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Pippit App

Pippit App

A couple months ago, I helped to launch a new app called Pippit with Naomi and Josh of Love Taza. We wanted to create a way for people to easily get the latest updates from their favorite blogs while also being able to see blog content mixed with everyday photos and videos as well. Since the launch, we have been working hard to improve bugs and glitches that revealed themselves once there were thousands of users on the app. It was a difficult few weeks soon after launch as we wanted to make sure every concern was heard, and we worked with the programmers to fix things to make the app better as quickly as possible. We truly value the enthusiasm and support of everyone who has joined so far. During the launch, you helped it to become the #1 Paid Lifestyle App as well as the #2 Paid App in all categories!

Pippit App

This week, we've released the newest update of Pippit v1.3 which has dramatic performance enhancements (like being able to "like" something on the home feed with a single tap!) and some new features. Thanks to your feedback, we were able to see what we could make better and how we can create a better experience for you. The biggest update is that the app is now free. When launched, Pippit was intended as a paid app in efforts to charge a small, transparent fee upfront for an ad-free interface instead of a free app that would eventually need revenue in some other form to support itself down the road. But since then, lessons have been learned, and it's been realized that charging the small fee still prevented many people from using the app. And therefore it limited the experience and the ability for those who had joined to follow as many people as possible. We want you to have even more great content to discover and even more people to share experiences with, and making Pippit free is going to help us do that for you. 

Pippit App

In addition to being able to have your own blog's feed show on your Pippit feed (and follow other blogs you love there even if you don't have a blog of your own), one of my favorite features still is that you can add "dots" to your photos or videos that allow followers to be able to go directly to the moments or things you're sharing. For example, you can add a dot to reference the exact recipe for a cake in your photo and add a dot to link to where to buy the cake stand. It makes it easy to not only share your experiences but help others go out and experience them as well directly and immediately.

I understand that it might be a bummer to have paid for it and now see it for free. If you paid for Pippit initially and would like a refund in light of the free version, please email [email protected], and we will take care of that for you. As always please feel free to email [email protected] with any technical difficulties or issues. 

If you haven't tried it yet, you can download Pippit in the App Store now through your iPhone! (And yes, it's only on iPhone for now).

We hope you'll try out the app if you haven't yet (you can find me under username @ohjoy), and please let me know what you think if you are using it! 

26 comments

  1. As a blogger, I’m really curious about the ability to edit/add dots to pictures that have been automatically uploaded with my blog posts. It would be great to be able to add info to the pic in case people don’t want to jump to the entire post to get the details. Maybe there’s a way to do this already and I just haven’t figured it out yet? Anyone know?
    Either way, the app is great! I’m glad to hear it’s now free which will attract more people for sure!
    -Megan

  2. I’m SO intrigued by Pippit…but still have so many questions as it’s a big confusing! One big thing I’m unclear on: If you’re a blogger and people view your blog through Pippit, do you still get the traffic on your own blog? Or do you sacrifice those uniques/page views/etc?

  3. Hi Alexia,
    You can download it on the iPad now. Its not formatted for the iPad, but its definitely usable on there.
    Best!
    Joy

  4. Hi Yuko,
    Pippit is in fact available on iPad right now, you just have to search for it on your iPad under iPhone AND iPad apps.
    Thanks!
    Joy

  5. Hi Alyssa,
    Yes, you get the traffic.The blogger still gets the page views once people click out of the preview to read more! Its a great way to remind people that you have a new blog post and easily takes them over to the posts permalink. 😉
    Joy

  6. I love the idea of this app and have been using it since it’s launched. I have been feeling a bit isolated, though, since I haven’t gotten much interaction from the other users. I hope this move will bring in more people and this app truly utilizes its awesome potential!

  7. I’ll admit that I hesitated when it was a paid app because I wasn’t sure what it was all about, so this gives me the opportunity to try it out! Thanks Joy!

  8. This looks great! I will definitely use it when its on Android! Get working on the Android version! I want do download it now! Sounds so perfect!

  9. For some reason I can’t get it to add your blog. Honestly, I love your work but I just tried using pippit and it seems way to complicated… rss, url.. I don’t know how to find the “right” one and honestly I gave up after a few minutes. Any suggestions?

  10. Hi Grace,
    The part where you can add a RSS feed is if you have your own blog feed you want to share with your own followers. If you want to follow mine, you just have to find me @ohjoy and youll see it. No need to add any URLS to follow people. Hope that helps!
    Joy

  11. Hello! I was wondering if there is a ‘star’ pippit user to follow to understand the best way to be using the app. Your feed just seems to be the blog posts – maybe I don’t know how to show the dots on photos? I would love to see an example of the dots in use!

  12. I have been using it since it was released but need to spend a little more time with it to figure out all its capabilities but in general I like it. For browsing my fav blogs on my phone, I think its the best app I have for that.
    Great work on addressing all the glitches, I work for a company that develops websites and apps and a project like Pippit, that is created for the general public, will inevitably require some tweaking post launch. You can test a product until you are blue in the face but your actual users will do things and desire things you could not image.
    Its a cool project and a useful app for bloggers, I look forward to increased users and awareness and more awesome content to follow.

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