Looks fun. Android?
Android. Great question. And yes, we (i.e. our developers) are working on it. While our developers have been great partners, they are practically working pro-bono on this project (which is what allowed it to get made in the first place).
The downside is that they have to make money from “real” clients. Which means that progress is very herky jerky. We have stopped giving dates because things have continually gotten pushed. But that said, we really really hope and think that 2020 might finally see this happen…
Is the lower quality photo an intentional choice? I saw you mentioned “hi res” being available at the end. Are the photos we see in our boxes not the actual photo taken? Are there any plans to introduce focus/lighting controls into the camera?
The lower res photos are mainly for bandwidth reason - faster to upload download. So when you take a photo we (by “we” I mean a computer somewhere) store the hi res version but then create two other version - one for sharing with other people and the other for the thumbnail on your home screen. We do not have plans to introduce any focus/lighting controls at this time. So for the time being it is wysiwyg
Will we ever be able to see others' full photo sets? Will there be an option to publicly share our own photos online at some point? (Will we be able to download our photos?)
Daniel: Yes, everyone gets a link to download their complete high resolution archive at the end of the 1440 day cycle. And there MAY be an option to publicly share photos. Nothing is confirmed but we are in talks with an Ivy League university library that is interested in archiving the project.
If this moves forward we will invite early participants to anonymously share their photos in this public archive. In this case you could also see other participants full photo set, but otherwise, unless you know someone else who is taking part, you would not.
What color is your toothbrush?
Green and white. It was from my dentist, so I didn’t pick the color scheme. Martin?
Martin: Soft White with a touch of dark green at the very bottom, which might actually be mold....
Do you have any users who never post and who are kicked off of the platform as a result?
Daniel: We definitely do have users who never post - though tbh we have been pretty blown away by the retention rates in general. But the thing is that if you never post, you are also never matched, so you’re essentially just a ghost in the system accumulating 1440 black squares...
How often do you use minutiae yourselves? Are you more or less dedicated users than your average user base?
Good question, I would say I'm probably just above the average and catch 65-70% of the alerts (I set my phone to Do Not Disturb) at night but catch most of them during waking hours. The alert can definitely feel intrusive at times but I personally feel it's offset by the long term benefits of documenting moments that would otherwise go undocumented.
Originally we wanted the alert to be a constant one minute "amber style" alert but Apple doesn't allow that so this is the best we can do for now....
Are printed books still happening? If so, how much will they cost? Will the missed moments that show black squares be printed in the book?
Yes they are happening. There are two versions. A limited edition handbound version, and a print on demand version (we are working with a developer to try and make this happen). The cost for the limited edition is $1440, but the print on demand version should be closer to $100. Its a huge book with color images so that means it adds up…And yes, the missed moments will be black squares in the book.
As we find ourselves increasingly stimulated by tech and media, why is more important than ever for the mind to have idle time today?
This is just a personal opinion, but I think that with anything balance is the key. And idle time is part of that balance. I think that the way the attention economy is designed we are pushed in fairly unhealthy directions (more engagement, more engagement) as the two profit mechanisms are coming from serving ads and collecting user data.
So in this sense it was important to us that minutiae has both a limited lifespan - you are “finished” after 4 years - and a limited engagement timeframe - 1 minute per day.
Love the app and love explaining the idea to my friends as I snap the most random photos. For someone who spends a lot of time in front of a screen at work.. do you think there might be a negative effect as you look back and see just how much time you’re actually doing this ONE thing?
Hey I totally appreciate this question as I am in exactly the same boat. And I have to admit I feel a sense of comradeship whenever I match with someone and see tons of images of a laptop screen. I do have to admit that I get a bit of a bummed out feeling when I realise I am, ONCE AGAIN, taking a photo of my laptop screen.
At the same time it feels very honest. This is how I am spending my time. And it also (I think) pushes me to question this fact. I actually had kids this past year and am on parental leave and suddenly my photos have drastically changed. Which makes me happy. And also makes me want to figure out a way, going forward, to try to live a life that will allow for a significant number of non-screen minutiae moments in the future…
How do I get my dog to stop barking at visitors? He is about three years old and didn’t start barking up until a couple months ago.
Great question. I’d try this: https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-barking-at-visitors
Do you plan on making even more apps in the future?
Interesting question - perhaps in the future but right now we're focusing on minutiae, we also have our individual projects - links can be found in the original post if you're curious about what else we do.
How many users do you have?
I actually don’t know. But we had a few thousand downloads in the first month and we are definitely at a point where you are highly unlikely to get matched twice with the same person
Do you have data on how much time people spend browsing their own photos vs someone else's photos?
Ah, good question. We don’t. I mean, I just have my own data which is probably a 10:1 ratio in favour of viewing someone else’s. I think my reasoning is that I will probably never be matched with this person again, but I will, ask some point, get a chance to see all of my images….
What do you hope to see the app accomplish in terms of aiding in the current practice of social distancing? Do you feel as though the timing could be very beneficial to the success/popularity of the application?
Hi, thanks for the good question. I think that what we have always liked about the project is that it shows you “real” life all around the globe, which I have found creates a sense of connection and shared experience. In these unusual times I feel like that shared sense of connection is more important than ever.
Recently, I actually matched with someone from Italy and being in France currently close to the Italian border (in Nice) I felt like I was living through something that I knew the person in the photo was also going through.
In terms of success/popularity, we are always happy when more people discover the project, but tbh, we were already pretty satisfied with the small but dedicated participant base we had.