The problem: it’s really tedious and stressful to text a bunch of friends, to see who’s free or has a plan, to coordinate with them, and to update as plans evolve. We’re swimming in a sea of social messaging apps trying to solve this, but nothing has hit the mark yet. As the number of social messaging apps rise, we’re actually becoming more dependent — not less — on texting for social communication. Most people still default to texting because there’s simply nothing better.
Here’s a way to classify some of the best apps today: they let you manipulate the world around you with a few taps. That is, they transform your phone into a magic wand. Here’s what I mean:
My current high score in Dots is nowhere near the global leaderboard (respect to Ben Cherry for going hard in the paint), but it’s high enough (663) to get a few requests a day for a tutorial. Writing one seems like an easy and gentle way to pop my Medium cherry, so here are 3 of my learnings to help up your score and hopefully have you racking up more dots than A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.