Slash Keyboard

A smart iOS keyboard for sharing contacts, GIFs, videos, & more

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Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
Simple type "/contacts" to share contacts from your phone, "/gifs" to send a (you guessed it) GIF, and more. Really cool concept, especially when switching apps to find and share these things on the iPhone is inefficient.

Side note: Custom keyboards, introduced in iOS 8, are like mini apps that can be used inside of other apps. This opens up several possibilities but Apple's execution is a bit disappointing. It's cumbersome to switch keyboards, especially if you have 3 or more installed.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@rrhoover Ryan thank you for posting @slashkeyboard, you rock! Looking forward to hear your feedback :)
Ouriel Ohayon — appsfire, CEO/ isai (VC) co-founder
@rrhoover yup. Apple 3rd party keyboard integration is broken. it is really frustrating. this one reminds me of @thingthing
Michael ★ Galpert — loves you
@rrhoover been testing for awhile and its pretty rad; as u mentioned apple still hasnt figured out how to make the experience smooth and therefore i find myself using it less.
Chris Messina ✁_____ — Developer Experience Lead at @Uber
Slash commands should be standardized. From Slack to Mixmax, the command line is showing up in more and more text-entry apps... To train users to be more powerful, the commands should work similarly between apps. IMHO.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@chrismessina thats a really good point Chris. We will definitely look into that asap. Thank you, great recommendation.
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nick barr — exploring!
@chrismessina Would love to explore this idea further. To some extent we've seen that with the command line, eg., I have a pretty good expectation of what /me will do no matter what client I'm using. Gets a bit trickier when we think about the new wave of / commands, which in our case often involves company APIs on the other end. But agree: the more "/" becomes a consistent unit of meaning across products, the better. We've seen it with #, @. / is next
Kimberly Wolfson — talech mPOS Sales | CRM Strategist
@chrismessina Never heard of MixMax. I already use Slack. Is it similar? I'll check it out.
Chris Messina ✁_____ — Developer Experience Lead at @Uber
@khw77 nope, totally different. Mixmax is a plugin for Inbox/Gmail.
Kimberly Wolfson — talech mPOS Sales | CRM Strategist
@chrismessina Cool. I'll check it out.
adam leibsohn — COO @ GIPHY
tried a LOT of keyboards. way too many in fact. slash is far and away the strongest with applications to much larger than *just* a keyboard. and it's the slickest (and first) integration of Giphy for Keyboard i've seen.

great job to the slash team!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@adamcl thanks man! we love @giphy team and all your support. can't wait to take it to the next level ;)
Jack Shalom — CEO, Giffage
@adamcl Giffage is an extremely strong (and incredibly designed) keyboard with Giphy integration in my opinion. Slash is cool in that it uses different integrations like Slack
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nick barr — exploring!
Hi all! Thanks for your awesome support and feedback. We built Slash Keyboard because finding and sharing things on mobile is really hard. The App landscape means downloading a bunch of apps that each have their own take on search, and usually don't do a great job of talking to each other.

We realized the keyboard is really the only thing that sits perfectly between the OS and every app. It's the interface for expressing intentions. It's basically the perfect place to build a search engine.

We hope you enjoy the Slashes we've built so far, and would love to hear your requests for what to build next. And as you poke around, we hope you start to uncover the intention engine that's the core of our product. Talk about coffee, or say "I'm at," or do math... and you'll see the real magic of Slash. We're building an inline intelligence that supercharges our everyday conversations.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@nsbarr "Wanna grab drinks?" ;)
Robleh Jama — Founder, Tiny Hearts studio
@cemkozinoglu @nsbarr Congrats on the launch guys! Making a great keyboard isn't easy. 👊🏾
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@robjama Thanks man, you guys rock love next keyboard.
Josh Barkin — Maker
@nsbarr Since you asked for requests, we'd like to integrate NewsGIF with Slash. NewsGIFs are already great conversation pieces, but a news feed built right into a keyboard makes a lot sense to us. I like your implementation a lot.
Jason Stein — Co-founder, imoji
Slash Keyboard is awesome! I've been testing it out now for a while in beta and love the design. It's amazing to have quick access to so many different utilities, location services and content types for sharing (all from one keyboard). Great work @cemkozinoglu and @nsbarr - I'm using this as my default keyboard from now on :)
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@thejasonstein love your comment! Amazing to work with iMoji team, and thank you guys for all the support!! :)
Laurent Desserrey — Design at Tribe, Snapchatters, Leak
This is currently the best tool you'll find to share medias (like a Spotify song) on mobile. We all know that you can't copy/paste a URL on mobile devices like you do on Desktop. But @rrhoover is right, it's cumbersone to switch keyboards.. Anyway, congrats @cemkozinoglu!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@ldesserrey Thanks Laurent, we are working really hard to make the best experience when it comes to sharing directly within your keyboard. Did you get a chance to try things like "Hey let's grab coffee?" or "I am hungry" -- love to have your feedback on that.
Phillip Yang — Partnerships - STKR.us
Yet another great product featured on Product Hunt! Downloading now and can't wait to test it out. Cool stuff.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@geeky_yang Love to hear your feedback Phillip once you test it out!
Todd Saunders — CEO @ adHawk
This has a lot of potential. Would love it to be integrated into my calendar as well
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@toddsaunders Calendars & Pictures next :)
Christian Montoya — Founder, Montoya Industries
Been looking forward to this one, excellent work guys!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@decktonic Thanks, Christian! please forward us any feedback, thanks for the support!
Giordano Contestabile — CEO, Bloglovin'
I've been using this for the last couple of weeks in beta, and it's the best 3rd party service integration I've seen in a keyboard so far! UX is really simple, and I'm particularly liking the /contacts, /maps and /giphy commands for daily usage. I just wish Apple made it easier to install 3rd party keyboards
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@giordanobc Gio! thanks for the love, can't wait to have /blogloving soon :)
Ⓜatt hartman — seed investments, betaworks
I've been testing Slash keyboard for a while and it's amazing to see it improve. Capturing intent in a command line interface is extremely useful -- getting nudges during regular keyboard use starts to feel almost like having autocorrect running in the background. Awesome work @cemkozinoglu and @nsbarr!
jonathan — Maker / Founder @kittyhawkio
Really well done. Did your use SF font?

My favorite feature so far is that fucking is suggested instead of autocorrrected away. (Apple seems to prefer an ultra PC keyboard)
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@hegranes hey hey, thanks! :) yeah autocorrect is an ongoing iterative deal. We will be improving it a ton in next iterations . We used Avenir Next.
Phillip Yang — Partnerships - STKR.us
@cemkozinoglu - I love it so far! It's smooth, simple, and easy to use. I've been sharing it with colleagues as well! Also, great TNW article : http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/... - congratulations!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@geeky_yang Thanks Phillip, just read the article, love it! :) Let us know if you have any feedback, love to hear your experience in more detail. hello@tapslash.com
Walter Chen — founder, iDoneThis
amazing, @nsbarr!

now we just need to get you back on the soccer field :)
Andrew Mager ♫ — Moving people with code at Postmates.
I've been waiting for an app like this. Great work guys!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@mager thanks, Andrew!
Brian Clark — Co Founder, HDP Health
This keyboard is amazing! Been using it as a beta tester for months now and I use it almost every day for some reason or another to send info to a friend!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@blaurenceclark thanks for everything! beta testing, helping with marketing. your rock!
Kelly Kuhn-Wallace — Growth Marketing & Sales Consultant
Installed Slash late last night and have been using it all day. It's a thing of beauty, people. Can't wait until the API is released and it's connected to all of the things!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@kkdub Kelly, thank you for the beautiful feedback! we can't wait to open our API's for 3rd party integrations to bring more services in.
Misbah Ashraf — Product Growth @exacly_me
@kkdub It is one of the most beautiful designed keyboard, I have seen in long time. Isn't?
Jasper Sone — Co-Founder Etch
cool product, did you guys draw any inspiration from other keyboards?
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@jaspersone sure we did. Love what you guys are doing, strong team and I first hand know how hard it is to build keyboards. Looking forward to meet at some point and chat around our experiences. Rock on.
Andrew Love — Tinkerer, armchair philosopher, futurist
I love the concept, but I'm still a bit iffy on giving 3rd party keyboards unfettered access to everything I type. Can you give any insight into how @slashkeyboard works, and how my privacy is being protected?
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@andrewtlove Hey Andrew, great question. Our prediction engine works locally and under 20ms. We don't send your keystrokes to our servers. Only thing that hits to our servers are your search queries so we can surface you with results from the service /slash command you picked. here is a blog post on more details around what we do and how we do; https://medium.com/slash-keyboar...
Christian Arca — Product Manager, Etsy
Fantastic work @nsbarr and @cemkozinoglu. This has already become my default keyboard.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@chrisa9 can't wait to do /etsy ;) @nsbarr got this :)
Eric Anderson — UX Engineer at Keen IO
This looks incredibly interesting. Really excited to use this all week and see how it goes. I've always wondered when we were going to move beyond having to switch between apps just to copy and paste links to content. Great work!
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@theericanderson thanks, Eric. We are big fans of Keen IO by the way, great job there! Looking forward to hear more feedback! you can drop us a line at hello@tapslash.com
Serkan Ünsal — cofounder of startups.watch
congratulations Cem, it looks great.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@serkanunsal thank man, product of hard team work :) /slash
Paul Watson — Former CTO @Storyful
The obvious question is when will Slash have an SDK so we can do our own / commands? e.g. Slack :-D Really like this keyboard, just wish iOS didn't bottle the switching.
Paul Watson — Former CTO @Storyful
@paulmwatson Also meant to say one really useful / would be a better Twitter account finder. The @ auto-suggest in the Twitter app is pretty crap if you don't know the name/handle exactly. Search bio, recency, engagers, partial name matches etc.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@paulmwatson yup custom slashes and api on its way ;)
James Koole — Product Manager, Hover.com
I so want to use these 3rd party keyboards, but the implementation on iOS is so badly flawed and broken that it makes it impossible for them to feel native. No fault of awesome devs who are building great keyboards...Apple just doesn't seem to care enough to take this from 80% and make it usable. Shame really.
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Cem Kozinoglu — CEO/Founder @SlashKeyboard
@jameskoole I am sure very near future, Apple 3rd party keyboard support will catch up with the expectations. I agree, It is very tricky, frustrating, and makes things very hard for us BUT... every limitation comes with an advantage. The same very limitation led us here, and makes us even more determined to deliver A+ product. Hope didn't sound political, but it is the reality.
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