The best of 2013

What do you think was the best movie, song or Roamler task of 2013? And what was the most important national and international news moment in 2013 according to you? We asked Roamlers to answer these questions in the ‘Best of 2013‘ task. The task is available for a few more days, so share your opinion.

Hungergames get lucky royal baby mandela

Best movie
According to the responses the most popular movie of 2013 is the Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Sequels of movies were very popular this year with 4 sequels in the top 5. Also mentioned by Roamlers were the sequels Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs-2, Fast and Furious-6 and Iron man-3.

  1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Gravity
  5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Best song
The category best song is where we find most diversity. You mentioned a lot of different songs and no particular song really stood out as being most popular. By virtue of counting, the top of the best songs are:

  1. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  2. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  3. Wrecking Ball – Milly Cyrus
  4. Burn – Ellie Goulding
  5. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  6. The Monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna

Best Roamler task
The results in the best task category clearly shows you ‘love’ paid tasks. 🙂 The ‘Perfect Serve’ was highly popular. We hope to increase the number of these tasks this year, so tune in to the app regularly to see if any new (paid) tasks are available. From the responses the top tasks of 2013 are:

  1. Perfect Serve
  2. Take away menu check
  3. Banana check
  4. Flower check

Most important national news
The birth of the Royal Baby was the most important national news item according to the majority of Roamlers. Besides to this Royal news there were also other important things happening ranging from grave to great news.

  1. Birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge
  2. Andy Murray winning Wimbledon
  3. Death of Thatcher
  4. Horse meat scandal
  5. Murder of Lee Rigby

Most important international news
Most of the top 5  of international news items has to do with sad news. There are some pleasing new items to mention for 2013, but the recent death of Nelson Mandela shocked a lot of people. It was mentioned most by Roamlers as being the most important international news of 2013.

  1. Death Nelson Mandela
  2. Typhoon Haiyan
  3. New pope
  4. Edward Snowden’s revalations
  5. New Apple Phone

We also asked for your best photo on your phone. We received a lot of family photos, party  and holiday pictures. Check them out below or on my.roamler.com.

We wish you all the best for 2014!

What's new in 2013

Bug Fixes and Updates

A Roamler app without tasks is definitely one of the most annoying things that can happen to a Roamler. It might be that another Roamler has beaten you to the task, you could have a bad internet connection and at times it is due to a bug in the app.

Recently we have received messages from several Roamlers having troubles with performing the tasks or not seeing any tasks in the app. At RoamlerHQ we are working to fix those bugs. We work together with Roamlers who have reported a bug, to try to find the cause of the problem and fix it. With the help of Roamlers we have identified two different bugs in the app; Android Roamlers received a message in the app that a location could not be found when taking pictures and some iPhone Roamlers couldn’t see any tasks. We have been working on both issues.

Android app release
Today a new version of the Android app (1.2.2) will be available in the Play Store. We have solved most of the pressing issues in the app, the most important being that with the update the app doesn’t crash when turning your phone and finding the location when taking a photo has been improved. We also added, similar to the iPhone app, the function that tells you know how much time you have left to complete a task, after accepting it.

This new Android version has been thoroughly tested by bèta Roamlers who performed tasks and searched through the app for problems and bugs. We received a lot of feedback from them, allowing us to greatly improve the app. Thank you testers for helping us!

iPhone app release
Some Roamlers didn’t see any tasks with the newest version of the app. It took us quite some effort to figure out what exactly caused this problem; was it iOS 7, the new app, the system or a combination? We still haven’t figured out exactly what it is, but we are working hard to find and fix this bug as soon as possible. We expect a new iOS release soon, in which this problem will hopefully be solved. Until then, if you can’t see any tasks a possible solution could be to turn ‘notifications’ on in your settings.

Furthermore, on the 3rd of October we released version 1.7.0 of the iOS app. Soon after releasing the update it came to our attention that the release was causing the app to crash on some devices.

We have now released a new update (1.7.1) which appears to have fixed this bug. If you have updated your device to version 1.7.1 of the iOS app, we would greatly appreciate any feedback you have.

We are grateful for the Roamlers who are helping us out and trying to find bugs. If you think you have found a bug please let us know. The sooner we identify bugs, the sooner we can fix them!

 

It IS a picnic!

It has been good weather for the last couple of weeks and what better way to celebrate this weather than by going out for a picnic? This gave Roamler the perfect opportunity to put a task in the app asking you for picnic tips and great picnic spots.

Since preparation is key; we first asked you in the picnic tip what you would bring for a picnic and what items should absolutely not be forgotten. The items mentioned most frequently as necessities for making the picnic experience a good one were blankets, cutlery, bags for rubbish, picnic basket, napkins, toolbox or a Thermos.  Food and drinks were also mentioned a lot, and the drinks mentioned were mostly alcoholic :). Other Roamlers gave tips to bring music, a dog (good to keep away insects) and outdoor toys.

Last month we also asked you to show us your best picnic spot. You submitted some great spots in the city, in beautiful parks and near the water. Below we have shared some of the most attractive pictures we received. In this interactive map, we have mapped out all of the beautiful picnic spots you sent to us. See if yours is listed or check out what other locations Roamlers have sent in.

Bookworm

When you are not performing tasks, creating smooties or going out to the gym, Roamlers tend to read books. On an e-reader or from paper; everybody has their preferences. Most of the time you buy books, order them online or borrow them from family and friends. The library is not used very often and also buying digital books for your e-reader is not as common compared the other options listed in this chart below.

In this task we also asked you which genre of books were your favourite. Roamlers are a very diverse group. Some of you prefer horror, while others are more interested in Romance. Autobiographies of sportsmen, singers or people like Bear Grylls are recommended.

   

   

Fantasy books are also popular. In the pictures above you can see which books are being read at the moment by Roamlers. Other Roamlers like horror stories better, but didn’t seem to have books lying around and were creative in depicting horror in their photos.

   

   

Romance and Thriller (and the classical who dun it) and were also mentioned a lot in this task. If you are into these genres as well, here are some recommendations of your fellow Roamlers.

   

Swedish questions answered

Recently Swedish Roamlers performed a task in which they could ask Dutch Roamlers questions. Along with sharing the results with Swedish Roamlers, we also wanted to share the results with you.

How many Roamlers are there in Holland?
Around 4000 Roamlers are active in the Netherlands, but the number fluctuates with new Roamlers joining and other Roamlers who are not active anymore.

Can I perform tasks in the Netherlands or UK with my Swedish account?
You can perform scout tasks in other countries. Whether or not you can perform the task is dependent on the language of the task, and the language settings of your Roamler account. In order to perform Dutch scout tasks, add Dutch to your language settings.

What is the highest XP score?
We can tell you there is a Roamler in level 9 with 60241 XP. You might wonder how this Roamler got there. To answer this question we asked Roamlers in level 8 and level 9 to tell us their secrets on getting a lot of XP. Here are some of their tips:

– Invest time in performing Roamler tasks. Some of the Roamler in level 8 and 9 have irregular hours for their job and are ‘lucky’ to be able to perform a lot of tasks during the hours they don’t have the work.

Perform all tasks, also the unpaid ones in order to earn as much XP as you can. Performing the unpaid tasks that become available every week will lead to a growing amount of XP.

Check the app every morning for tasks on the way to work or school. Some Roamlers get up early to make sure they can perform some extra task on their way. Others get up early on Saturday to perform some tasks.

When you are a Roamler in an area where there are not a lot of other active Roamlers, there are more tasks available for your to perform. They will add up.

Having your own means of transportation helps; a bike or a car makes it possible to perform tasks in a wider area

Thanks to Robert, Ed, Mark, Edwin and Roy for giving these insights! If you have any questions, let us know!

Updated App Version: 1.6.4

There is a new version of the app available. With this new version we have prepared to have higher quality pictures submitted in the future, which was the wish of some of Roamlers clients. With these changes, at Roamler HQ, for example, we can indicate that pictures taken from a shelf in a supermarket check must have a particular resolution. This allows Roamler and the client to receive pictures of high enough quality, allowing us to determine whether a product is actually in the picture.

In the future, for some pictures and tasks there will be a minimum resolution required to ensure that the quality of the image is high enough. This therefore means that if your camera does not meet the resolution requirements, you will not be able to complete the task. On average, the pictures sent in for Roamler tasks are 250 kb. In the past there was not a large amount required for sending in pictures to Roamler to avoid using too much of Roamler’s internet bundles. In the future, it is therefore possible that some pictures will need to be bigger than others, but we will inform you of this in the task. On average, the pictures send in for Roamler are still 250 kb.

Roamler says Välkommen!

The adventures of Roamlers continue, since today Roamler Sweden will launch. The first Swedish Roamlers  (the F50) have been able to use the app for a couple of days and as of today more Roamlers will be invited to join. And yes, if you have some invites left, you can invite Swedish Roamlers.

We were interested what you, the ‘hardcore’ UK and Dutch Roamlers thought of when thinking about Sweden, just as we did when we launched in the UK. We also wanted to give you the opportunity to give the new Swedish Roamlers some pointers.

When mentioning Sweden you said that you think of Ikea, Abba, the beautiful nature of the country and meatballs (which is the same for the Dutch Roamlers). But you also think of design (not mentioned by the Dutch Roamlers), Spotify, snow, chocolate and moose. Below you will find some of the submissions we received.

    

The tips you had for Swedish Roamlers were mainly about having fun with performing task, performing tasks as well as possible and checking the app regularly for new tasks. We really like the tips you gave new Roamlers, because it also gave us some insight into how you think about Roamler. We love to hear that your having fun with the task and checking the app regularly.

Do as many tasks as you can and be creative as you can!! It’s fun!

Advice to Roamlers is always have your phone on hand as you never know what you may come across, especially if you have to take a photo quickly to capture the moment.

Always check for new tasks when you are in a new area and when you are traveling turn location services on to be notified of new tasks.

Enjoy Roamler and earn money at the same time! Be aware though, its very addictive! 🙂

Always read the briefing carefully and make sure your picture is clear.

Enjoy the challenges Roamler sets out. They are like a treasure hunt and are really fun.

To enjoy Roamler, try to get some people you work or live with involved to make it more exciting and a bit of a competition to see who gets the most XP.

Win a trip to Stockholm?
The Swedish team has a challenge for you; do you have a great tip for a Swedish task? Inform the Swedish team (via info@Roamler.se) about it! The ultimate lead to a commercial task with at least 200 checks will earn you a trip to Stockholm.

‘Flush’ of the past

Can’t help it, but i am fascinated by toilet signs. Symbols in general have my interest, from the icons used for the olympics pictograms for the different sports, to road signs. Symbols have to explain what is meant (without using words) and everyone should be able to understand them.

Toilet sign are the ultimate challenge; how to make sure that creativity is shown, make sure the sign matches the venue AND clarify which toilet is for men and which one for women. It is a challenge, for example, ladies on the signs normally wear a dress, guys get pants. Only useful when the toilet is used by people where only women always wear a dress.

Being creative is a bit of a challenge as well. Sometimes the signs will show which clothing is appropriate to wear, as at the tennis club or a water world amusement park. Roalmers also found famous people being used as indicators of which toilet to use. Men must follow Clint Eastwood or Frank Sinatra, women are asked to enter the door with Marilyn Monroe.

     

A while ago we had a task to take pictures of a toilet sign (a long while ago that is). Above you’ll find some pictures Roamlers took. Being fascinated by toilet signs, I have also taken quite some pictures of toilet signs, from the more creative ones to the more standard signs. Taking these pictures starts up an interesting conversation sometimes, just as performing Roamler tasks. What is the funniest conversation you ever had, performing a Roamler task?

  

Going on a winter holiday and bringing…

Last week I went on a winter holiday and for the Winter vacation task I sent in my safety pants as a ‘not-to-miss’ accessory. With these pants there is extra protection when falling and as a snowboarder,  I sit down sometimes. These pants ensure I do not get a cold bottom.

A lot of Roamlers chose items that would protect them from the snow and cold, such as: helmets, hats, scarves and gloves. Other means of protection were not forgotton; we saw entries about both sunscreen and lip care.

Showing off on the piste is also important, so many Roamlers also decided to bring cameras on their holiday. Once you are done skiing or snowboarding it is time to have some drinks. Roamler Carlone knows how to make her own Gluhwein.

Did you know…

A few months ago we asked you give us some ‘Did you know’ facts and you guys did! And since you might want to start 2013 with gaining some useless facts knowledge, we have listed some facts in this post. We had a look at the tasks you send in and did you know that..
… most facts were found on the Internet, but also book and television shows (specifically QI) provided Roamlers with facts.
… Wikipedia was most populair to use as a source, followed by @uberfacts.

Some facts were about health and the human body. Try to make your next visit to the general practitioner a bit more interesting by asking:
– Did you know… 8% of people have an extra rib?
– Did you know… your tongue is the only muscle in your body that isn’t attached at both ends?
– Did you know… it’s impossible to lick your elbow?
– Did you know… you swallow at least 8 spiders a year?
– Did you know… that if you pinch the skin on the end of your elbow that it doesn’t hurt?
– Did you know… your most active muscle is in your eye?
– Did you know… fingernails grow better in cold weather?
– Did you know… that twin foetuses start playing in the womb at 14 weeks?
– Did you know… stubble grows faster when you’re dehydrated?
– Did you know… you have no sense of smell when you’re sleeping?

Did you know this about communication and technology?
– There are more mobile phones in Ireland than there is people.
– One google search uses the computing power of the entire Apollo space mission.
– If ‘Apple’ were a country, it would rank as the world’s 68th biggest.
– 44% of kids in America watch tv before going to sleep.
– If you perform a google search for Chuck Norris with I’m feeling lucky, you will be met with the Google response “Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find chuck Norris, he finds you.”
– Satellite navigation works using the space time continuum so that we actually get to the right place at the right time. Otherwise the times would be unsynchronised.

Other facts:
  • Did you know… that the eye of an ostrich is larger than it’s brain?
  • Did you know… Houdini actually trained his pet dog to escape from a miniature set of handcuffs?
  • Did you know… the average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long?
  • Did you know… that if you turn a polarized lens to a 90 degrees angle the image you could see disappears?
  • Did you know… a two pence coin weighs 7.13g?
  • Did you know that the first pocketknife (or. Penknife) was found to exist over 2000 years ago?
  • Did you know… that you should never pass food from chopsticks to chopsticks because it resembles a Japanese funeral tradition?
  • Did you know… in 1886 Coca-Cola was founded and was believed that it could be used like medicine to relieve pain and exhaustion? (and on a related note:)
  • Did you know… that Scotland is the only country where Coca-Cola is outsold by another drink: irn bru?
  • Did you know… there are 6448 different types of moulds of Lego bricks produced?
  • Did you know… that lemons contain more sugar than strawberries?
  • Did you know… the M4 motorway has the only dual-numbered junction in the UK (8/9)?
  • Did you know… the Body Mass Index (BMI) was never intended to be an indicator of health?
  • Did you know… the bells in Liverpool cathedral are the heaviest in the world?
  • Did you know… wearing a wig may be safer than a helmet? Due to drivers perceiving them as as women and hence being more vulnerable.
  • Did you know… that Ralph Lauren’s original name was Ralph Lifshitz?
  • Did you know… that the Anglo-Zanzibar War is the shortest war in history, lasting only 38 minutes…?
  • Did you know… 85 percent of smokers wish they’d never started?
  • Did you know… there is a lake named “Lake Disappointment” in Australia?
  • Did you know… lipsticks contain fish scales?
  • Did you know… oak trees do not produce acorns until they are 50 years old or older?
  • Did you know… ‘Topolono’ is the name for Micky Mouse in Italy?
  • Did you know… that not all birds sing/whistle, there is actually a bird discovered that barks like a dog?
  • Did you know… a golden razor removed from Tutankhamen’s tomb over 3000 years after his death was still sharp enough for use?
  • Did you know.. that the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia?
  • Did you know… a turtles shell is made up of 50 bones instead of one?
  • Did you know… that a solar panel works in reverse at night and without blocking diodes would use electric through the night?
  • Did you know… that if a bat is hanging upside down it can only have one eye open? If it opens both it will fall.
  • Did you know… that “karate” means “empty hand”?
  • Did you know… snails breathe through their feet?
  • Did you know… that haute couture was born, not in Paris, but in the small market town of Bourne in Lincolnshire, birthplace of Charles Frederick Worth?
  • Did you know… there are as many chickens on earth as there are humans?
  • Did you know… a blue whales tongue weighs more than an elephant?
  • Did you know… that the word posh came from P.O.S.H.? Meaning port out starboard home. For the well to do who could afford the better side on their travels.
  • Did you know… a giraffe eats upto 75 pounds of food a day?
  • Did you know… the Netherlands has only 0.008% of the world’s area, with roughly 480 inhabitants per square kilometre?
  • Did you know… that a banana is a herb? It’s technically regarded as a herbaceous plant.
  • Did you know… there are over 19,000 listed buildings in the British capital?
  • Did you know… penguins get their name from the Latin word for fat which is pinguis?
  • Did you know… that a giraffes kick is so string that it can decapitate a lion?
  • Did you know… you can only taste food with saliva?
  • Did you know… adding milk to a cup of tea keeps it warmer for longer than tea with no milk?
  • Did you know… that unlike other rodents, guinea pigs are born furry and with their eyes open?
  • Did you know… James Bond has killed 150 men and slept with 44 women since the first movie in 1962?
  • Did you know… that every hour, about 12,500 puppies are born in the U.S.?
  • Did you know… shoe size in the UK is measured in barleycorns, a unit of measurement that dates back to the 10th century? One barleycorn is one-third of an inch.
  • Did you know… 14th September is the saint’s day of Saint Crescentius of Rome who was martyred in AD 300?
  • Did you know… Wrigleys gum was the first product sold in a supermarket with a bar code? It was a 10 pack of wrigleys juicy fruit gum.
  • Did you know… that Jaffa cakes, even though they taste orange, are actually made from apricots?
  • Did you know… in the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific people don’t say ‘hellish’ they rub noses instead?
  • Did you know… when Shrek the musical first started it took the make up team 3 1/2 hours to do the make up Shrek. They can now do it in 1 1/2!
  • Did you know… the first coffee house to open in Europe was in Venice in 1645?
  • Did you know.. freestyle karate is an American martial art adapted from the traditional martial arts to be faster and better for general sport fighting?
  • Did you know… fleas have killed more people than all of mans wars combined, in the 14th century fleas transmitted the black death to more than a quater of Europe?
  • Did you know… Pumbaa from the Lion King,  was the first Disney character to ‘fart’ in a disney movie?
  • Did you know… an albatross bird can fly for 3 miles with a single flat of it’s wings ?
  • Did you know… that pineapples grow on the ground and not on trees?
  • Did you know… the word “listen” contains the same letters as the word “silent”?
  • Did you know… the longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds?
  • Did you know… Stalin and Hitler hated jazz music and considered it detrimental to civilised society, while Mussolini was an eager estimator of the genre?
  • Did you know… that an elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump?
  • Did you know… Dolphins sleep with one eye open?
  • Did you know… Coke used to originally be green?
  • Did you know… that Donna Summer wrote her top 10 hit “she works hard for the Money” in the bathroom?
  • Did you know… that cows can’t walk down stairs?