I’d like to invite you all to beta test my first Adalo project: weekly, a mindful social media app. Share weekly reflections on the important things in your life with the people you love most.
If Christmas cards came more than once a year…
Built to be manageable – read in a morning; only one post, per person, per week
Grounded in mindfulness – no judgement, no likes, no comments, just friends reaching out
Focused on the people you love – see WHO posted, not WHAT was posted
👯♀️ Made with privacy in mind – no searching our users; add friends via your private passphrase
Why I built it
My friends have given up on social media… and if I’m being honest I have too – at least as far as posting. Whether it is the superficiality, the pressure to create high-quality content, the ephemeral demandingness, the privacy violations, or any number of other concerns, my friends and I just don’t seem comfortable in sharing our lives this way. It all makes sense, but ironically, in a world so heavily connected, it often means I find it difficult to keep up with friends.
So, I set out to build a tool to help us keep in touch that avoided these pitfalls. Initially, I thought I’d keep it simple with an email tool – but, as any sales professional can attest, getting a reply is harder than you might think. That’s when I stumbled upon Adalo, and realized that an app with scheduled notifications, might be the perfect solution. With the help of my friends, we built an app that removed the stuff that we didn’t like – the things that cheapened our friendships and made us feel like we couldn’t be ourselves. And, weekly is what we were left with.
Features of the current app
- Write and edit your reflection throughout the week; ready-to-share reflections are automatic shared on Saturday morning via Integromat
- View your friends’ current and previous reflections and track posts read & unread
- Add and remove friends via API autogenerated pass-phrases
- Bookmark and save quotes and friends’ reflections for the future
- Text, call, and email friends directly using the “my community” always up-to-date contact list
- Keep track of your life journey with your personalized weekly journal – make private if you choose
On a technical level, following the beta test, I plan to identify and fix existing bugs, implement push notifications & scheduled notification (hopefully via Adastacks), and push to Test Flight for iOS and Google Play Dev Console for the next round of beta testing.
In terms of features, my plan is to get a sense from users about how they’re using the app and then move forward from there. At the moment though, l’m confident (with our current knowledge) that we could add social mindfulness features (e.g., breathing exercises, guided meditations, curated reading content) and/or tools users could use to learn more about themselves from their posts, such as text-based personality analysis or time-based sentiment tracking. It all just depends on how users decide to use the tool – Adalo is pretty incredible!
I have really appreciated all of the advice and personal help from everyone on the forums and on YouTube. @Victor, @pfordmedia, @karimoo, @theadaloguy, @montetennis, @grid7, @Erik, @Colin, @Ben and so many more – you are all beyond impressive. Truly outstanding problem solvers! If y’all can do the things you can with the current tools, I can’t wait to see what you think up once Adalo has finished putting that new $8M to work! Thanks again for all of your help throughout this first version and first project.
Looking forward to hearing your feedback and thoughts on weekly!