There has been no shortage of people using Glassboard who have asked, “Ok, you’ve got this great app. How are you going to make money?” It’s nice to know that people love the app enough that they WANT to give us money. We like hearing it.
Back in June, Brent Simmons alluded to our soon to exist business model. Now we’re going on the record to let you know that it is about to come to fruition. Here’s the gist:
- In the near future (i.e., the next few months or so, give or take a few weeks), we will be rolling out a premium version of Glassboard. It will have some neat features that include some things we’ve heard a lot of requests for.
- Since this is the way we’ll be bringing in dough, it also means that 1. We will not show ads, and 2. We won’t be selling your data.
- The base version of the app will stay free.
We’re very excited to offer both a free version for everyone to use, and also a very robust, feature-rich version of Glassboard for those who decide they’d like more from the app. It’s win-win!
Got any questions? Want to tell us how you’re using Glassboard? Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
As it turns out, this wasn’t a matter of wanting to assuage any fears consumers might have regarding their data, but because of increased governmental scrutiny. Another thing that probably caused a big spike in privacy policies is the very public missteps taken by Path and Hipster: apps that uploaded your address book into their system without your express permission. Although this eventually blew over, it turned consumers’ attention to whether or not the apps they were using handled their data properly.
What can we do, in the mobile app development community, to give people more confidence? Here is a dead-simple checklist:
2. Make it easy to find.
3. Make it easy to understand.