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With the new design, we introduced a responsive version of the website that's mobile friendly. It's nice. We can now read, share (and as mods, fight spam!) on the fly :)
However, there are a number of advantages and benefits of building native apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone including push-notifications, checking-into industry events and a much, much better native interface and user experience. Take a look at some of these gorgeous apps for Hacker News.
We'd love to hear your ideas of what could be included in a mobile application for Inbound.org.
Also, just supposing it were to be a paid application, what would make it worth your while to pay? That would really help show what people would value from an Inbound mobile app.
Shout out to Paul Gailey in particular for pressing us on this - he's even put together a video for the team asking us to make an Inbound mobile app!
I've been craving an iOS app version forever! I'd pay up to $3 for it no problem.
I'll be a contrarian here. I'm on mobile devices all the time. No doubt it would be useful for many. However, we have to balance the opportunity cost.
Compared to *other* things we could be doing, how important is a native mobile app? Why not just make the existing website more responsive and mobile-friendly (much easier) and then focus on the most valued new features/functionality?
I will agree with this sentiment Dharmesh. Inbound.org functions well on mobile for me, so the addition of an app is just a luxury upgrade compared to some of the other options. There are some clear benefits as Ed named in his slideshow presentation, but I see way more value coming from time spent investing on other areas.
Definitely a YAY! What about a "suggested for you" feature based on:
1. previously liked articles (based on the category)
2. the type of article shared by the user
3. its interests chosen during the registration process (good old drop-down buttons). Many useful articles in less popular categories are often never seen because don't get to the hot articles section and are pushed to the bottom of the incoming section.
I would say $3 or £2 could be the top price
Essentially a personalization/recommendation engine? That could be interesting. I've been looking at Google's Prediction API for another project so that could be useful here?
Interests during signup would add friction and discount existing members. A pop-up asking you to add your interests would be interesting (hehe...).
However, there's a lot to be said for visiting Inbound to see things you wouldn't see otherwise. The diversity of posts any one user might see could drop... also, I'd imagine the number of submissions each day would have to rise from the 120-130 we have at the moment for this to be really valuable. People with just an interest in advertising might not see much :(Like the idea though...!
Good point. And I must say I didn't know about Google Prediction API...
YES! I've had this idea brewing too. I'm blocked from social media sites at work, including Twitter, so I can't log in to Inbound and contribute/participate/up vote. Luckily, I can still get to inbound itself, but it is frustrating not to be able to really use it.
A mobile app would be awesome, but in addition, a mobile safari plugin would absolutely rock. Similar to Pocket, Buffer, etc, it could submit the page you're currently viewing, possibly with the list of tags/topics to file it under.
You're blocked from "social media" ?!
We've got a Chrome plugin and you can drag the new bookmarklet (in the sidebar if you're looking at this on a desktop/laptop) to your bookmarks in Safari and submit from there :)
Yes, it sucks and is very much like one hand is just tied behind my back. Basically the rule is if it is useful you probably can't get to it (slideshare, etc.). Womp!
Nice, I'll have to check out the plugin. I guess what I meant to say was that I'm on my iPhone all day, and it would be awesome to do more straight from the device.
Especially if you could submit straight from Reeder, just like Pocket does. And in mobile safari, I think it is technically called a "bookmarklet" http://help.getpocket.com/customer/portal/articles/491013-installing-the-pocket-bookmarklet-on-iphone
Got it. We'll see what we can do :)
It's a YAY from me, too! :-)
I like the idea of an app. I have a problem with the current design in that it is often difficult to navigate to the discussion because the link can be pushed to an unclickable position if the domain or category is lengthy. The benefits of an app with customisable push notifications would be significant for me.
I like the idea of a mobile app, but it would have to add some additional value on top of just the service to be a paid app - possibly like Daniel mentioned as a suggestion / recommendation engine. Even if it was not paid though, would be great to have an app to easily check everyday along with reading the general news via Circa.
Definitely Yay. I'll put it right next to AlienBlue so I can have the same interface but switch between my cat memes and my SEO reads without relearning a UI.
Yay, but hopefully free, because I have yet to experience a paid site app that had any real extra value. :/
Yes! Quickwin: a nice icon for shortcuts on ios desktops.
Perfect! was a very nice desktop shortcuts for symbols.
Yes, would love an Android App!
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