And thanks for your patience waiting for this second byte bulletin.
We’ve been hard at work over here, getting closer to the first wave every day. Time is torture if you’re waiting, but it’s also what we need to make sure we bake this thing right.
Gotta say, it’s been fun / nerve-wracking seeing all the guessing and predictions for the drop date… as always, we will share what we can as we can. Just know that we’re totally on track for the Spring launch
Now then, let’s just dive in and answer some questions.
Android + iOS:
Despite our screenshots always showing iOS (not intentional), we will launch on both iOS and Android at the same time.
GIFs as icons:
We’re thinking about animating stuff in your profile, but it’s probably not gonna be in v1.
Dark mode / themes:
There’s a difference between app themes and personal profile themes. Right now there’s one theme for the app and it skews darker (as you’ve seen in the screens that have been shared), but there are multiple themes you can choose from for your profile. If you pick a theme for your own profile, it will show up for other people when they look at it.
However, right now we’re thinking that you might also want an option NOT to see everyone’s specific colors. Just an idea in case there are people out there who would prefer to see things more streamlined.
In the future when there’s more than one app theme, it’ll likely be something you change in your settings, not through any kind of dedicated button/toggle. Screen real estate is precious, y’all.
Desktop / computer upload:
We might build it one day, but it’s not currently on the roadmap.
We’re working on a design to help creators mark when their posts are sponsored or in partnership with a brand.
Yes, you will be able to show loop counts if you want. You can also turn them off.
We are still actively working on our Terms of Service, but there a few things we can say about what might happen if you “break” it. If you maliciously break the TOS to make the experience worse for other people, we’ll take action. If it’s not severe, we’ll give one warning. If it is severe, we’ll just ban you. Also, just because something is not explicitly in the TOS, don’t assume it’s ok. If you’re worried or feel weird about something, you should just ask us. Don’t just do it and see what happens.
Warnings on sensitive content:
Although the TOS & Community Guidelines are still in development, we at least know that we won’t allow nudity or graphic violence or gore. The ability to add a warning to “sensitive” or otherwise “NSFW” content is an interesting idea that we’re exploring, but it won’t be a way to work around the basic rules. We’re thinking that there should be a way for people to classify their own content, and then for people to choose what content appears or doesn’t appear in their feed based on those classifications. Still, this probably won’t make it into v1.
We encourage everyone to read up on it and the definition of fair use. One thing we’d just like to add: if it won’t fly on another service, it probably won’t fly here. We’re not going to be some kind of exception to the law. We might be able to expect fewer claims just because of the short nature of our videos…but it’s still tough to say. We’ll have more on this as we get closer to launch.
You’ll have the option to both permanently delete your account and simply deactivate it.
Live streams / videos > 1 min:
No plans right now.
We’re thinking we’ll allow up to 3, but open to feedback once you see it. We’re trying to balance elements in the design and keep profiles from getting too busy.
YES to multiple accounts:
We’re working on an easy way to switch between them, but it might not make it in v1.
We expect the forum to expand once the app goes into beta, and again once it’s released to the public. At least part of it will be dedicated to dealing with issues that people are having on the service (whether they’re creators or not), as well as discussing future features and gathering feedback.
Thanks again for sticking with us!
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