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The Kinopio app on iOS now opens fullscreen, and as its own separate app.
To add Kinopio to your home screen, follow the instructions in
About → Apps.
(If you already have the app installed, you'll need to delete it and add it again)
Thinking about moving Kinopio stuff from Are.na to something else (maybe Futureland.tv) .
Are.na is cool as a social networky thing to browser, but It really sucks that it's getting increasingly hostile to use for Kinopio biz stuff:
no support for videos/mp4s (which is what I use to capture WIPs)
gif upload/support is hyper buggy, I'd be okay converting to gifs because it's what I have to do for discourse, but even that doesn't work
really slow. Takes seconds, sometimes 10s to load a page. And it takes a couple page loads to get from the homepage to the channel I want to post into. Very frustrating, and very often felt.
buggy (in safari), opening blocks creates a white background overlay that sometimes doesn't go away and breaks page navigation. This bug has been around for months.
little sense of development progress. Even when I look for it, I can't find a changelog/what's-new for are.na
Feeling dumb about putting an are.na link on the @kinopioClub twitter pinned post which I can't edit ...
Not so deep-down, I know that a wider perspective about where I spend my time is needed to grow Kinopio into a real boy.
Instead of taking the holidays off, I just worked half-days. I wanted to go into the new year bug free, to help mentally justify spending more time on marketing. I'm still working my way there, but now that I've had some time to think, raising awareness is still just one part of the puzzle.
Like a Porsche with a wheel missing, Kinopio is pretty nice but missing an important part of itself.
I've primarily focused on making Kinopio expressive, natural, and fun-feeling to get the thoughts out of your head and get to new places by connecting them and arranging them. I'm happy that this really seems to resonate with people besides me. What I'm still missing is something that keeps you coming back after you've done those things.
The utility of organizing thoughts, feelings, and information makes for a good thinking tool, but a tool that's not a required part of your job needs to do more to pull people back in.
I think this kind of thing may be 'something social', or 'something notification-y'. I have pieces of both, but:
People add cool spaces to Explore ... but other people don't know when to check Explore for new spaces, and I'm not doing much to make creators feel good that their spaces are being seen.
When you share or invite people to spaces, you don't know when something happens in those spaces. You're not actively encouraged to respond to others
Of course, there's socially-manipulative or anxiety-inducing ways to address these issues, so whatever I build should be:
So there are a couple practical reasons to open-source software. Here's why a design/interface-heavy horizontal product isn't a great fit for these reasons:
Share it through forks
While more people knowing about and using Kinopio would be great, Kinopio is also a commercial SaaS product which needs revenue from paying users to keep growing. The open source donations model seems to work best with libraries not end-products. Additionally only technical users will be able to fork and compile code
Volunteer contributors may find bugs and help with development
Again, I think this works better with unix-style do-one-thing style utilities. Software with a smaller surface area is much easier to contribute to. Software which is very design/interface heavy is a bad candidate for community led work, it becomes a lot of stress to respond to well-meaning PRs. e.g. Ruby on Rails (a framework) is open source, but Basecamp (a product) is not.
Not really relevant because I'm currently a 1-person company
For products, I think transparent code is far less important and applicable then being transparent with what I'm working on now, and later, why I'm working on it, what I believe and why I'm doing it. The latter set of communications is also not just limited to coders.
So the number of requests I've had for 1:1 chats has really grown with the success of Kinopio. I love meeting Kinopio users and I don't like ghosting people because I hate when that happens to me – however it's becoming really hard to find the time and mental energy to talk to everyone 1:1. I feel somewhat shitty about that.
So I made this little policy that I'll send to everyone who messages me to chat:
If you have specific questions or feedback, can they be answered asynchronously? I really recommend the Kinopio forum, but if you write things out elsewhere I'd be happy to answer and respond.
If you still want to chat 1:1, can you be specific about what you'd like to discuss? Having an agenda is an invaluable requirement.
Thank you for understanding!