We get asked this question a lot, so we thought we'd go into a bit more detail regarding the differences (and similarities) between both methods of communication.
Groups and Public users
Trygve allows you to communicate with members of the public around you, not only the groups you’re a member of. This is particularly important for incidents such as road accidents, missing persons or location warnings which can affect everyone located around that immediate area, whether they’re in your group or not. A great example of this in use is if you travel to another town where you may not know anyone - you still receive public events posted in that area.
Trygve’s main tool is the map - local events are plotted directly on the map so you can see what’s occurring around you. Wherever you move your map, the corresponding events appear there, too. At a glance, you can see what kind of event is posted by it’s icon-type (warning, emergency, lost, found, etc) and what it’s priority is (low, medium, high).
Notifications based on your situation, not user likes
You will receive emergency event alerts in real time directly on your device as a push notification, rather than seeing an event just because it is ‘popular’, as seen on Facebook. Users can downgrade an event to let others know the situation is being assisted, update users using comments, and close an event once it has been complete. All this happens in real time, so users don’t keep seeing emergency events after they have been given the ‘all clear’.
Trygve’s intention is to be used as community collaboration tool to make society better and safer. Its intention is not to be a social networking platform, rather it's to be a tool to further enhance the excellent work of good samaritans, community groups and emergency services. Our users in Sweden have voiced that they tend to take pop-up notifications from Trygve a little more seriously than other notifications, with a feeling of ‘what can I do? What do I need to know?’
There are some other differences, like our strong code of conduct, a commitment to user integrity and a focus on emergency services being able to post as well. In Sweden, we are able to connect home alarm systems to Trygve and integrate them into the app - this won’t be available initially in the UK, but will be after a few months!
There are, of course, some similarities as well! We think Facebook has driven some fantastic methods of communication into the digital world that we have integrated into our app, too, such as commenting events and ‘acknowledging’ posts.
Hopefully this clears things up!
- Team Trygve