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Product update: recipe guessing game

Shipped our first version of the recipe guessing game this past weekend. We’re pretty excited since we’ve been talking about this game for a while now, and its the first major addition to Knapkins that’s not tied to our voting feature. The game is a good addition to help us carry forward the vision to make recipe discover more fun and social. The next couple of iterations will be to make this more into a social game where our players create their own games and challenge their friends, taking inspiration from Hanging With Friends. So far the response has been great. One player emailed us saying that their “drunk husband loves the game and wants more”. Hehe. Its good to see that we’ve made someone happy. Total dev time around 4 days? Here are some screenshots.

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Product update: points and challenges

After a long delay and living with a half implemented and deactivated points system, we’ve finally pushed out the first iteration. So far, it includes a points system for the actions we want our users to do most, and a few challenges. Just looking at the past few days data since it was pushed, our user engagement has gone up significantly. Let’s see how it does in the next couple weeks.  

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Product update: messaging system added

Last week we added the ability for food bloggers to see who their biggest fans were by vote and by favourited. We also added a ‘send thx’ button (that led to a popup saying feature will be added soon) to see if they were interested in engaging with their fans, and we were happy to see that many of them were. So yesterday, we added a messaging feature to allow our users to interact with each other. We are starting with a blogger initiated message off their fan page, but will be adding it to various spots in the app as well for exchanges that are initiated by the user. Let’s see how this goes. The messaging system only took about a day to build since its a simplified version of the WoC messaging system, and we were able to borrow a lot of the interaction designs from facebook’s messaging system (although the look can definitely use some help).  Here are a couple of screenshots.

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