INeedTruth is a site dedicated to providing users with a means to assess what people feel about any given topic. Users login to post a photo and then state what they’re trying to gather from the community. For instance, a user posted a photo of two different ISP logos, the question being which one they should go with. I Need Truth aims for users to gather enough feedback from various people of differing backgrounds in order to get a general feel for what the prevailing opinion is.Show more screenshots »
I Need Truth went live on July 17th 2010, so the website is still quite new, but the site will be used by people who wish to know what a majority of people feel about any given subject. The site allows for the posting of pictures, and the poster puts forward a question in regards to the photo that they wish to have answered. Users can then vote to agree or disagree with those who respond, and then like or dislike the topic in general if they wish. INeedTruth.com was shut down in 2010.
Opinions are easy to come by, especially on the internet, but often facts can be lost in the process. I Need Truth aims to cut through the opinions by essentially averaging out user’s feedback, the theory seeming to be that given enough feedback on a topic, one can gather meaningful feedback overall. The concept is unique in and of itself, as each person will bring their own opinions and biases to any given topic, but by taking that information in as a whole, users can get a satisfactory answer to their questions.
The color scheme of I Need Truth seems to clash in many ways, however in fairness, the site is in its beta stages, and is possibly still subject to change. On the left side of the screen there’s a feedback widget which follows the browser as the page scrolls up and down, which is more than a little annoying, and it makes one wonder why this couldn’t have simply been placed in a static location on the site. It’s likely a temporary measure to facilitate easily submitting feedback while the site is in beta, but it detracts from the experience nevertheless. On the site’s Twitter feed it appears that the site is going to undergo some major changes within the next few weeks, so it is likely that a lot of the design flaws mentioned above will be addressed.
In order to sign up for I Need Truth, visitors can click on the green “Sign Up” link in the top right hand corner of the screen, upon which they are taken to the Sign Up form. The form requires a full name, email address, password/confirmation, and an optional year of birth, country, gender, and occupation. After confirming all this, the user will be sent a confirmation email. Once the email activation link has been clicked, the user can sign in and begin exploring I Need Truth.
I Need Truth is currently free, and there’s no sign of that changing in the near future. Users have full access to all aspects of the site, including posting photos, and reviews. The site has no apparent advertising, but as it gains in popularity it is possible that this may change, although this too has not been mentioned.
Anyone who is interested in getting opinions on anything from a picture they’ve taken to a concept. Users currently use I Need Truth to gather information such as what people feel about certain electronic devices as well as information on where to go for good local food.