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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WNM Live v1.27 for Windows Phone 7 & 8

We have just finished development on WNM Live version 1.27 and submitted it to Microsoft for certification for the Windows Phone Store!  This update is a major one and contains an entirely new user interface and navigation structure, as well as a number of new features.  Here is a summary of what you can expect in this new version:

Main Menu

The new main menu slides out from the left of the screen, much like the recently updated Facebook app.

All navigation to the various screens in the app now starts from a universal main menu which slides out from the left of any screen.   This is familiar to anybody who has tried the new Facebook app for Windows Phone.  This menu gives you quick access to the People, Conversations, World Stream, Watch List, and Settings screens.  It also allows you to quickly navigate to any groups that you belong to.  Your profile and a summary of your points are also just a tap away.  A red circle with a number appears on the Conversations and Watch List menu items to indicate the presence of new messages or comments, respectively.  A similar red circle appears on any groups which have new posts in them you haven’t yet seen.

Top Bar

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At the top of every screen, just below the system tray, we have added a new Top Bar.  From left-to-right, this top bar contains:

  • Main Menu Button – Offers a second way to open the slide-out main menu (the first way being sliding from the left of the phone’s screen).
  • Page Title – The page title appears in the top bar.  In some instances (such as in the Conversation page, the title is clickable)
  • Group Posts Button – Shows you the number of your groups which have new posts you have yet to read.  Clicking it takes you to the first of such groups.
  • Watched Post Comments – Shows you the number of watched posts which have received new comments.  Clicking it takes you to your Watch List.
  • New Messages Button – Shows you the number of unread messages you have waiting.  Clicking it takes you either to the updated conversation or your conversation list.

Pivot Top Bar

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To maximize the amount of real estate available for content, we have moved the title of the pivots into the top bar.  You can still switch between pivot views by swiping left or right, but you can also now switch by tapping the left or right side of the title in the top bar.  Here is an example:

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View Post

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A number of changes were also made to the screen for viewing a post’s comments.  The ‘WATCH’ button has been replaced with a icon in the bottom App Bar which toggles between watching and not watching the post.  A new “thumbs-up” icon has been added which displays the number of props a post has received.  Tapping on the icon will allow you to prop the post yourself.  By clicking the three dots in the bottom app bar, you can now select a new menu item for deleting the post or for featuring the post.  Finally, you can tap and hold on any comment you wrote to be given a menu which allows for you to delete your comment.

Facebook Login

On Windows Phone 8, we have redesigned how Facebook login works so that you do not have to re-enter your Facebook username and password if you have ever logged into Facebook from your phone’s web browser before.

Other Changes

A lot of other changes are also included in this release.  Here are some of the other changes you might be most interested in:

  • Activity Stream (on the view profile screen) now is infinite scrollable, meaning you can go back through history all the way until the user joined WNM Live!
  • Gold memberships (discussed in a previous blog post)
  • View profile screen now has an easy way to un-follow a user in the bottom app bar.
  • Profile ranking and other badges now appear next to profile name on the People screen.
  • Screen orientation lock added to the app settings
  • Better point purchasing user interface (doesn’t just open the WNM Live website in your phone’s browser now)
  • Overall settings re-organization to make it easier to navigate the various settings and options
  • Performance enhancements
  • Many, many bug fixes

Conclusion

As you have just read, this update is a major one for WNM Live on Windows Phone and brings a lot of change.  We want to hear your feedback on everything and will be releasing smaller updates in response to what we hear.  Please do not hesitate to message us, comment here, email support@wnmlive.com, or write on our Facebook page/twitter with your thoughts, suggestions, or criticisms.

This update should be available within a few days from the Windows Phone store.  In the meantime, if you have a developer unlocked phone, you can side-load this version by downloading the XAP files:

Windows Phone 7: http://synergetech.blob.core.windows.net/public-files/WNM-LIVE-WP71.xap

Windows Phone 8: http://synergetech.blob.core.windows.net/public-files/WNM-LIVE-WP8.xap

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