Whether connecting online or offline, people tailor the information they share to match different contexts. Now, there’s a social app for just that. It’s called – Connections.
Connections is a social platform, with the twist of enabling users to chunk up their social network, and adjust the type of information they share accordingly. Joseph, the founder/lead developer/runner of the “one man show”, explains his idea with an example:
“Think of when you meet someone in a bar, and afterwords you want to maintain the relationship without giving away your number or other personal details. Then, you can just add each other on Connections instead.”
The app allows users to maintain their various “personas”, such as a professional one, a social one and one that’s aimed for family and close friends. With features such as app to app calling and video, Connections also enables users to connect and share details while controlling the information they give away.
Connections is in a post-beta version, and Joseph is now looking to add it to App Store. I thought it was a good time calling him up from Stockholm to New York, where he’s located.
After giving me some insights about Connections, Joseph told me that app to phone calling will be a key component to the app. He has used the Sinch SDK for both that and app to app calling from the very beginning, and he’s planning on adding SMS, and possibly video in time. Joseph started out using the Rebtel SDK, and then moved onto Sinch.
Any issues encountered? When going from 32bit to 64bit, Joseph struggled with the transition, and some calls wouldn’t go through. He turned to Christian, our developer evangelist, for support. It turned out to be an incompatibility issue, and Christian suggested to create new keys.
Joseph also told me he had some issues adding Sinch push notifications, though it really impressed him. “It made life easier.”
Cool, but before you knew that – why Sinch? “Because of the available working samples, the pricing structure, and the ease of use”, he said.
At the moment, the only users of Connections are internal beta testers, but Joseph is planning a pre-launch campaign to the guests of Family Bed and Breakfast within the next 2 months, offering them 30 minutes of free international calling. “70% of the guests are international, so almost everyone’s got a dataplan and a smartphone, but we want to give something for free. If they like the app and use all the minutes – then they can pay.”
He explained that he then could test the app, and understand how users interact with it as well as how the accountancy, the backend management and billing will need to work.
If it was up to Joseph, the coming features added to the Sinch SDK would be APIs on real time user and usage data, and clearer reporting APIs. He is also hoping to see more, and he ended our talk on a very positive note.
“Sinch is just awesome…it really is. The platform is awesome, the people are awesome and the ability to integrate into an application is awesome. It’s really solid!”
We at Sinch are happy as long as our devs are!
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