It’s our two week birthday and I want to share a few things we’re thinking about.
Content Discovery & Algorithms
We are working very hard on a new algorithm to live alongside the following feed. This is our single biggest focus as a team at the moment.
For viewers, it will:
- Recommend you fresh content almost every time
- Learn about your tastes and gets better at recommending the more you use it
- Help you find creators you love
For creators, it will:
- Allow you to build an audience if you consistently make good content
- Place less emphasis on recency and reward all of your content
- Reduce the emphasis on trending in Explore sections
We are still working on this algorithm but hope to begin testing it in the next few weeks. This will be the first version and we anticipate that we’ll continue to improve it forever.
(By the way, that “less emphasis on recency” part is really important and includes any content you’re making now!)
Features & Improvements
There have been a ton of great suggestions for the app. Here’s a few things we’ll be adding over the next few weeks:
- Follower/following counts you can toggle on and off in your profile
- More profile customization
- Grid view
- Shareable profile pages on the web
- Stereo audio on bytes
- Self timer
- Letting you open bytes from the web in the app
- Better error handling
- Lots of bug fixes
We have some really big features we’re starting to work on as well. As always, let us know what you’d like to see.
We love rebytes but we agree with your feedback that they are being misused in certain cases. We’ll be making some changes to them soon. Specifically, we’ll be adding functionality that adjusts the rate at which rebytes go out to large groups of followers. We are also experimenting with where rebytes appear in your feed to ensure that you see more bytes from the people you follow first.
Thank you so much for the wonderful reception to our partner program (and ad) announcement. We’re working on a follow-up post to address some open questions and are getting the pieces into place to kick things off. Stay tuned for more on this soon.
How we’re doing
Honestly, we’re doing awesome. Despite the usual comedown that follows big launches, we’re 50x more active than we were a few weeks ago, the content is finding a voice, and the app is starting to show signs of real stickiness. We’re really excited to keep making it better.
We’d like to do a “live bulletin” with the community where we can answer some questions in a way that’s a little more dynamic than a forum. Maybe voice or video? We will figure out the exact format and share details.
That’s all for now! As always, thank you for being here with us. It means everything to us.
Dom + Team Byte