Beta 2 currently under development

3 major features are currently under development, and will be released under a new “beta 2” build, coming soon:

We’re remodelling the entire user system. Your profile will no longer be bound by its PIN, but by a username of your choosing. You’ll be able to add up to 2 or 3 PIN’s to your profile – good for if you ever change device, or simply have more than one.

Comments! If you so wish, users will be able to leave comments on your profile.

In light of these additions, privacy options will be introduced, and linked to your friends list. Wish for only your friends to see your profile and/or leave comments? No problem. You decide how open your profile is.

The final release of pinppl, for which we do not have a release date, will feature a brand-new interface, and make for even more convenient browsing over the BlackBerry.

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New name search function added

Note that on the main page, you can now search for either a person’s name, or for a tag. The name searching function isn’t quite complete – it doesn’t have the pagination (Next | Previous) offered by the tag search function, but expect this either tonight or tomorrow.

I hope you’ll find the new function useful. It is not restricted to a single search term. Entering two words, eg. “paul anthony” will search for users’ names containing both “paul” and “anthony”.

Expect plenty more cool new additions in the coming days!

Update: the name search function is now complete with pagination.

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pinppl at London Mobile Monday

I’ll be giving a quick presentation at the Mobile Monday meeting in London, Dec. 11 at Skype’s offices. By then pinppl will have had a significant upgrade, including a change in the overall user system, and some new profile options.

The feedback received thus far has been extremely important in shaping pinppl for final release. Thank you!

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Some popular tags now stripped from homepage

On the homepage, you’ll notice a “Popular profile tags” section, showing the top 15 used tags in pinppl profiles. We found many of these to be of the device one was using, or which cell network they were with, eg. “8700g” and “cingular”.

We have stripped these from the display, so as to use the space for other, more community oriented popular tags. The other tags still exist, of course, and can be searched for, and found in the “all tags” section – just not in the “Popular profile tags” section of the homepage.

As you can now see, there’s a better breadth of popular tags, as opposed to “blackerry”, “8700”, etc. — we now have “canada”, “newyork”, “uk”, etc., better representing the network and community at pinppl. We hope you’ll find this more useful.

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Regarding changing PINs

We’ve had a couple of requests for change-of-PIN functionality. I accepted these requests, and promised to include this functionality, and for that I apologise, as we do not feel it in the best interest of the service to incorperate this, after much thought, consideration and experimentation.

If you were to change your profile’s PIN, the profile URL also will change. This is an issue that can be overcome by us putting in a “profile moved” page, should anyone visit your old profile address.

But, what if someone else, who you have invariably handed your BlackBerry down to, would like to register a profile with their new (your old) PIN?

One of the main points of pinppl, as I am sure will be reflected once the service expands, is that you can lookup the profile of a friend, so long as you know their PIN. It is about the person that belongs to the PIN, as this is the platform through which you communicate via the BB, and for which pinppl is based.

If you’re in a position where you have a new device, and would like to change the PIN associated with your profile, just manually move that information over to the new profile (copy & paste), and leave a note on your old profile explaining that the PIN is no longer in use. (Or remove that profile entirely, if you wish. It’s all up to you.)

I believe this to be the best solution, and creates benefits such as if someone were no longer able to send you PIN messages, they could lookup your old profile, and see that you changed devices, and PIN.

We really don’t want to make the same mistakes with pinppl that so many other Web services have. To add functionality for a change of PIN, creates a spiral of new issues to be resolved, in ways which can only be confusing and bloated in terms of usability and optionset.

There seems just one pro for this functionality — that being the ability to move your profile information to a new PIN, not doing it manually. But you’re highly unlikely to need to do this very often.

Tell us what you think. This is your guys’ service, your feedback is crucial to the development of pinppl which we hope all BlackBerry users will be able to make much use of at final release.

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Upgraded to new codebase

After much work, pinppl has upgraded to an object-oriented codebase. This has great benefits for the future of the service — all the backend code is now much better organised, making for quicker, and easier updates of the featureset.

No new features have yet been added, but you will most likely experience a faster pinppl experience now.

At this time, new features for pinppl are in active development, and we look forward to launching those in the very, very near future.

Please remember that if you’ve any suggestions, or feedback to send, you can comment on this posting, or email me at paul@pinppl.com.

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Tag thievery

The great thing about profile tags is that when you see one that applies to you, you can use it – and right there you’ve created another connection.

I’ve stolen many tags at pinppl, and am proud to say!

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