When apps won’t give you instant access after signing up…Looking at you Confide!

I love new social media channels, apps and technology. Everything about it gets me excited. With that excitement also comes the expectation that we’ll be able to test it and use it ASAP.

Most startups that launch apps provide access to users during launch. Sometimes their servers crash but they ensure that when someone requests an invite, it’s fulfilled ASAP.  However, there are some apps (for whatever reason) just don’t get that message.  This happened today with the Confide app.  The app is a more professional version of Snapchat, something many users would like to test and even adopt.  Confide doesn’t let you use the app without confirming an email.  That’s normal but after signing up and then requesting the confirmation email again, I still didn’t receive it. As of writing this post, it’s been about 3 hours since I signed up.

The problem with this delayed tactic (again, who knows why there’s a delay. There isn’t anything on their Twitter account), is that users who want to test and share their thoughts don’t get a chance to do so. When creating something new, you want people to use it when they’re most likely to do so. If I open the app and want to use it right away but the app doesn’t let me, what are the chances that I’ll continue to check for the moment when I’ll be able to?  Probably slim.

For the sake of Confide, I hope they figure it out because they are getting media coverage and I’m sure others would like to test it out. I wasn’t a big fan of Snapchat but would love to give Confide a chance.

Have you ever run into issues with an app that wouldn’t give you access right away?  


A New Wave of Useful Apps for iOS


Is it me or are the bigger tech companies finally deciding that it’s worth investing in apps that look good while still very functional? The past two weeks, Google and Yahoo both released apps for the iPhone that are gorgeous, useful, functional and out of the norm for both companies.

Yahoo, as most of us know, is currently going through a complete makeover under Marissa Meyer.  She’s focused on bringing mobile to the forefront, while changing the way consumers view Yahoo apps.  The Weather, Mail (iPad) and Yahoo News apps are all consumer friendly, with a polish that isn’t very Yahoo-like.  I’ve never downloaded a Yahoo app in any of my mobile devices but I open the Weather app every day. Something about the gorgeous Flickr picture in the background with the easy scrolling feature that gives me all the weather information I need before Al Roker has a chance on the Today Show (I watch it every morning and it’s full of ads now).

Google on the other hand, has been pushing out awesome iOS apps the past year, culminating with the Google Maps earlier this year, after the Apple Maps fiasco.  Yesterday, Google released the latest app to take over the iPhone, Google Now, included in Google’s standalone app. It’s a great app that mines your emails and other Google services to provide mini cards with information that you can quickly scroll, while also providing voice recognition commands ala Siri.  I don’t care for the voice recognition software as much (I rarely use Siri) but I think the cards with pre-populated information will become extremely important as more users start to jump on Google apps within iOS. For the sake of every day users, I wish Google would change the name of the app to something different other than just “Google”.

I strongly believe this is the new wave of app development from the bigger companies. Just take a look at what Facebook is doing with Home, and their revamped iOS apps.  More tech companies are investing in the development of these apps but also focusing on the simple functionalities that make them great.  I’m excited to see which other companies are going to be on board to do the same.

Have you downloaded either app yet? Do you consider either one of these next gen apps for iOS?

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