The team and I can’t believe that over a year has flown by since we started shipping Backer rewards and two years since we first met in 2012. You probably weren’t expecting to see our old name pop up in your inbox again, but we are feeling a bit nostalgic and wanted to fill you in on what’s been going on at Narrative.
We’ve been really busy at our respective Narrative offices (there’s one in San Francisco now!) and a lot has happened to the Narrative service and the company since you received your Clips! Most notably for you guys, improvements to the backend so your photos appear in your timeline within minutes, a Web App and a jump to date feature that allows you to find any moment without scrolling. We’ve also been working on a couple major projects that we will announce in the beginning of January!
Narrative is thriving! Well over 100 million photos have been uploaded to the Narrative Service and we’re expanding our team, so more fantastic developments can become reality. We can’t thank you enough for your support during the campaign and now.
The shared vision that brought us together in the beginning has become a reality and will only keep getting better. You and your suggestions are at the forefront of our thoughts as we work on our plans for the future. Our goal now is to continue building a product and company you are proud to say you were a part of creating. These are the major accomplishments so far:
New office in San Francisco opened.
Oskar has moved stateside to make sure things run smoothly and we have welcomed three new awesome people to the team. An excellent reason to be excited about the US office is the extension of support hours! Our incredible support team is on standby, ready to help you out if you need it.
Increases in stability and upload speed.
One of the most noticeable things about the first version of the camera and service is the long wait times for photos to be processed. This issue was fixed and the average time between your photos being uploaded to the cloud and appearing in your apps is now just a couple minutes.
Searching for your photos by date. All that scrolling is no more! The jump to date feature allows you to quickly search through a calendar view for specific dates, identifies which dates have Clip photos and allows you to go directly to them.
The Narrative Web App. This is one of our biggest milestones to date. Being able to enjoy your Narrative photos on a big screen has been the one of the most requested features of the Narrative Service, starting with you guys. We are continuously releasing improvements to the web app all the time, most recently - the addition of a starred field and the same jump to date functionality in the smartphone app.
Easily lend your Clip.
Now it’s simple to let friends and family try out your Clip. All you need to do is make sure you have uploaded all your photos and hand it over. Once they’ve created their own Narrative Account, they’re ready to go.
Multiple cover photos on your timeline.
There are now three photos on your timeline instead of just one. This gives your timeline way more context, so you can easily find the moments that mean the most to you.
And there’s more to come! Early next month, we have one more update coming your way with a new reward. One we think you’ll be really happy about. In the meantime, we’d love for you to continue to be an active member of the Narrative community and we have a perfect new home for this, one of our other achievements this year – the new Narrative Community Site. Stay involved through sharing your own stories, making suggestions or just soaking up some inspiration. Stop by, say hi and take a look, the site is dedicated to all of you guys -- the first of the bunch!
PS - Anyone who is going to CES is invited to come hangout, have a drink with us and hear some exciting news on Wednesday, January 7th from 4pm - 6pm at our booth. Tweet @getnarrative to reserve a spot with #NarrativeCES