Sorry if you're getting 2 e-mails about this but I finally setup a newsletter outside of Kickstarter, so anyone who opted into a newsletter back when you filled out your survey will now receive it.
No hard feelings if you decide to unsubscribe!
Here's the message I sent out with a link to our first ever 1SE Crowd video!!!
Three years ago I started recording 1 second every day for the rest of my life...
Two years ago I spoke at TED 2012 and ended the TED talk by hinting... "Wouldn't it be interesting if thousands of people were doing this?"...
One year ago I ended my Kickstarter campaign video to fund the 1SE App by saying "I have some rather ambitious ideas for the future of this concept"...
I had a preposterous dream, that 1SE could one day help bring our world a little closer together... To show our collective humanity... To prove that we all have much more in common than we can possibly imagine. These Crowd videos are my first tiny step towards that dream...
Thank you for making our first ever Crowd Snippets a success! We can’t wait to see what you send in the following weeks!
We are working hard to bring you more exciting app updates, more bug fixes, and faster customer support.
It probably won't come as a surprise to many of you... since the update appeared in the App Store on Friday! I've received many nice messages about it. But mainly I haven't been able to talk about it just yet.
There have been zero announcements about this thus far. But I was given permission to share it with the 1SE Kickstarter Backer community. So here I am!
Thanks to a limited time partnership with Naked Juice, we've been able to build a tiny first step towards my long term goal for 1SE. To bring us all closer together. To make it easy & absorbable to catch a glimpse at life, through a multitude of perspectives. 1SE Crowds will takes us beyond our personal timelines... towards one global time capsule.
1SE Crowds! Or 1SEC for short ;D
Best of 2014! Super Bowl! Outdoors!
Go check it out! RIGHT NOW, you can submit to us your favorite second from 2014 so far! We'll mash a video and share next week. Let's see what we've been up too!!!!
And on Sunday you should share with us a sec of your Super Bowl Sunday to our next Crowd Snippet! What does Super Bowl Sunday look like through the eyes of hundreds of us when we can each only share 1 moment? Let's find out together!!!!!
And be sure to check out the Naked Juice Crowd too... they have some really awesome Challenges for the next several weeks... right now you can submit to their Outdoors Challenge.
We're launching with just 2 Crowds... 1SE and Naked Juice... but if everything is going smoothly, I hope to introduce more Crowds into the mix... I have some ideas :)
Plus I'll definitely be creating a Kickstarter Crowd that will require a special password... that way $25 and above tier Backers can submit with favorite second of 2013!
That's it for now! I really hope you'll participate!!! And there's another update coming asap.
We've been working like crazy to bring you guys 2 updates. The first of which is arriving very very very very soon! I can't tell you much about it until it goes live, but let's just say that it's going to bring 1SE one little step closer towards my long term vision :) I will be sending out another update to you all the exact second it goes live on the App Store and Google Play. And I hope you all participate ;)
The other update we've been working on is the bugs that some users are still experiencing. Our last update which we worked on for a long time, and tested like crazy, solved most of the bugs that arose from Apple's change of how they handle video in iOS7. But we've been working with many helpful users to complete our next update.
NEW YEARS WAS CRAZY!!!!!
Guys. I don't know how... but... it DID NOT occur to me... until about 10pm on December 29th... as I paced around my living room... that maybe... New Years Day is to 1SE... As Valentines Day is to a florist... I thought... maybe there's going to be a rise in 1SE activity? And starting at practically midnight on December 31st... BOOM... All our social media feeds were flooded! COUNTLESS 1SE 2013 compilations were being posted, and I tried to watch as many as I could for as long as I could before they were arriving faster than I could click on them. IT WAS CRAZY.
Til this day I'm still playing catch up and watching 1SE videos that are being sent. It dawned on me that with so many 1SE videos showing up everywhere... I should take a peek at the App Store... and we had shot up to #4 in Photo/Video and #42 overall. CRAZY!
As you can see above, 1SE was featured on The New York Times! WOW! And on the FRONT PAGE of their online site!!! A bunch of 1SE videos ended up showing up in various interwebs.
Kickstarter Backer Noam Galai wrote this post for FStoppers & had his video also featured on Jezebel: http://bit.ly/1mNtgFy
Finally here's a nice video piece from the television show Take Part Live on Pivot:
From Day 1, one of our biggest struggles has been keeping up with Technical Support. And as we continue to gain users, this struggle only intensifies. Back in that moment years ago, when I first had that moment of zen... "I should build an App so anyone can do this!"... I did not immediately think "But how will I handle technical support?"... FAR from it.
Frankly I've done it completely wrong and I'm learning from my mistakes as I go. I apologize to anyone whose had a bad experience trying to reach us in the past. There are a multitude of reasons why what I put in place was never optimal. I tried a couple of different things, but they didn't work. I goofed :/
One of the many things I've spent the past several weeks putting together for this update, is a Forum... accessible directly from the settings of the App. How this will hopefully be a lot better than before:
I've already pre-populated it with all the most common technical questions we answer constantly.
If nothing there answers your question, you can put your question in the Community Help area so anyone can answer, not just us.
Announcements! Maybe we find out about a weird bug (like that daylight savings time fiasco! remember that! Ugh!) and instead of us getting 5000 e-mails/tweets/FB/Google+ messages about it, you can check out the latest announcements and we'll be like "WHOOPS! We know! We're on it! Sorry!"... and so you won't have to bother letting us know :)
And if there's nothing anywhere that answers your question... then there's a button right there for us to answer you personally. And hopefully it'll be totally manageable.
Maybe I'm doing this all wrong again! But if I am I'll do my best to learn from that mistake quickly. I make a lot of mistakes guys. A LOT.
You can access it now, and there are even temporary fixes there for users who have Audio issues and iPhone 4 issues.
Remember that video we'll be creating that will include our favorite second of 2013?
More on that very soon... ;) My next update will explain further... in the meantime... Maybe start thinking about what you'll pick. Pressure!
$10 Tier and Above Backers
Our Private Facebook group is in the works. You will receive a link very soon that will be sent to you here on Kickstarter.
Two 1SE videos you should make time to watch :)
THANK YOU!!!! Be back again VERY SOON with an Update about the Secret Update :)
P.S. I swear this totally happened by accident... Something about that New York Times photo kept seeming familiar... a few days later I figured it out! It's nearly identical to one of my very first Seconds for a day back in 2011!
Hard to believe that my little personal project that started on the day I turned 30 is about to walk into 2014.
And on January 10th, 1SE will have it's 1st BIRTHDAY!
Some quick updates!
Our iOS7 update was approved by Apple several days ago, and many of you have sent us wonderful messages about your improved experience. YAY!!
We have started receiving some reports from users experiencing issues we might have missed. We want to fix these right away, so if any of you are experiencing any of the following issues, and you'd be willing to help, please send me a direct message through here on Kickstarter:
- audio syncing issues
- 1 second of black blinking/flickering in between seconds
The end of January will bring an exciting new feature to 1SE that will make me very HAPPY as soon as I can share it!!!!
Plus, for those of you who pledged at the tiers of $25 or more, I'll be sending you instructions on how to deliver me your favorite second of 2013, which I'll then compile into a super mash of our combined year! :D
the 1 Second Everyday website crashed last night for 35 mins after the great Cara Santa Maria featured us on last nights 100th episode of TakePart Live on Pivot.
The segment starts at the 31 minute mark w/ Timehop then 1SE at the 32 minute mark.
Exactly a year ago I nervously hit the "LAUNCH" button on this Kickstarter campaign. So much has transpired in the past year professionally & personally... Ordinarily I wouldn't have been able to process it... make sense of it... reflect on it... the good the bad... it all would've been a jumble in my head... but instead... the other day I compiled the past year on 1SE and relived it all in 6 minutes. And I was able to do that thanks to the support of all 11,281 of you. I am indebted to you indefinitely.
Speaking of which! I was able to mash that entire year in 15 seconds on an iPhone 5s running our latest update. FIFTEEN! YAY!!
Speaking of which... our update...
UPDATE on iOS7 UPDATE
Many of you have asked, and many of you are surely wondering... Where's that awesome iOS 7 update you mentioned last time??
I'll try to explain what is going on in as few words as possible.
We've had a huge update for iOS7 ready. Not only does it fix tons of reported bugs old and new, but it improves tons of elements of the App… many were mentioned in the previous update... less memory storage, faster mashing, photo cropping, & we were even able to move the "loading" screen to a background process.
Then we got a weird bug report that a compiled video in iOS7 looked fine, except when uploaded to youTube. Then more similar reports started coming in. They trickled in slowly because most users aren't compiling & uploading to youTube regularly. We brought in many beta testers with this issue who have dedicated a gargantuan amount of time to help us figure out why this is the case. Together we've conducted endless trial and error tests to figure the cause of this.
Every time we seemed to have the answer, we'd fix it, but the problem remained in many cases. Why are the videos that worked perfectly fine before iOS7, now showing up scrambled when uploaded to youTube? But sometimes they also work perfectly fine? After digging as deep as we possibly could, on Monday, it looks like we FINALLY found the cause.
This will start getting a little more technical... without going into meticulous detail of how we were finally able to figure this out… iOS7 has changed it's built in camera to use a new video formatting profile… which uses a new algorithm in it's compression… this is a very computationally intensive process so it's never existed on mobile devices in the past. Looks like iOS7 has applied this new format to videos shot on iPhone 5 & 5s, but not 4s or prior (so a user on an iOS7, using an iPhone 4s, is not afflicted by this).
Soooo… if you have seconds that were recored on iOS6… and seconds that were recorded on iOS7… which is most users… a compiled video using both formats does not play well when uploaded to youTube. Videos of different formats rarely like each other. And so far, Apple does not appear to provide a way to turn off this new profile or change it. In fact, I've yet to find any mention of these changes despite my best Google-ing efforts.
So where does this leave us right now? We can't update youTube obviously. We can't update iOS7 obviously. So we need to work with these restrictions and find a solution from 1SE. At the worst, the solution is we need to do a 1 time conversion of all previous snippets… but if you've been using the App a long time… say a year... we're looking at roughly 20 minutes to do the conversion. We may have to go this route, but we're trying to find a faster solution. Perhaps we can divide this conversion over multiple sessions? We have some ideas.
On the bright side, we at least have 1 option that we know will finally fix this, even if it isn't optimal yet. One way or the other, we know we need to get this to you ASAP. We never could've imagined that this bug would end up being SUCH a big deal. But trust me, no one will be happier to finally release this thing than us. We are not taking this lightly. It's all I think about. I can't thank you enough for your patience.
For those of you who selected "Android" when you pledged... expect a Kickstarter message from me very soon, that will include your personal "code" to unlock the App in the settings in case you're asked to pay beyond the free trial period.
The reviews have been fantastic, Thank you! And remember your friends on Android can try 1SE for free for 30 days:
There's at least 2 huge announcements coming to 1SE in the months that follow, and as always, you'll be the first to know. We're really excited to bring the 1SE experience to the next level! I can't freaking wait to share them with you.
Along with these announcements, I'll also continue to fulfill any unfinished reward tiers. Thank you for your patience, as I mentioned in previous updates, getting you the best possible App experience has been my first priority, and this update should provide that relief.
I'll close by sharing one of my recent favorite 1SE projects that was shared with me... Adva & Ben each recorded their own 1SE video in 2013 for 10 months leading up to their wedding day. They then put them side by side and shared them with their friends & family at their wedding. What a wonderful/beautiful idea! ;)
For just $1 the iOS App is yours! + Updates + MY ETERNAL THANK YOU! You're helping me achieve a dream! :)
Reward #1 + Your name in the Credits of the App! My Gratitude Immortalized!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Exclusive Access to a Private FB group where backers can share their 1SE experiences together! How to approach the chronicling of our lives sparks endless approaches & conversations. I'd love to partake in these discussions with you guys for years to come!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Send me your most memorable second of 2013! & I'll personally compile them in chronological order w/ your name & location so we can see the very best of 2013 through our eyes!!!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + a one hour Google+ Hangout! I LOVE meeting people doing this project. 10 of us at a time can sit around a digital campfire & discuss the 1SE project or whatever your hearts desire. (I'll do my best to organize groups of 10 over the course of the first half of 2013)
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + lets have a 1 on 1 Skype Chat for 30 minutes! We can discuss the 1SE project or whatever you want! I nerd out on pretty much everything. (We can arrange a suitable time that works for us both anytime in the next several months)
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Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + do you live in the NYC area? I'll organize at least 1 meetup in the city! I'd love to hang out with you guys & THANK YOU PERSONALLY!!!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + do you live in the NYC area or willing to travel? You'll receive a private invite to attend a THANK YOU PARTY at my place! Open Bar! Let's hang out!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #6 + Reward #8 + (your choice of reward #5 or Reward #7) + You GET THE APP BETA RIGHT NOW!!!! Your input can help us through the final weeks of development!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #6 + Reward #8 + Reward #9 + do you live in the NYC area? Let me take you out to lunch or a cup of coffee! I would THANK YOU profusely the entire time! With your permission, I would like to give you a huge hug too!
Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #6 + Reward #8 + Reward #9 + I'll fly anywhere in the US to meet you and give you the biggest THANK YOU EVER!!! You'd certainly be my second of that day!!! I would be forever grateful!!!
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