a pippit update... 7 Aug 2014
A couple months ago, I helped to launch a new app called Pippit with Naomi and Josh of Love Taza. We wanted to create a way for people to easily get the latest updates from their favorite blogs while also being able to see blog content mixed with everyday photos and videos as well. Since the launch, we have been working hard to improve bugs and glitches that revealed themselves once there were thousands of users on the app. It was a difficult few weeks soon after launch as we wanted to make sure every concern was heard, and we worked with the programmers to fix things to make the app better as quickly as possible. We truly value the enthusiasm and support of everyone who has joined so far. During the launch, you helped it to become the #1 Paid Lifestyle App as well as the #2 Paid App in all categories!
This week, we've released the newest update of Pippit v1.3 which has dramatic performance enhancements (like being able to "like" something on the home feed with a single tap!) and some new features. Thanks to your feedback, we were able to see what we could make better and how we can create a better experience for you. The biggest update is that the app is now free. When launched, Pippit was intended as a paid app in efforts to charge a small, transparent fee upfront for an ad-free interface instead of a free app that would eventually need revenue in some other form to support itself down the road. But since then, lessons have been learned, and it's been realized that charging the small fee still prevented many people from using the app. And therefore it limited the experience and the ability for those who had joined to follow as many people as possible. We want you to have even more great content to discover and even more people to share experiences with, and making Pippit free is going to help us do that for you.
In addition to being able to have your own blog's feed show on your Pippit feed (and follow other blogs you love there even if you don't have a blog of your own), one of my favorite features still is that you can add "dots" to your photos or videos that allow followers to be able to go directly to the moments or things you're sharing. For example, you can add a dot to reference the exact recipe for a cake in your photo and add a dot to link to where to buy the cake stand. It makes it easy to not only share your experiences but help others go out and experience them as well directly and immediately.
I understand that it might be a bummer to have paid for it and now see it for free. If you paid for Pippit initially and would like a refund in light of the free version, please email email@example.com, and we will take care of that for you. As always please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any technical difficulties or issues.
We hope you'll try out the app if you haven't yet (you can find me under username @ohjoy), and please let me know what you think if you are using it!