Saturday, August 16, 2008 AppStore Launch Experience

It's been an interesting 12 hours with the launch of the application in the AppStore. First, we want to thank everyone who's been using our free application that upgraded to the native application. You're helping to support our site and you're getting an ad-free application. Thank you!

I also want to thank those of you who took the time to login to iTunes and give us a positive review. It's great to see reviews that compliment how well the application works. We worked really hard to not release a buggy mess. Thanks again!

Of course, like many AppStore applications, our star rating is being skewed by people who felt obliged to give us 1-star without even installing/using application. As of this morning, there were 19 such reviews. Yes, that's more than half of the "reviews". Unfortunately, it's just a common problem in the AppStore where seemingly any useful application takes hits like this. On the plus side, buyers are savvy enough to see through those comments.

We will continue to offer a web-based application XBOX Live Friends application supported by advertising and purchases of T-shirts, etc. As stated before, that web application is not going away.

Our AppStore application goals have always been directed towards offering the best possible experience. From the actual reviews, it looks like we nailed that. We're already working on first set of real updates for v1.5. Thank you all for your support!

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