Windows 8.1 App Released!

We have released a new Nearby Live app for Windows 8.1.  You can download it for free from http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/db8cd727-2baa-494d-9008-1b9b3bd85539.

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Windows Phone App Updated – Nearby

A substantial update to our Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 apps has been released to reflect our recent name change from “WNM Live” to “Nearby”.   We took this opportunity to include some much needed changes in the apps’ appearance and functionality and of course, bug fixes. One of the most prominent changes to the apps is the complete removal of those pesky advertisements!

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We have also made significant changes to the UI and added a New User Wizard to help with account registration:

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These great new updates coupled with a host of bug fixes has resulted in the best version of WN… Nearby yet!

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Introducing ‘Nearby’!

WNM Live is going through some major changes, and you may have noticed a curious new banner at the top of each page on WNMLive.com:

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Today (1/8/14), we are officially releasing WNM Live under its new name “Nearby”. We believe that this change will revitalize our image and more accurately reflect the app’s purpose and style. “Nearby” will provide the same user friendly experience, vibrant community, and freedom of expression that you’ve enjoyed with WNM Live and continue to improve and expand even more as we move forward. Additionally, our logo and app icon have been updated with the “Nearby” brand:

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Followups on this change will be posted As each of the updated apps are released.

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WNM Live iPhone App Update

We have completely overhauled the WNM Live iPhone app to take advantage of the new features and UX in iOS7.  This update is not just the old app with a new UI though.  The app has been completely re-written from the ground up.  It is faster, more user-friendly, less buggy, and we think you will love using it when it is publicly released later this week.  Here are some screenshots:

 

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Social Media: Your Permanent Record

Social media has thus far carried a general understanding of permanency in regards to the content distributed within.  In some respects, this is a great way of record keeping, storing media, and tracking personal developments. However, in this lies an inherent problem: recording, storing, and tracking don’t sound quite so great next to words like permanent, forever, and public.

Finding a happy medium between these polarities is a difficult task for any social network, but not entirely insurmountable. Two weeks from now, WNM Live will be introducing a new aspect to communication by automatically deleting posts that are over 1 week old. The new feature allows content to flow through the stream as the ephemeral glimpses into each other’s lives that they truly are. This attaches less responsibility to the user, allowing them to speak openly, express themselves freely, and post with confidence. WNM Live is about connecting people, and one of the ways we do this is through the freedom of expression. It is important for us to frame our avenues of communication as secure, reliable, and with a relative lack of permanence so we can provide the safety and lack of censorship that is desired for our community.  Adding a shelf life to posts is not a limitation, it’s a feature!

Keep in mind, the structure of WNM Live currently makes it quite difficult to access posts older than 24 hours already. On a mobile device you have to scroll through hundreds of messages, clicking through pages many times before you’d get to content that’s 3 days old or more. By throwing out expired content we allow users to maintain control of what Jeffrey Rosen (Professor of Law at George Washington University) refers to as “The Right to Be Forgotten”. This has become a major movement in privacy rights. Rosen aptly defines the problem in a recent article on StanfordLawReview.org:

“In theory, the right to be forgotten addresses an urgent problem in the digital age: it is very hard to escape your past on the Internet now that every photo, status update, and tweet lives forever in the cloud…[] the intellectual roots of the right to be forgotten can be found in French law, which recognizesle droit à l’oubli—or the “right of oblivion”—a right that allows a convicted criminal who has served his time and been rehabilitated to object to the publication of the facts of his conviction and incarceration. 

The real benefit here is the mindset it encourages users to adopt and the bonus of not worrying about that image you posted doing a keg-stand appearing in Google search results for eternity:

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This is a delicate balance indeed. But without a willingness from staff and community alike to give change a chance, WNM Live couldn’t be what it is today; a vibrant, growing community of innovators.

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WNM Live selected as runner up in Nokia Create NFC Mini Contest

The WNM Live Windows Phone app was selected by Nokia as one of six winners of the NFC category of their Nokia Create Windows Phone contest!  The app was selected based on the Tap4Points NFC functionality in the Windows Phone 8 app.

You can read the announcement and view the entire list of winners on Nokia’s website: http://developer.nokia.com/Blogs/News/blog/2013/10/31/nokia-create-competition-news-winners-deadlines-and-announcements/

 

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