SLOWLY

Make pen pals from your smartphone

Available today, the new pen pal app ‘SLOWLY’ lets users write and receive letters from anywhere in the world. In the era of instant messaging, we hope to provide a platform and connect users who want to share their passion at a slower, but better pace – one letter at a time.

Please enjoy!

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Kevin Wong
Maker
Founder at SLOWLY
Hello Hunters! Available today, the new pen pal app ‘SLOWLY’ lets users write and receive letters from anywhere in the world. In the era of instant messaging, we hope to provide a platform and connect users who want to share their passion at a slower, but better pace – one letter at a time. Please enjoy!
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Tristan Isham
#I'mStessed
@kevin_wong1 Love the app! Well designed, beautifully eloquent. Could I write about it for my site? (https://theannotation.com)? Despite that, I really do agree with the idea of slow communication. In this fast paced world it's extremely nice to be able to just slow down... and make conversations worth it again. Also: You may want to touch this up ;) : https://goo.gl/photos/r9XPnhAVRH...
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Kevin Wong
Maker
Founder at SLOWLY
Thanks for the screen cap @tristanisham ! I am working on a minor version upgrade hopefully releasing in a day, please stay tuned! And yes, please feel free to review and share, it's my pleasure!
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Zev LapinCofounder, Parachute.co
@kevin_wong1 @tristanisham did you do the design work?
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Kevin Wong
Maker
Founder at SLOWLY
@bbzeven Hi Zev, yes.
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@kevin_wong1 Diverse avatars perhaps?
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Anna Filou
Tech Geek, Web Designer, Illustrator

I love Slowly, been obsessed with it for the past couple of weeks since I discovered it in the Play Store. A great experience overall but here are my issues:

(1) even though most users seem to be eager to have a deeper conversation, some of them just type "hey, do you wanna be friends?" which is pretty annoying. The app even warns the user if they try to send a very short letter but I think that maybe it should not be allowed at all.

(2) there's an option in auto-match to only message users that have been online in the past few days. That's great for the ones sending the letters but I get so many letters per day that I get overwhelmed and can't reply to all of them the way I should. For that reason I turned auto-match off but that's not ideal because I like it. I wish there was a way to set an auto-match acceptance limit, like "1 per day" and same for letters from people you haven't written with yet.

(3) very small selection of avatars. I keep confusing some of my penpals for each other because they have the same avatar and write similarly/come from the same country. I think it wouldn't be an issue if there were more avatars to choose from (I love the fact you cannot use a photo though)

(4) I wish I could preview exactly what my profile looks like to others. Small thing but still :)

I can't think of anything else at the moment.

Let me repeat that I LOVE THIS APP, I just think it could be even better ⭐

Pros:

engaging, fantastic UI, cute illustrations, generally positive community, rewarding experience

Cons:

can't see exactly what your profile looks like to other users, no limit on how many letters /day from strangers you can accept, few avatars

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Jake Frey
Founder @ Neue Store
This is really cool. Can I feature on neuestore.com ?
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Kevin Wong
Maker
Founder at SLOWLY
@frey Please do! It's my pleasure 🙏
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Dylan Marriott
Software Engineer
Such a lovely idea. Now I just have to wait two days and hope my pen pal in Australia will reply :) Congrats to Kevin for building such a great app!
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Kevin Wong
Maker
Founder at SLOWLY
@dylan36032 Thank you very much! Almost cried when reading your comment. ; )
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Steve Messer
Product Manager, GOV.UK Pay
I've long regretted not keeping in touch with pen pals, as the art of letter-writing and slow thought has been fading in recent years. You've wonderfully captured the joyful moments of having a pen pal in these features; letters taking longer to arrive based on their location is really clever!
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Kevin Wong
Maker
Founder at SLOWLY
@stevenjmesser Thanks Steve!
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