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Meet the worlds first C5 quadriplegic fringster

Friday, July 31st, 2009

fringsters, Meet Barry Botes a dynamic quadriplegic fringster from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Barry is officially (as far as we know) the world’s first C5 quadriplegic fringster.

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Barry is the founder of a unique NPO called Ama Wheelies which aims to help quadriplegics become self sustaining.  The project also aims to provide accommodation and business opportunities for quadriplegics living in Thaba Chweu, South Africa.

Feel free to follow the Ama Wheelies project on their website, blog, Twitter, facebook or flickr.

If you happen to be in a fringing good mood you can also donate to this amazing project by clicking here.

From everyone here at fring a huge shoutout to Barry for becoming the world’s first C5 quadriplegic fringster. We look forward to following your progress and the progress of Ama Wheelies in the next few months.

Note: Read the full article about the worlds first C5 Quadriplegic fringster here.

Feature highlight: Push notification

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

So, you’ve all been very excited about the new ‘Push notification’ we released last week but since it’s a new feature on the iPhone 3.0 firmware some of you had a few questions about it. So let’s dive in and explain it a bit further:

Using the new Push Notification capability, you can now be notified when you receive a call or a chat when fring is not running. 

Note: Push Notification is only available on firmware version 3.x or newer. If you are using an older firmware version, you can use the “Always-on” add-on.

Once you register to fring and run it for the first time, you will see this message on your screen:

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Choose OK and your contacts will continue seeing you as ‘online’ once you exit fring and will be able to send you chat messages and to call you.
Choosing Don’t Allow will dismiss this window and you will not get notifications.

Note: Once you exit fring, your contacts will see you online and you’ll be available for the next 6-8 hours. We’re still fine tuning this period based on your feedback.

When a contact will send you a chat message or try to call you while out of fring, you’ll receive these notifications:

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If you choose Answer, fring will launch and these windows will follow:

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Note: if you choose Close, you will not be available any longer and your contacts will see you offline until the next time you launch fring.

Temporarily disabling Push Notification

If for some reason, you don’t want that your contacts to see you online when fring is not running, you can temporarily disable Push Notification. Just open fring, click on More –> Go Offline –> click Offline again. Quick & easy.

Well, seems that we covered most of this feature. If you have any questions feel free to post them here and we’ll be happy to answer them.

The fringTEAM

Thank you! [Friends finder week]

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Dear fringsters,

This is just a small thank you note to all of you who’ve taken part in our special Friends Finder week.

It’s been great to see so many of you create your own personal profiles, find new friends and discover old friends already on fring!

We hope you like the new Friends Finder tool and continue using it because the more fring friends you have, the more fringing fun you have!

Also note that the competition for the friendliest fringster ends this Friday, 24 July, so remember to send us how many new friends you added to fring during Friends Finder week (inviteafriend [at] fring.com). The top 5 friendliest fringsters will receive the very exclusive and cool fring t-shirt and notebook :-)

So thanks again for your enthusiasm – it’s been a great week!

Cheers,

The fring TEAM

Why should I add a picture to my fring profile [friends finder week]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Now you have a profile. What’s next!? Make it ‘public’, so other fringsters can easily find you, and you never know- friendships are found in the least expected places (of course- you are free to search for whatever your heart desires, friendship being just one possibility :-) ).

How do you attract more people to your profile? Place your picture on it!

Research has shown that social-network subscribers with profile photos receive 30% more visits than those without. This makes sense because people like being visually stimulated. Simply put it- it makes your profile a lot more personal.

That’s what fring’s all about- freedom, sharing & social fun.

Update your profile today with a brand new picture: click login to enter your fring personal page–> edit –> under ‘my picture’ click browse –> choose the photo you’d like to add and click open –> click save and your’re done.

Spicing up your profile is as easy as that!

How to invite friends from the fring website [friends finder week]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The new fring “friends finder” section on the fring website gives you many ways to invite new friends to join you on fring.

Invite by email: just enter your own & your friend’s email address to the form. You can enter multiple addresses by separating them with a comma. This is the email your friends will get.

Find on other networks: you can invite your hotmail, gmail. Yahoo mail & AOL mail friends to fring. It is sweet and simple; just enter your email service credentials onto the form, make sure you are logged into fring with your fring credentials, and click “Next”.

First, fring will locate your email friends that are fringsters. Next,  you can easily invite them to become your fring buddies (use the “add as friends” button)

The second step is to send an email invitation to all your email friends that are not yet fringsters. Just use the “send email invitation” button. This is the email you will send them.

Note: All information is submitted securely & fring does not store any of this information. Your credentials are safe and fring will never use them again without your specific approval.

How to add friends on minifring [friends finder week]

Monday, July 20th, 2009

minifring is the chat only version of fring for low- end devices (J2ME). Here’s a little explanation for how to add friends to your minifring list.

You can search for a contact who has already registered with minifring / fring and add them to your contact list.

To search for a fring contact on the fring network:

1. From the contact list menu choose More using your left soft key.

The Options menu opens.

2. Choose the Add buddy option  ‘More‘ –> Search phone book

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Your address book will open. You can scroll and select ‘Select‘ on any contact. The contact’s phone number will be shown on the search screen and an option to ‘Add‘ or ‘More‘ will appear. If the user is already a fring user, the contact will be added to your contact list. If the user has not yet registered with fring or minifring, an SMS will be sent inviting them to join fring or minifring (depending on which version supports their device)

How to add friends on Windows Mobile [friends finder week]

Monday, July 20th, 2009

A few days ago we showed you how to add friends using your iPhone or Symbian s60 device. If you own a Windows Mobile 5/6 device, this is for you:

On your fring client you can search for a contact who has already registered with fring and add her or him to your contact list.

To search for a fring contact in the fring network:

1. From the contact list choose Menu.

2. Choose the Add new buddy option.

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Your address book will open. You can scroll and select any contact.

The contact’s phone number will be shown on the search screen and an option to ‘Add‘ or ‘Cancel‘ will appear. If the user is already a fring user, the contact will be added to your contact list. If the user has not yet registered with fring, an SMS will be sent to him, asking him/her to join fring.

3. If you click ‘Other‘ on the address book screen, you’ll be able to manually enter the phone number (including the int. prefix) and click add.

If the user is already a fring user, the contact will be added to your contact list. If the user has not yet registered with fring, an SMS will be sent to him, asking him/her to join fring.

Note: If you are using a ‘WiFi only’ device, you will not be able to use this feature.

During the next few days we will show you how to add friends, using other platforms. Stay tuned.

How to add friends on UIQ [friends finder week]

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

During the last few days we’ve showed you different ways to find and add new buddies to your fring list. Today we’re going to show you how to add new friends if you’re using a UIQ device.

You can search for a buddy who has already registered with fring and add her or him to your buddy list.

To search for a fring buddy in the fring network:

1. From the Main menu choose Add new buddy.

2. Scroll to the buddy you want to add and select it.

The buddy’s phone number appears on the search screen and the options to Add or Cancel appear. If the user is already a fring user, the buddy is added to your buddy list. If the user has not yet registered with fring, an SMS will be sent to him, asking him/her to join fring.

To manually enter a phone number to add as a new buddy:

1. From the Main menu choose Add new buddy.

2. Click Back.

3. Manually enter the phone number (including the int. prefix) and click Add or Search.

If the user is already a fring user, the buddy will be added to your buddy list. If the user has not yet registered with fring, an SMS will be sent to him, asking him/her to join fring.

That’s it – it’s simple and it’s fun to add more friends.

How to add friends on iPhone/iPod touch [friends finder week]

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

So you have fring on your iPhone/ iPod touch, how very lucky you are!

The only thing left is to have all your friends on fring on as well.

The way to do that is short, sweet &  simple:

Go to “More” > “Add new buddy

If you know your friend’s fring User ID choose “By fring User ID

Enter your friend’s fring User ID, fring will search the fring directory and when found, will let you know. Your friend needs to approve the request and Walla! You are now both fring friends.

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If you want to add friends from your phone address book choose “By phone contact”. Select a friend from you phone address book, next fring will search for your friend in the fring directory.

In case your friends still don’t have fring, drop them a word.

Keep in mind, the more fring friends, the merrier!

Happy fringing

How to install fring on iPhone/iPod touch [friends finder week]

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

fring is available to download from the Appstore, completely free!

Go to the AppStore and search for fring.

Once the download is finished, a fring icon will appear on your iPhone/iPod touch desktop. Tap on it.

This will take you to the “Account setup” screen.

If you are a new user- choose “New user”. In case you’ve actually registered to fring in the past, no matter with which device, choose “Existing user” and login.

Now you are ready to fring- a- way.

Enjoy!

The fringTEAM

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