Some of you may have heard about Collexion, a new collectors website that appears to have a fairly well-financed venture into being the “Facebook” for collectors. The CEO of the company is a typewriter collector and they’re making a pretty big push to interest the typewriter collecting community in becoming early adopters of their platform website. They’ve got Martin Howard and the ITTCC2014 organizers involved as users already, and their recruiting campaign reached me today in the form of an email from the type-in.org Type-In announcement form.
Here’s the email:
I am a co-founder of a California web startup called Collexion, Inc.
We are creating a free web search engine designed specifically for collectors. Our latest experiment is to engage a distinct vertical in the collecting community, Typewriter collectors.
We are working with people like Martin Howard (http://beta3.collexion.com/
Our website is here:
The latest version of our product is here:
Benefits of the site
– A personal web page to showcase their collection
– A collectable search engine that searches across major collectable marketplaces
– Social features: Like, comment, follow users content or their collections
– Private messaging
We Are Offering to Build Collector Pages
As an early stage startup, we are interested in getting feedback from users ASAP.
We are offering to build collexion.com profile pages for any typewriter collector that can provide images of their collections in order to get user feedback on the site.
Can we set one up for you?
Well, that all sounds pretty good. Good enough for me to try signing up. Twice.
I tried the Facebook-integrated signup first. They grabbed my Facebook info and I agreed to let them look at my friends list and grab my Facebook information, and then I get to a result screen that tells me to look in my email for a validation email. It never shows up. I check my spam folder and wait an hour, and nothing. I go back and check for some way to have the confirmation email re-sent, and that option doesn’t exist.
Well, OK. Let’s try the signup on the Typewriter category page. All it asks for is my email, name, city and country – unusually, different information than the first signup form wants. I do it anyway, and end up at the “check your email for confirmation” page again, and again, no confirmation email shows up. I look again at the page and notice that the address for this page is not “collexion.com” but some email newsletter signup service. Sure enough, a few minutes later an email shows up asking me to confirm my registration to an unrelated email newsletter. It’s not a confirmation for site signup. *sigh*
Well, I’ve burned two emails so far and with no way to have the validation emails re-sent, I guess I’m screwed on actually getting to take a look at the member services and evaluating what this site might mean to the collecting community. The site actually kind of creeps me out, because of how it harvests your Facebook info and tries to be kind of deceptive about signing you up for some third-party email list. That’s my first impression anyway, and I will report back if the site gets fixed enough that I can actually validate my account.
So yeah, lots of promise, and it’s exciting to see actual VC-funded companies targeting the typewriter collecting community with social-media sites tailored to our interests. If they aren’t super-creepy about the information they collect and can actually provide a good, useful platform for collectors to communicate, it could be a really good thing – the community has suffered some blows lately with the vanishing of tw-db.com and the utter devastation of Yahoo Groups, and we could use some love. (:
Here’s a couple of videos about Collexion, where they explain what it is and how to use it: