Can I get a WooHoo!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I love SparkPeople! WooHoo!! There are two campaigns that I would like to recommend to enhance this already excellent grassroots movement:
1) Enable members to make donations
2) Enable audio created by members
I think many members would thrive on being able to give back to the community by either buying a gift from the store directly for another member or donating to a pool where "winners" were selected by SP Staff. Members receiving the gift would have their confidential information (name, mailing address, shirt size, etc) protected because the gift would be given to the screen name. The SP Store would then coordinate directly with the member.
Adding more audio can help people who have problems reading either because of their eyesight or because of their literacy level. It would be too much to ask SP staff to make audio for all the wonderful articles, but they could set up a protocol for members to compile and submit audio. Staff time would still be necessary for the QA/QC, design and maintenance, but I think it would be worth it. 32 million Americans cannot read which translates into approximately 20 percent of our population cannot access all of the important information on SP. Similar to the feel-good benefits from donating gifts, members can benefit by donating their talents to helping to develop the audio.
Perhaps SP would consider a quick survey to see if these and other recommendations are of interest to the SP community at large?