So this is big. As hinted on our social media and via the original JellyChip Version 2 post, we have a brand new Chip to show you. This Chip is unbelievable, it is the coolest thing in the world. So let’s dive straight in.
JellyChip has Chat, it also has Friends, but what are the current things it’s missing as a social network? Photos? News Feed? Groups? Well all of those things, but there is one thing JellyChip should be able to do at the launch of Version 2 – Photos.
In this sense, our users might have thought we would like to copy Facebook or Google+ in the way they have a photo gallery, but I’ve had a long think about this and believe we can do better. I mean, how often nowadays do we take photos on our phones? A lot. Yet how often do we go through our photos and remember all the places we’ve been and things we’ve done? Not much. As our photo libraries grow, our attention span has shrunk and we end up having a large library of photos we don’t reflect on. We don’t care about them. And they just end up serving as data to be mined by our favourite social networks. JellyChip believes different.
Now something interesting has happened. We’ve seen the rise of apps like Snapchat and the like, whose transient and momentary capture of a user’s life has become its cornerstone. Users take snapshots of a moment and send to their friends, and they can share that moment together, and this is rather special. That instant connection with somebody else on a momentary basis makes me feel something special too.
Sure you can have Stories on Snapchat but its the temporary nature of each capture that gives weight and relevance to those moments. Now I like this a lot and think we can take it one step further. Rather than sending random pictures or videos to friends, how about we request those random moments from our friends? What if we asked our friends at any particular moment to send us a picture of what they’re doing? It’s like asking to be the window into somebody’s life if just for a moment, and something I find quite attractive in making a connection.
This is the basis for our new Chip, JellyChip Snaps.
Snaps replaces the Weather Chip in the bottom position of the Chips on JellyChip. This allows you quick and easy access to taking a Snap when required. The Snaps Feed looks a lot like the below image, and it is broken up into Requests (in the top section) and History (in the bottom section). The top section of Snaps are the Requests sent by your friends for you to send them a Snap (or picture) back. If you send them a Snap they will receive 2 points per Snap. The bottom section is the History of a user’s Snaps and will show all interactions that have taken place between you and your friends. This section will also show when a friend has opened a user’s Snap, when a Snap has been sent to a friend, and when you have received a Snap (with 2 points in addition). Of course, at any time you can refuse to take a Snap for a friend, but let’s look at an instance where you want to send a Snap!
So I have clicked the tick button next to a friend’s Snap Request and I am now presented with the bottom screen. I’ve been asked to get my camera ready to take a Snap for Susan and I have 30 mins to send her a Snap. This 30 minute timer is the maximum amount of time JellyChip offers to complete your friend’s request. So let’s go down to it.
I am then presented with a timer to take the Snap. Note, this is best experienced on your phone so check out JellyChip in your mobile browser. Snaps can then use your camera, whether it be on iOS, Android or another platform to take the Snap. Once the image is taken I can then retake it, or add some text to my image, which you can see below. I can then send the image to Susan and hope she likes it.
And that’s the simplicity behind Snaps.
Now I also have the power to Request a Snap from my friends. To do so all I have to do is tap the camera button in the header of the Snaps Feed. This then prompts me with the screen below to request a Snap from my friends. I can press the camera button on the right of my respective choice of friends to request a Snap, and that is it. They will receive a request from me the next time they look at their Snaps Chip. They should receive a notification on the Chip letting them know about this too!
Of course at any time I can look at their Profiles if I am curious about their progress and achievements on JellyChip.
Finally, I can complete my Daily Quest for the Snaps Chip if I click the question mark icon in the header. This will allow me to fullfill the challenge of requesting Snaps from my friends, for 100 points a day! Pretty cool stuff just for sending a request.
Now as you can probably tell, I’m rather excited about the newest Chip in JellyChip. As JellyChip grows and develops it will become more and more like the vibrant social network it deserves to me. From the social interactions to the real time events that will flood through the network, JellyChip will begin to feel alive. This should provide the user ample ways to earn points and it should be fun. I just can’t wait to find my first Requests in the Snaps Chip and see who actually wants to see some fun pictures of me working here!
I can’t wait to show you the new Snaps Chip.