Over the weekend, I got an email announcing the long-awaited launch of GunUp:
“Thank you for signing up as a pre-launch fan for GunUp.com – the Future of Guns Online.
We are constantly building out features to make GunUp a more useful website for you, our users. We will be adding Sig Sauers next week (sorry to our Sig Fans!) and as well as more photos. We will also be adding more articles from our users, blog network, and industry writers but best of all, stay tuned for our “Win Free Ammo for a Year” Sweepstakes in November. GunUp!
Follow GunUp on Twitter (@gunup) and FaceBook (/gogunup)”
I knew a bit of what to expect since I helped with the beta testing of the site, but I was still anticipating the launch. I was happy when the notification hit my inbox and headed to the site right away. Imagine my surprise when the site didn’t work although social media postings and an email announced that it would! GunUp fixed the small glitch left over from beta testing which made the site ask for a username and password in a popup box when one tried to access it. Finally… I’m in!
I registered and created my profile and began surfing around. Creating my profile was easy, but I was disappointed to find out that if you don’t have a custom URL for your Facebook fan page and you want to enter your fan page on your profile, the link won’t work. I discovered and submitted this bug when the site was in beta testing, but I guess they haven’t gotten around to fixing it yet. Luckily for me, over the weekend the Girls Love Guns Facebook fan page achieved the minimum fan number to receive a custom URL. I was able to go onto GunUp and enter in my custom URL into my profile. Now the link works, but I feel bad for those with smaller fan populations as their links will not work. Hopefully GunUp is working on this issue.
My profile looks cool! I need to get working on a blurb for my bio. I have two badges already. Dan awarded me one badge for participating in the beta testing of the site, but I have no clue what the other one is for. It’s too bad the badge icons aren’t linked to a page describing what the badges are for.
I was a bit disappointed that discussion posts can only be created around specific firearms. What if I have a holster question? Or a carry belt question? Or a concealed carry question? An ammo question? Dan’s goal to make GunUp the go-to place for all things guns is falling short if it restricts discussion surrounding all things gun to things directly related to an exact offering by a gun manufacturer.Hmm.
My final complaint (so far! haha. I’m picky, I know) is that my eMac G4 cannot display the must lusted after GunUp feature GunFinder because my computer cannot handle Microsoft Silverlight. Sigh. I’m going to have to get a new computer soon.