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Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
Bravo! I am all for anything that increases general awareness of the psychologically addictive nature of apps, social media, and games. There's nothing wrong with these apps; it's just important to be mindful when using them.
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Ramsay Brown — CoFounder @ UseDopamine.com
@bleistern Thanks Matthew! That's our feeling too. Your bartender will cut you off if you've had too much. Your girlfriend will have a headache. But Facebook will never tell you 'Not now', and that's problematic. Our brains - and particularly the parts of them that control habits and addictions - didn't evolve to cope with this kind of instant, non-stop gratification. Facebook *is* a tool: it serves a great purpose and we need it in our lives. But we need it in moderation!
Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
Apparently the way this works is that it is intended to replace your native app icon(s) with launcher icons that, when tapped, give you a moment to breathe before actually launching the app.

Clever. I think an illustration of that here would be helpful. Wasn't clear how it worked until after I installed the shortcut.

Anyway, wondering: why not a native app instead of a web app?
Will Dages — Head of DuoBook
@bleistern My best guess is because of 2.5.8 in the iOS App Store Review Guidelines: "Apps that create alternate desktop/home screen environments or simulate multi-app widget experiences will be rejected." https://developer.apple.com/app-...

The web app is a clever workaround! It lets you have as many icons on your home screen as you want, one to replace each app.
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Thomas Dalton Combs — coFounder @ UseDopamine.com
@willdages @bleistern Ya we've been going back and forth with Apple all month trying to find a design they'd be happy with. But about 48 hours ago we decided to rewrite it as a web app and just get it out there. At the moment, it's not 2.5.8 that they're sticking on; it's "3.2.2(i) Creating an interface for displaying third party apps, extensions, or plug-ins similar to the App Store or as a general-interest collection."


The rep from Apple World Wide Developer Relations was not optimistic about our core functionality ever being approved, but we're going to keep working through the appeals process.
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Thomas Dalton Combs — coFounder @ UseDopamine.com
@bleistern Thanks for the feedback Matt. We agree that it's an interaction that most users are not going to be familiar with. We tried to strike a balance between showing/telling the user how Space works, without drowning them in expository. Sounds like we need to do more to make it clear.
Michael Cho — Cofounder, YAM
@tdaltonc @willdages @bleistern Great hustle to quickly turn this into a web app to test things out first! Apple is notorious with its App Store guidelines...have my fair share of "fights" with them.
Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
@michael_cho agree. Commendable hustle guys!
Jason Glaspey — Founder - Factory
@tdaltonc @bleistern Perhaps just have a video of it in action to show people the end result and the way in which you provide "space."
Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
@jasonglaspey yes. Even a GIF. My main question before I downloaded was "how does it work? Is it a meditation app positioned as a social media remedy?" -- Hope that helps.
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