancy graphics or cutting edge design elements. It’s relatively simple, favoring white and blue with a few clean buttons and a simple but effective logo. The design may lean towards minimalist, but it really works. It’s clear that Beepl doesn’t focus on any specific topic. Users are given a general interface that looks modern and makes it easy to navigate from one area to the next.
A new user can join the Beepl community by clicking one of the blue buttons in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The top button is for Twitter user and the bottom button is for Facebook users. The user must have one of these accounts (or be willing to create one) to join Beepl’s online community. There is no separate sign up option offered at this time. Visitors can explore questions and view profiles, but will not receive full access to all features until they login with Twitter or Facebook.
Beepl is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees, which is a really good thing. The application can be very helpful, but doesn’t offer anything that would convince most users to pay. There are numerous question and answer websites already out there which may guide users to the answers they need at no cost. Charging a fee would only discourage most users from signing up and trying Beepl. The application is priced right where it should be for the number of features the user receives access to.
Beepl is an interesting resource for anyone with a pressing question. The application doesn’t restrict topics so users can ask about almost anything (provided it is clean and appropriate). The website already maintains an active community of question askers and responders. Users can pose a question and receive a response from individuals with experience or knowledge in whatever subject their question is based on.