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Mitchell Porter@_mitchellporter · i build apps @designfirstapps
Thanks again to Robleh for hunting us. Kori originally had an idea for this about a year ago and when he first told me about it I thought it was one of the most unique and cool ideas I had ever heard. We knew we would build it one day, but a few months ago the timing had never felt better with the way everything is going on in the world right now. We thought now was the perfect time to have an open platform where you can speak your mind without the fear of people harassing you. By pixellating your face and modifying your voice, we hope we've given people a tool to express themselves and how they feel like never before. I'm really looking forward to seeing some very interesting discussions happening on this app that we never would have seen before if the person was too scared to have their thoughts attached to their real identity. Super excited to see how you all use Dusk and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback we are always active both on here and on Twitter. Cheers and thanks. PS. This isn't just an iPhone app. It has a unique design for iPad which is awesome, and we even have a tvOS version that you can download for your Apple TV as well.
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Robleh Jama
Hunter
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
I had a chance to try out an earlier version of Dusk and the first thing I thought was Chat Roulette 🙈 but it's actually closer to Secret with a few twists. Firstly, Dusk focuses on video and hides your identity by pixelating the video and masking your voice. And secondly, the content from what I've seen isn't toxic. People are using it to speak about serious and sometimes personal issues. Congrats @koridhandy @_mitchellporter on getting this out! How long did it take you guys to build Dusk and how do you plan on ensuring it's a safe environment to express yourself?
Kori Handy
Maker
@koridhandy · Design Founder @designfirstapps
Thanks for hunting us Robleh! Dusk was a bit of a passion project, the world needs this now more than ever. People need a place to express their true voice and be themselves without prejudice. This was an awesome app to build we had a ton of fun but it was really freaking hard at the same time, I have an amazing team (Mitchell Porter and Allen Hurst). We. built in all the right security features (blocking, muting, reporting and keyword recognition to block certain words) We also curate the feed until the community grows and can take over by self policing. We need this to be a safe place where people feel like they can share anything, happy to answer any questions, and we hope you enjoy Dusk (iPhone,iPad and tvOS)
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Reminds me of @alexroche's RealTalk. Curious how you've seen people use this so far, @koridhandy and @_mitchellporter.
Kori Handy
Maker
@koridhandy · Design Founder @designfirstapps
@rrhoover @alexroche @_mitchellporter it's been really interesting to see people use it, we get lots of people just testing it out and just having fun with the pixelation. We get a bunch of really great people sharing experiences, and its fun to jump in a chat knowing it's completely anonymous. I think this app has the potential to build a really interesting community that will self police and create good content. I would love to see more controversy (news, gossip, relationships..etc) We have some big names using the app, can't say who, and I also don't know their usernames in the app, we can't track anyone, its actually 100% anonymous and we welcome any hackers to try and crack it.
Mitchell Porter
Maker
@_mitchellporter · i build apps @designfirstapps
Thanks again to Robleh for hunting us. Kori originally had an idea for this about a year ago and when he first told me about it I thought it was one of the most unique and cool ideas I had ever heard. We knew we would build it one day, but a few months ago the timing had never felt better with the way everything is going on in the world right now. We thought now was the perfect time to have an open platform where you can speak your mind without the fear of people harassing you. By pixellating your face and modifying your voice, we hope we've given people a tool to express themselves and how they feel like never before. I'm really looking forward to seeing some very interesting discussions happening on this app that we never would have seen before if the person was too scared to have their thoughts attached to their real identity. Super excited to see how you all use Dusk and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback we are always active both on here and on Twitter. Cheers and thanks. PS. This isn't just an iPhone app. It has a unique design for iPad which is awesome, and we even have a tvOS version that you can download for your Apple TV as well.
~joe@glvninpdx · community evangelist @ tilde.town
No doubt an important tool for democracy in the next few years.
Kori Handy
Maker
@koridhandy · Design Founder @designfirstapps
@glvninpdx we hope so, people need a place to talk openly about burning topics that are not socially acceptable on social media.
Mitchell Porter
Maker
@_mitchellporter · i build apps @designfirstapps
@glvninpdx Thanks joe, like Kori said... we're hoping this empowers people and allows them to share thoughts that never would have been shared before.