There are quite a few tasks where you may want to notify a user about something that’s changed. For example, with the Visual Search task, you can submit a photo for other users to identify. Since the response can be delayed, it’s not really practical to expect users to keep checking their task to see if any new responses have occurred. This is why we’ve created an easy way to support notifications on your tasks. You can also add badges that show up on the app icon as well as on the task list so users can see if there’s anything for them to check out. You can see notifications in action by trying out Visual Search or Ask Nick About Cars.
We tried to make this as easy to implement as possible and you can learn more by checking out our documentation. For now, only iOS is supported but we expect Android support soon. Thanks!
Google spreadsheets is a great tool for collecting data. It’s free, easy to use, and works on any web browser. Because of this, we’ve created a wizard that helps you connect the output from your Human.io activities to a Google Spreadsheet.
This makes it really easy to record and analyze the output from your activities, to get started, create a spreadsheet with the data headers that you want, and go to your Developer Page and click “Connect” in the Google Spreadsheets section.
You’ll be able to select one of your spreadsheets, and we’ll generate some sample code to show you how to write your data.
Now you’ll be able to push data to any of your Google Spreadsheets. We hope you’ll find it useful.
Our Photo Hunt launch was quite successful- we were blown away by the quality and creativity of the hundreds of photos submitted. One of the requests we’ve gotten is for a simpler way to create new Human.io tasks without writing code, so we went ahead and created a wizard to help you create your own hunt. These hunts appear in the Human.io client app, and any photos submitted to your hunt can be posted to your Tumblr account.
Once you’ve connected your account, you can go ahead and start your Photo Hunt! Just open the App Wizard and you can create your hunt, start and stop it, and review the incoming photos.
As you know, Wikipedia is built by volunteers who have made the site an invaluable source of information. Since so many people love Wikipedia, we thought we’d make it easy for fans to submit photos for Wikipedia. To try it out, just install the Human.io app for iOS or Android.
From Human.io, tap the “Photograph a historic place” task to get started.
You’ll see a list of the closest Wikipedia sites. Choose one and you’ll see a map and a button to take a picture. Once you take the picture, you can send it on and it will get sent to Wikipedia.
With human.io, you can be a part of the action! Human.io empowers you by giving you the ability to connect with the organizations you care about.
How it works
After you install the Human.io app for iOS or Android, you’ll see a list of activities to choose from. These activities change on a regular basis and come from different organizations which are listed by each activity name. Each activity is different, and they change on a regular basis. Some examples of activities are:
- A photo scavenger hunt
- Helping Wikipedia with photos of historic places
- Playing a trivia game with friends
- Getting other people to identify an object that you’ve photographed
- Helping a news organization take pictures of creative political campaigns
A great way to think about these activities is to think about them like temporary apps that run on your phone. They don’t require installation or removal and are launched simply by tapping them in the Human.io app.
How to create an activity
For those of you who code in PHP, we now have a PHP API available for testing. It provides a simple library that exposes all the same functionality as the python API.
Try it now and let us know what you think, the archive includes sample code and a README.
When you write a micro-app, you can now specify an icon with a simple change to your code! Just add the ‘thumbnail’ field to your create_task call. Images will automatically be scaled to fit, and you don’t need to bother rounding any corners.
app.create_task(description="Daily News Trivia",
thumbnail="http://[url to thumbnail]",