Erly is a social network that connects people beyond the traditional friends and circles. Erly connects users by mapping them to similar places, times, locations and events. Erly feels that this new way of connecting people can bring many more together and expand most user's usual circle of friends. Erly allows users to create an event page. They can add pictures, video and other content to document this event and share it with others. Other users could then post their pictures and recollections of the event. This creates a page where many different points of view can be showcased in order to bring the event to life. This also helps users and their friends have a shared memory about an event and look back on it. Erly is better than any scrapbook or photo album since it allows a format for many users to collaborate and share their media from the event.Show more screenshots »
Erly is supported by a three person crew. Eric Feng is the founder and the CEO. Eric has worked at such companies as Hulu, Microsoft and Trilogy Software. Andrew Lin is a co-founder of Erly and his experience includes Catchafire, Hulu and Microsoft. Eugene Wei is the Vice President of Product at Erly and is also from Hulu. Erly is based out of Menlo Park, California.
Unlike other social networks that focus on the degrees of separation among friends, Erly focuses on events, places and times. Through an event page for a wedding, for example, users can connect, post their images from the reception and link to the people they just met at the wedding and they want to stay in touch with after the event. Traditional social networks can make it difficult to reconnect with new people who were joined together at an event. Erly makes this connection and friendship that much easier since it brings people together around an event instead of a name or friend list.
Erly's event pages are absolutely gorgeous. The format is so easy to design and looks professional and polished. Although the site hosts a ton of media and content, it is extremely fast and responsive. Erly is also very fun to browse through and users can become engaged with the site without having to spend a lot of time learning it. Uploading content to and creating events through Erly is also very straight forward. Users will be able to access Erly without much learning or guessing. It is laid out very well and is easy to use. Since Erly is relatively new, it could use more users and content on its site. Some of the featured content is from the creators of the site, which just indicates that they could use a boost in registered users.
Registration on Erly can be completed in seconds for those users who link their Facebook account. Erly will not post to a user's Facebook wall if they do register this way. For those who want to sign up the old fashioned way they will just need to input their name, email address and password to register.
Erly is 100% free. It appears to be backed by investments. There is no indication that they will ever charge for their services. The site is also free of advertisements.
Erly is excellent for anyone who wants to document a recent event, and share their content with others. It lays out media in such a beautiful and appealing way that is beyond what any other content sharing site or social network can offer. For those who want or document or showcase a special occasion, a portfolio of photos, or their memories of a special place- Erly is this place to do this. As Erly grows it will become that much more engaging and useful.