This article is to clarify some questions and comments regarding the app’s release — we had planned to release Thurst early in April, and ran into some critical issues that prevented us from publishing in various app stores.
After a careful evaluation, we decided to take our time to fix each bug and error so that not only would the beta be as good as it could be, given our own personal deadlines and expectations, but that it would be a base line future growth and the introduction of new concepts that will change the way we interact and view each other.
That being said, this beta version will be very simple in design and function. In the coming months and years, we will progress and into evolve into our original, full vision of Thurst. We, as creators, are balancing the desire to take the time to create a new platform that fits all of our most intimate and carefully considered needs while understanding that we exist in a capitalist consumerist space and we have to release sooner than later to guarantee this app’s future existence and social relevancy.
It is important to note that we will constantly be working on making Thurst more secure and more safe. Levels of safety and security are difficult to quantify before the release but we aim to dissolve the distance between us as creators and the folks using the app so that you, as the user, can always know that we prioritize this above all else. If you encounter a situation or person that makes you feel unsafe, for any reason, we would like to hear about it. Also, if you have an idea for a function that would make Thurst more accessible to you as a user, please contact us.
As we plan for a release on both Google Play and Apple stores, we are aware of the very real responsibility we have to you, as both users and community members. We do not take your safety, sense of security, and trust lightly. We are community funded and currently don’t depend on resources from other larger companies and institutions — that has a direct affect on our capacity yet allows us to protect our core of integrity. As we grow, we will maintain our core ideals.
We would like to thank you all for your continued support. We know that you are as excited to be apart of a digital space that challenges hetero-normative ideas on interaction, dating, and intimacy as we are to create such space.
Lastly, we sincerely apologize for the delayed and staggered communication. As we work and process changes, we are often not publishing updates as much as we could. If you have a concern or question, as always, send us an email at email@example.com or directly to our CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post a follow-up announcement when Thurst has actually released to avoid confusion. Please know that we are listening and doing the best we can given our limited capacity as marginalized developers and creators.
❤ , The Thurst Team