My apologies for the gap in providing some updates on the development side of Groupees. Ideally, I would like to do this every other month so I will do my best to keep to that cycle.
As I’m sure most of you can imagine, there’s lots of work that’s done behind the scenes and beneath the surface. Lot of non-glamorous but necessary stuff to keep things running well and make the experience generally a positive one on Groupees. Changes in APIs, new payment methods, bug fixes and the like keep our small team very busy.
On the more visible side, we just expanded status levels to accommodate our community’s growing awesomeness. Some of you are now Rock Stars and Godfathers, and we sprinkled a few new features for you. In particular, you now can add keys obtained from other sites to store in your Groupees account, and with that, the standard functions of gifting and trading will also be available for these keys. Just go to Product Purchases and click on the button in the upper right corner to add these keys. The keys will be listed in the applicable Product tab. More is on the way!
We have also been VERY busy with features intended to make things easier and better for partners to work with us. None of this is visible to our community but has consumed roughly 75% of our development focus over the past 120 days. Our goal is to make Groupees a highly desirable portal for partners to sell and promote their very best content, and we believe the development efforts we’ve undertaken will make that possible across lots of different types of media. There is still a bit more work to be done here but bottom line, this should mean more and better bundles offered to our community.
I know that sometimes things take longer than we all hope and certainly each of you may have things in particular you would like us to prioritize first, ahem — TRADING COINS!!!!!! We do try and balance dev priorities based on community sentiment but of course have to plan things based on a number of considerations. I’m sure many of you will be excited to hear that we will begin dev planning for Trading Coins in May. This particular feature is a part of a bigger set of related features so will need to be adequately scoped and then developed fully. I will be sure to keep everyone updated on this as I realize it is something that folks care about.
I am frequently reminded of the last sentence in the book, The Great Gatsby…. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly back into the past…”. That is so true with software development but more generally life. We continue to work hard to serve the Groupees community, and we appreciate your ongoing support. And we look forward to making Groupees an even better place to be for everyone.
Now you’ll excuse me… I have a Visual Novel to finish!!!!!!!