Friending the App Store

How we discover games and apps is broken, hitting indie developers hardest. Here’s one way to fix it.

Andy Baio
Andy Baio
Jun 19, 2014 · 5 min read
https://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/465179912530182144

What worked for 500 apps in 2008 doesn’t work for 1.2 million in 2014.

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iOS App Store: Then and Now


Getting Social

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Mockup: Finding friends from Twitter. Apologies to Foursquare.

Find Friends

Public Profiles

Discovery

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Mockup: Timeline of recent activity from people you follow
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Mockup: Trending recommendations and new app releases as iOS push notifications from Apple

https://twitter.com/Vectorpark/status/479684862526251008

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection.

Thanks to Rex Sorgatz and Anil Dash

Andy Baio

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Andy Baio

I make web stuff. @waxy, @xoxo, @upcomingorg, @playfic, @supercutorg, Kind of Bloop. Helped build @kickstarter. P.S. I love you.

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

Andy Baio

Written by

Andy Baio

I make web stuff. @waxy, @xoxo, @upcomingorg, @playfic, @supercutorg, Kind of Bloop. Helped build @kickstarter. P.S. I love you.

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

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