Over the past few months a number of high profile hacks of social networks (Tinder, Secret, LinkedIn, AFF, Ashley Madison) have taken place which demonstrated how important it is that users be in control of the data they share. We strongly believe that anything you upload to Nearby Live is still yours to do with as you want. To enable our users to better exercise their control we have added a new Privacy Center to the Nearby Live website.
The new Privacy Center allows you to manage:
- who can see and message you
- the data you are sharing
- which devices have access to your account
You can also easily remove some or even all trace of your account data from our servers. Unlike one recently hacked social network (Ashley Madison) we never charge any fee for removing your data.
All of these new features are available now on the Nearby Live website. Some of them have already been added to the mobile apps and eventually they will all be accessible from them.
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Points on Nearby Live have evolved a lot since we first introduced them two years ago. Originally, they were intended to reward users for their activity on Nearby Live and were distributed based on the amount of time spent in the app. We soon realized that we wanted to only reward quality participation, so we made an incentive based system that tried to identify quality posts and distribute points accordingly. We also added the ability to purchase points using real money and this has slowly become a large part of the revenue that supports our operations. Users purchasing points has allowed us to keep from having to add any additional advertising to the mobile apps/website.
Somewhere along the way while evolving our point system, things became a little crazy. Substantial inflation took place and gift prices went from 100 points to 25,000 points. This was confusing for everyone.
We have decided to simplify things. We have made the following changes to how the point system works:
We have modified the value of a point by a factor of 50,000. Here is what that means:
- Everyone’s point totals has been divided by 50,000. We rounded up, so even if you only had 10 points before, we counted it the same as having 50,000.
- We reset the prices for virtual gifts so that most gifts now cost only 1 point. A few gifts costs a few more than that.
- Point packages available for purchasing have also been equally adjusted.
- Featuring posts now costs only 1 point.
We have made or are in the process of making the following additional changes:
- We will re-enable the ability to gift points to other users.
- You no longer earn points when someone props your post.
Hopefully this post will help avoid any confusion caused by these changes. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A growing number of our international users have written us about how they are currently unable to purchase Nearby Live Points or Gold Memberships because our payment processor, PayPal, does not accept payments from their countries. Today we are announcing a solution for these users and others: Bitcoin! You can now purchase Nearby Live Points, subscribe to a Gold Membership, and gift a Gold Membership to another user using Bitcoin. For now, you will need to initiate the transaction from the Nearby Live website, but we will be adding Bitcoin support to the mobile apps shortly.
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.