Today I submitted a new version of Slync App to the App Store for approval. Version 1.2.2 is probably the most exciting version to date. You are going to love it! In fact, it’s so awesome, I want to take the time to talk about it.
First of all, it solves a pretty interesting problem we thought was solved in the initial release. A bit of introduction won’t hurt. We knew from the beginning that having people “slync” items while shopping would be problematic. People don’t have the time to edit and post their pictures on the spot. We added the “Save This Location” feature. It allowed users to check-in / save the location and then use that location at home to post their cool finds. I made it as simple as possible and as accessible as possible. However, there was this little-big problem – users had to open the app at the store to check-in even if they weren’t posting something at that time. It felt a bit off since I always believed that the good app is the one that gets out of the way and simplifies people’s life.
Continue reading “Week Three & Slync Version 1.2.2”
Slync app has been out for a week now and it would be nice to take a few moments and reflect on the app.
First of all, I am very thankful to all of our users who signed up. The number of people who signed up is very encouraging. The number of our users is increasing every day. We have more users than posts at this point, much more. Even got some requests from cities from around the US to add Slync support for their city… very cool indeed. This validates the need for the app while it also suggest that what I thought was important in terms of features was a miss in certain cases (see “more users than posts” remark).
Thankful to everyone who took the time to contact us with feature suggestions, kind words, and critique. I’ve read every single one of user’s emails. Ideas and suggestions are valuable and will be considered for future updates.
Continue reading “Slync App – Week One”
This is an entry from my personal journal that reveals a typical week working on Slync app.
Today is the day Apple approved Slync 1.0 which is more like 18.104.22.168. The app was rejected 2 times before it finally got approved.
First time was dues to Facebook login not working. Although the problem was with Parse, I had to rethink the whole “Facebook only” login. So that week I spent implementing registration by email. It was a safety net just in case Facebook login doesn’t work again I would remove it all together. Implementing “email registration” led me to adding a feature that would allow people explore Slync before they register. So as you can see, the first rejection served us really well… definitely beneficial for our customers.
I also added search, properly implemented search I might add. The first way would download 100 closest items and then search in those for what the user was interested in. The new search had the server do the query for closest items + the keyword only and then download images relevant to the search.
Continue reading “When Working on Slync App…”