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Game Time Notifications: Solving for last-minute event changes

Here’s a scenario you might be familiar with: You wake up groggy from an all-too-early alarm, hustle to get showered and out the door on time, only to wait forever eventually realizing who you’re meeting with isn’t showing up. It never occurred to you to check your inbox which had some permutation of: “Hey, I’m…Continue readingGame Time Notifications: Solving for last-minute event changes

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“Bot” is a hilariously over-simplified buzzword. Let’s fix that.

The bots are coming. And they will be everywhere, like Facebook Messenger where they’ll be deployed to 900mm+ users. Some will deliver you tacos. Some will go on racist tirades. But here’s the thing: not all bots are created equal. While “bot” is a great over-arching term for a collection of happenings all boiling down…Continue reading“Bot” is a hilariously over-simplified buzzword. Let’s fix that.

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Slack is amazing, but will its success destroy any semblance of work/life balance we have left?

Thinking through remedies for the always-on, always-communicating world. About the author:Hi. I’m Matt Galligan, aproduct design & strategy consultant that previously co-founded three startups: Circa, SimpleGeo, and Socialthing. Author’s Note: This post is now out of date. About five months after I wrote this Slack introduced a Do Not Disturb feature that is in many…Continue readingSlack is amazing, but will its success destroy any semblance of work/life balance we have left?

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There’s a chat for that: Apple’s biggest platform opportunity yet

Update: In the years since I made this post, Apple has since launched Business Chat. While it’s not all that I had outlined in this post, it gets at some of the core thoughts: we don’t need an app for everything. I’m excited to see where Apple takes Business Chat from here. There’s already been…Continue readingThere’s a chat for that:
Apple’s biggest platform opportunity yet

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The right way to ask users to review your app: How Circa News got 90% 5-star ratings

tl;dr: 1) Build a great app, 2) Don’t annoy your users, 3) Ask nicely, don’t begContinue readingThe right way to ask users to review your app: How Circa News got 90% 5-star ratings

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Developers need referral tracking for apps

The top app marketplaces lack any ability for a developer to know exactly where their downloads are coming from — an incredibly important metric. First, I should provide a bit of context: I’m the CEO and co-founder of Circa, a company whose primary product is a mobile news application which can be downloaded from both…Continue readingDevelopers need referral tracking for apps