Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Home for the Holidays

Hey, Raters! We've relocated our blog to our new website. Thanks so much for your support so far. Can't wait to see you at our new home. Why not check it out now? Happy Rating!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Nothing But New News


Hello, Raters! We’re sorry we’ve been out of touch for a while, but it’s because we’ve been hard at work on all kinds of exciting things that we hope will improve your Rating experience and remind you how much we value your support. We’ve got a lot to share and even more to celebrate.

The first big development is the release of v1.2 for iPhone. Not only does this update fix many of the bugs you’ve been telling us about, but it’s also compatible with iOS5, meaning you can Rate from your amazing new iPhone.  You can download the update from the iTunes market. To commemorate the release, the folks at iwearyourshirt.com are donning their RateThis! tees while they film hilarious videos on November 13, 2011. Be sure to check it out here.

The second and most important reason to celebrate, loyal Raters, is you. We realize we would be lost without your support, so we’re launching a contest to reward our most avid fans.  It runs from November 13 to December 13, so post as many Rates as you possibly can during that time. The prizes are nothing short of amazing.

  • The Rater who uploads the most Rates will receive an iPad2
  • The runner up wins an 8GB iPod Touch.
  • The most popular Rate posted will earn the Rater a $50 iTunes gift card
  • The second most popular Rate wins a $25 iTunes gift card.

It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation. Currently this contest is only available to US-based Raters, but we’re working on a way of expanding our contestant pool.

Finally, we are on the verge of launching our new website. It’s sleek and easy to use, just like the RateThis! app. We hope you’ll turn to the site for all your RateThis! news and information. Once it’s live, we promise to keep it up to date with the latest and greatest.

So now it’s your turn, Raters, to check out what we’ve been up to and let us know what you think. Download the update, visit iwearyourshirt.com on the 13th and upload as many Rates as you can! We’ll let you know when the website is live. Until then, Happy Rating!
 http://www.iwearyourshirt.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Facebook App Now Available!


Big news from Team RateThis! HQ this week...The RateThis! app is now available via our Facebook page, so non-iOS users can join in on the Rating fun. We're still hard at work on the Android version, but for now please check out the Facebook version. We're really proud of it and hope you enjoy using it as much as we do.

In other news, we got a great review from appadvice.com. Check it out here

Team RateThis! is working on some exciting new features, the first of which should be available in about a month. If you have ideas for new features, please let us know- send an email to 'ratethis@cookiejarsolutions.com'.

We also want to reiterate to all our Raters that we are very protective of your privacy. RateThis! requires certain personal information to ascertain whether a user is permitted to view and rate on certain Rates. We use this information only to provide the most pleasant experience possible. We take your privacy seriously and will never share or sell any information that personally identifies you. So rest assured and, as always, Happy Rating!





Monday, August 29, 2011

Don't Miss Your Chance to Win an iPod Touch


Team RateThis! here with the latest news. We are in the final week of our August contest, which ends on the 31st. Download the app and start posting Rates for your chance to win an iPod Touch or iTunes gift certificate. We’ve been having so much fun this month checking out all our feedback and going through the Rates people have uploaded. We want to thank everyone who has become an early adopter of RateThis! We couldn’t do it without you.

Our first update, v1.1, is out of beta testing. We've gone through and nixed all the little bugs and annoyances that have cropped up since we went live.  We're pretty sure we got them all, but we expect you to let us know if that’s not true.  It's currently being reviewed by Apple and should be on the App Store in a matter of days. We will keep you posted.

In other news, we just have been reviewed by 'AppStoreReviewer' on Youtube. If you are still on the fence, maybe this review will cause you to jump on over to our side. We sure hope so. Happy Rating!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Winners, Winners, Everywhere

It's been another busy week here at RateThis! Round three of our contest just ended on Monday, which means we have another two winners! The contest continues for another week, so keep Rating and posting Rates for your chance to win.

In other news, we're hard at work on updates and new versions. We are almost there with our testing of the Android version. We are hoping for a release on the Android Market within a matter of weeks. The first iPhone update is also in its final stages and should address all the little kinks and bugs our awesome Raters have brought to our attention.

Most importantly, Team RateThis! is feeling the love from our Raters. We've gotten great feedback and reviews and we just want you to know that we are so appreciative. Please continue to let us know how we can improve. Happy Rating!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We Have a Winner! Two, Actually.

This past week has been full of action here at RateThis! HQ. We were featured on iwearyourshirt.com and their team made some hilariously funny videos which you can check out below.

We also chosen our first two contest winners. We will be notifying them privately to let them know they won. We hope they'll give us permission to feature them on our facebook and twitter pages.

There are still three weeks and six chances to win left in the contest. Each week, whoever uploads the most Rates will win an 8GB iPod Touch. The person who uploads the most popular Rate will win a $50 iTunes Gift Certificate.

Check out the iwearyourshirt.com videos below. We hope you like them as much as we do. Until next time, Raters.


















Monday, August 1, 2011

Our Day on iwearyourshirt.com & a Contest!

August is shaping up to be quite an action-packed month at RateThis! Headquarters, and it’s barely even begun. The month kicks off with the awesome team at IWearYourShirt.com promoting our app for the entire day of August 1st. Please click here to check it out. 


August 1st is also the launch day for our first RateThis! contest.  Each week for 4 weeks we will be giving away an 8GB iPod Touch to the Rater who uploads the most Rates. The Rater who uploads the single most popular Rate in each week will win a $50 iTunes Gift Certificate. This promotion is only for US Raters, but we are working on a way to expand the borders a little with our next promotion. So start posting those Rates now!


We hope everyone loves RateThis! We have almost 2000 Rates since we launched 3 weeks ago and we’re doing everything we can to make the app even more amazing.  Our next update will be even faster and will work out a few of the bugs that have cropped up since RateThis! went live.  We hope to have it to you within a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Android Update & Our First Review

Hi Raters, Team RateThis! here with the latest news...

We're excited to announce that the Android version is so close to being ready  that we will start co-mingling the beta version of RateThis! with the live iPhone version soon.   We're happy the iPhone version is live, but we're also grateful that the Android testing process is so easy. That said, it's not too late to be a beta tester for the Android version. Please send an email here if you're interested.


In other news, we just got our first video review! Please check it out here.  It's a small iPhone review website but we are ecstatic to have been profiled. We hope to have more press on other sites soon,  but in the meantime we could really use your help.  If you like RateThis!, please tell your friends and ask them to become Raters too. The more people using RateThis! the more fun it becomes. Sharing RateThis! with friends is easy, just click here and then click on 'Get This App', input your friends' email addresses and they will receive a direct link.


We would love to hear everyone's opinion about the app, so please leave us a comment below, or on our twitter or facebook page.  Thanks for all  your help and support. Happy Rating!



Monday, July 18, 2011

Celebration Time


Hi Raters! We hope you’ve been well since we last checked in. It’s been a time of celebration all over the world: the U.S. observed its independence on July 4th and the French theirs on the 14th. There’s another commemoration happening as well- CJS co-founders Fourat Janabi and Micheal Cook are together again to mark the release of their first app- RateThis!  This has been a long time coming, so it demands an in-person meeting. It’s easy to forget the value of face time in this digital world of ours, so don’t forget to take time to honor life’s special moments together. We hope to have some fun videos, interviews and Rates to show you when the revelry dies down. Until then, Happy Rating!

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're LIVE

Cookie Jar Solutions is excited to announce that its first app, RateThis!, is live and available for download for use on iOS devices. The app can be downloaded via the Apple app store. RateThis! is designed to simplify the decision making process and make it much more exciting.

RateThis! is a new type of app based on socially interactive media. It allows the user to simplify the decision making process by crowd sourcing society. RateThis! expands on the concept behind polling sites like Hot or Not by permitting users to compare more than just people. People have a wide variety of categories into which they can post their Rates. CJS aims to expand the concept and usage of socially interactive media to add value, simplicity and fun to the lives of people.

People benefit from RateThis! by using the wisdom and opinion of crowds to help make decisions. Can’t decide whether to vacation in the Cook Islands or Fiji? Unable to choose whether you should buy a Mini Cooper or a Fiat 500? Want to know who is the front-runner in the next election? RateThis! can help answer all these questions and more.

CJS plans to release RateThis! on other platforms soon. Android will be the next release, followed by Windows Phone 7, WebOS and the Web. RateThis! is poised to become the one stop polling station of the future by providing real-time feedback on all of society's issues. The only limit is the world’s imagination. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The End of Beta


Hello, Raters!  We are so excited to announce that we are finally at the end of beta testing. It’s been a long 2 ½ months, during which we rooted out many bugs and added lots of fun new features. We have just submitted the build to Apple and are eagerly awaiting their response. We’re hoping that Apple reacts as enthusiastically as our beta testers did. Our beta testers have all told us the same thing; the app is addictive and simple to use. We have high hopes for it once it’s unleashed.

We are still working on the Android version and are about to begin our first round of beta on that platform. Developing for Android involves fewer restrictions, so we aren’t limited to 100 beta testers and we don’t have to collect anyone’s unique phone identifiers to authorize the app. We can freely share the app with anyone who would like to help us out with testing or just likes having advanced copies of apps. If you are interested in helping us beta test on Android, drop us a line and it’s as good as done.

Thanks for following our story, Raters. We hope to have many new exciting developments to share with you soon. Until then, happy Rating!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

RateThis! Movie

Happy Friday, Raters! We have something exciting to share with you- we made a movie! In it you can see exactly how RateThis! works and a few of the fun ways it can be used. Please take a look and let us know your thoughts. Until next time, Happy Rating!



Friday, June 17, 2011

Weekly RateThis! Roundup...

Hi Raters!

Happy Friday! Team RateThis! checking in with the latest developments... We're in the final stages of submitting the app to Apple and we are both excited and frustrated, like a kid the night before their birthday. We just want then to be now already! Have you ever felt that way? 

Occasionally the reality hits us- we're days away from being live. Wow!  All the hard work and brainstorming and conference calls at crazy hours are about to be put to the test. Was it worth it? You tell us. We are dying to hear what you think.

But, before you go off into the Rating world, let us offer some tips we've learned along the way:

1. Take care with your pictures. You don't have to be Patrick McMullen or Herb Ritts, but do try to get a good picture of both items up for Rating.  

2. If you want to see rapid movement in your Rating social status, post a lot of Rates. It sounds obvious, but we want to make sure we're clear. 

3. Have fun.  This app is exactly what you make it, so take it and run with it. Surprise us and have a great time out there, Raters.

We'll definitely let you know more as we get closer to being live. Until then, thanks for coming along on this ride with us. We are so excited to see what happens next.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Beta! Moving Forward

Greetings Raters,


This week has been dedicated to the closed beta of RateThis! during which we've encountered the usual beta associated problems. But that's why we're beta testing in the first place - to get rid of the bugs, glitches and other sundry annoyances before we hit the App Store and Android Market. We're still convinced that RateThis! is going to be amazing and we can't thank our closed beta testers enough for helping us get there. We've gotten lots of positive responses and we're looking forward to moving into open beta soon. If anybody reading this would like to be part of that phase, drop me a line at 'fouratj@cookiejarsolutions.com'.


-Fourat

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Internationalism! Moving Abroad and Beta

RateThis! has moved to Italy in what might have been the easiest move on record because everything is in the cloud. All I had to do was pack up my bags and hope on a plane. Micheal remains in Bahrain, but expects to travel to the US soon.


We are just now starting to ramp up to beta. We're a week behind schedule, but inspiration struck and we decided to implement our new ideas immediately instead of waiting for the first update. I'm sure everybody will approve because it all makes for a smoother user experience. If anyone would like to be part of the open beta, send me an email on 'fouratj@cookiejarsolutions.com' and I'll get you added.


With that, I am off to explore the beautiful streets of Rome, scope out some new Rates for the beta and enjoy some delicious gelato. Ciao!


-Fourat


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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Founders! Who Are We & Our First App

Hello,


So the title is a little misleading, since we can't describe our first app, but it will be on the App Store within 2 months of this post, [shamelessly trying to drive traffic to this post]. You do know the name of our app from the title of this account, and am sure you can guess its basic functionality.


Here's a little information about us for those who are interested, I am Fourat Janabi and together with my business partner Micheal Cook. We are the founders of CookieJar Solutions. We began CookieJar Solutions to develop unique smartphone applications with innovative user interfaces and groundbreaking ideas. We aim to deliver the core functions of our apps in the most simplistic and straightforward manner. We hope you will love our first app which is due on the App Store in less than 2 months. Here's a little about us for those who are interested.


We have been close friends since we met in Baghdad's Green Zone in June 2007. We are both nomads who love travelling around the world. We are currently in Bahrain (Yes, we witnessed the protests and got into a few hairy situations). I am moving the app development operation to Italy soon, and Mike will be handling marketing from the States in the hear future.


We came up with our first app idea way back in 2008 but it took us a while to get to work. Once we got moving however, it was full steam ahead. In Oct of 2010, we incorporated in Nevada and established our LLC. We began working on our first app, RateThis! immediately thereafter. We are currently at Alpha Build now, heading to Closed Beta soon, followed by an Open Beta. We can't say too much now, but stayed tuned for updates!


Thats it from us for now. We'll be on your smartphones soon.


-Fourat & Mike


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

RateThis! Building a new type of Social Media

CookieJar Solutions LLC has been up and running for a few months now. Our first App RateThis! is going to be a new type of social media: Social Interactive Media. No longer will you be just an observer into your friends life, but an active participant in many more ways than you can imagine (or even we can imagine).


RateThis! will be on the iPhone / Android / WebOS / Win7 marketplaces in phased deployments. We are really excited about this app. We are currently at Alpha Build commencing to Beta within 2 weeks. If all goes well, we should be up on the iPhone App Store within 2 months, rolling out to the other app stores in due time.


Stay tuned for more info!


-Fourat


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