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AndyDent-Touchgram · 5d ago

Yeah there's some crap. But it is a marketing lesson.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 5d ago

When you're signed in, there's a Submissions item on the menu on the home page, from your avatar.

It takes you to

You can see all your submissions listed and when you look at one, on the top right is a View Feedback link.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 8d ago

Sorry that my tone was more aggressive than normal, am going through some very hard personal things. This is a reminder I need to be careful about posting.

The line operating systems are just interfaces made me think you were talking about porting and also the comment by @joshbrill.

As I see @Masa has now said, there's no reason for the app suppliers to collaborate in this, no advantage to them. So I'm puzzled as to how you would see this working.

Again, my apologies, I'm not usually such an asshole.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 13d ago

You only need to pull off an OS-agnostic layer on top of N-1 OS, if you start with that layer being compatible with one of the candidates.

At the recompiing-source level, that's the approach I've taken many times to porting code between Mac and Windows.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 13d ago

This reads as an incredibly ignorant opinion - what are your technical credentials?

It's a bit like the people saying NFTs will magically enable sharing of game assets across games, without any consideration of the vast difficulties of porting them.

In my 40 year career, probably at least 15 solid years has been spent either on software portability tech or porting apps eg between Mac and Windows. I know how hard the myriad details are from the inside and so, for the sake of non-tech founders, will challenge any opinions that seem mere wishful thinking as does this.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 13d ago

and yet, apart from Tim Draper (with family connections to Holmes), no significant SV investor backed her - it was "stupid money" from other places

Jason Calacanis made a great point about what the prosecutors failed to do - they failed to ask any of the investors who refused to invest in Theranos why they walked away.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 28d ago

It's easy, latest your points will rise, often a place-making amount, is in response to people voting on best comments. That happens at any time, even sometimes on review day, so if you want to benchmark just compare yourself the day before reporting opens - Monday.

Shared by AndyDent-Touchgram · 35d ago · 3 comments
AndyDent-Touchgram · 33d ago

I appreciate the complexity of forcing RealNames on social media, with people vulnerable to predators, abusers, governments. I think it's important to allow pseudonymous behaviour for these reasons.


At the very least, you shouldn't be able to get away with endless phoenixing abuse, re-inventing yourself and moving on.

Consider this - say there was an immutable identity possibly hashing together unique biological markers. (Just because I say immutable doesn't mean it has to be on a blockchain.)

You might be able to have multiple digital identities but all link ultimately back to this RealBeing.

That doesn't necessarily translate to being identified as your real life persona, but it could mean that bad behaviour in one domain haunts you for the rest of your digital life.

Egger's novel The Circle touched a bit on this identity as a background plot point, although mostly being about FB-like abuse.

Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom has a concept of Whuffie which are karmic points that could be affected in such a case. Read it or about it (with spoilers)

Also read his followup essay on the concepts after a decade of seeing reputation economies in action

I'm not sure I have an entirely consistent set of opinions on all these - I can see too many sides of issues.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 33d ago

I don't know if I've correctly characterised this as anonymity - reading my post above, what we have in Touchgram is mostly privacy from the user's viewpoint - we know nothing about them, they are privately communicating with someone who they do know well.

However, for artists, our marketplace will allow them to be anonymous in the sense that there will be no real names requirement.

For payment/contractual reasons, we will have to have some server-side relationship with a legal entity in order to pay the artists, as we convert money back. So the artist can choose to be anonymous to the people buying the work but not necessarily to us.

eg: the anonymity in an internal currency works like this:

1. User -- $$ -> Apple to buy Touchcoins (at some point in the past) anon
2. User downloads items from store - they see whatever identity the artists have chosen
3. User -- Touchcoins --> App (consuming them as a resource) to pay for something from the store, being sent in a message: anon - we know the coins were spent and on what items but not who spent them
4. (Monthly?) Apple -- $$ --> Touchgram Pty Ltd (the company) for the coins bought in 1.
5. (Monthly) Touchgram Pty Ltd -- $$ -> Artist based on sales in 3.

I'm explaining that in detail to show how anonymity/privacy is nuanced even just in the simple case of a user making messages from art someone else sold, with us as the intermediary.

If the artist hasn't linked a real-world identity, then their art stands for itself as a body of work. Someone may judge it based on other pieces, or the attached descriptions, but they can't bring a racial/religious/gender or any other prejudice to bear against the choice of artist.

There's a flipside that if someone uses your art to compose a particularly nasty message, that's something that happens outside your control as an artist and ours as a platform. However, as I was discussing with someone at Apple just this morning - Touchgram's inside Apple's iMessage ecosystem. A message of hate may be built with it but it is only being exchanged between two individuals. This is not broadcasting on social media.

In iMessage itself, you can choose to filter messages from unknown senders or block specific callers.

As a side-note, it's interesting to see the change in wording on that page with the different iOS versions, as an evolution of how concerns change.

- iOS 12 Filter, block, and delete messages on iPhone
- iOS 13 Filter and block messages on iPhone
- iOS 14/15 Block, filter, and report messages on iPhone

AndyDent-Touchgram · 35d ago

Also had a mentoring session last night where my (LA-based marketing/startup guru) confirmed to pick Discord over Reddit.