Screenr: Show & Tell Made Simple

dogbertIT Screenr: Show & Tell Made SimplePerhaps you’re a bit nicer than Dogbert, but that doesn’t mean that helping people through technical problems is easy. Screenr has just the solution to your woes – whether it’s explaining to your mom how to change her Facebook privacy settings to conducting user testing on your new web app. With its easy to use screen-casting solution, Screenr allows you to create short videos to share over the web to aid learning, collaboration and problem solving.

We interviewed Mike Olivieri, Director of Web Engineering at Screenr to get his take on making collaboration and learning on the web easier.

Tell us a little about Screenr and what inspired this application.

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After the launch of Screenr.com we found that many users, including our team, were creating screencasts for customer support purposes. We wanted to provide businesses with an easy way to privately share ideas and problems. With Screenr Business you can easily make screencasts part of any workflow. Many customers are using the service as part of their software development process (QA people can record the problem) and as a tool to share knowledge with teammates.

Which Infochimps API do you use and how does it integrate with Screenr?
We use the Geolocation API as part of our analytics feature. We track both where a screencast was recorded from and where a user views it from. Here is a quick screencast showing it in the app.

What have you loved about working with the Infochimps API?
Integrating the API into Screenr Business was super easy. With the simple API and clean data model provided by infochimps, we were able to add geolocation in just a few lines of code. And since we started using it, we never have to worry about it, it just works!

What advice do you have for aspiring app builders and fellow web developers out there?
Leverage APIs like Infochimp and Screenr Business to help get your app out faster by focusing on the problem your app solves, not the underlying technical ones.

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