YEN: Messaging is Coming…

One of the biggest personal disappointments with the Alpha/Beta launch was the inability to launch internal messaging from Day #1.

The issue was entirely centered around our technological implementation using a number of off-the-shelf APIs that would allow us to shortcut our way to a decent internal messaging system.

But, after building the components 3 times using 3 different systems we decided to give-up and write the damn thing from scratch (using Nodejs).

Consequently, we punted the messaging system from private launch and moved a ton of engineering resources to create a new system from the ground-up that would allow us the type of flexibility, extensibility, and dynamism that we wanted.

And I’m glad we did… because the end result is so much better than what we had originally planned! 

There’s a lot more work between now and deployment to the BETA production, but, here are some final hifi screenshots to wet your appetite:

Oh yeah. Fuck yeah.



YEN: Fixing Those Usernames / Tags

A small update that should help folks testing out the BETA. Thanks for all the feedback and help making sure we catch all of these issues!

I’ll admit, there are still a few issues with tags and @usernames… but, we’ll get it sorted.

Thanks so much!



YEN: Keeping You Safe

Here at YEN we want to make sure that you’re in control of your value and that means ensuring that our users are as safe as possible with their account information.

That’s why we have small popups like this for our users to remind them how critical it is to set up a 2FA system.

Of course, you don’t have to, but, we want to push this so that we become not just the most funand friendly place ever… but also the most trusted and most secure as well!

We need to keep each other accountable to this type of stuff.

To infinity and beyond!




We know that one of the biggest requests for our early Alpha/Beta is the ability to have a bit more of mobile-optimized version!

We hear you… we DEFINITELY hear you…! In short… it’s coming… but, we will all have to be a bit more patient.

Why? Because building a comprehensive mobile experience is really, really, really hard to pull off well and before we can start on it we have to lock in the core experience on the desktop as these pieces of data help inform us on what we should include and focus on for the mobile-version.

But, we took a few moments this past weekend to put together some very loose concepts (and I shared one via @YENeng last night too: )

Let us know if you have any thoughts!

(This is not the same thing as a native client app, like for iOS or Android… these will be accessible via your browser on your mobile device and the mobile browser.)



YEN: Not all Designs Make It…

One of the fun things we get to do is design concepts of ideas that we think are fun and neat and then, of course, kill the ones that don’t make sense and then develop out the ones that ultimately find a nice home within the product.

Here’s an example of a design idea to showcase more of the metadata around the user’s behavior in a more transparent way. 

Ultimately, we decided to kill this implementation because we found a better one that works a bit more naturally within the flow of the conversations and design, but, we wanted to share all of these types of things with you so that you can get a flavor of what we do and the work that we put into making a comprehensive and enjoyable experience.

That is all.

Kill what doesn’t make you stronger.



YEN: CHARTS, all the things!


Per many of your comments, feedback, and suggestions, we’re looking into expanding the chart data area a bit more (and doing it earlier in our product development lifecycle than planned)!

This is because we trust our users with amazing feedback and prioritize (re-prioritize) our design and engineering decisions based on our community’s desires!

Kind of neat that way, right?

This expanded view will allow us to bring a much richer experience to you when it comes to charts, coin information, and more. Of course, this is just the beginning…



YEN: Transparency Matters

One of the very unique opportunity that we have with a new platform is to make early-decisions based on first-principles.

In other words, we can build a product (with an amazing) community built on the things that we believe, like security and privacy as well as transparency… all of the very good things!

For instance, here’s an example that we’ve mentioned before that shows the community how many times the user has changed their username as well as what those changes were:

These things matter, especially in our world where fraud and deception are rampant. We want to make sure that our community is safe from harms way and give them the tools and features, like these, to maximize trust in a “trustless” world.

Things like these aren’t easy to put together but we think it’s worth it and it’ll advance our mission on becoming the most friendly, fun, and helpful crypto community out there!



YEN: Kill the Scams

Scams start with users who try to do nefarious things with information. So, as a consequence, we’re thinking comprehensively, end-to-end, on how we can reduce the amount of disinformation and #fakenews that might get out in our #yeniverse.

So, we’re thinking about small (yet significant) things like making it more transparent around usernames and even their history of user name changes.

There are very few social platforms that share this type of data (one of them is Ebay… pretty rad actually) and we think that if we publicly share someone’s nickname or username history it’ll provide even more high-fidelity decision making when it comes to followership and even speculative purchases.

For instance, if you saw someone change their username to “Vitalik_Buterinnnnnnn” to shill a coin or project then you’d know that they are illegitimate and trying to scam you.

Small decisions like this for the sake of transparency can go a looooong way to fighting the good fight of keeping the #yeniverse a fun and friendly place to be.

If you have any more great ideas, we’d love to hear it on YEN! Create a post and @mention @YENSupport or @YENeng and we’ll put it on the backlog!

We’ll have more details on how we plan on displaying this information in a future post… we’re working on design ideas right now…

– john


YEN: It’s the SMALL Stuff That Matters

Building a great product requires both large-scale thinking as well as managing the small, seemingly-infinitesimal design decisions in the product experience.

For instance, compare what Slack does with punctuation after you add the username:

Did you catch it?

They auto-magically remove the space so that you can keep typing without stopping.

Currently, with our Alpha implementation, we don’t do that:

See the difference?

Clearly, this is something we can build into our post editor, but it’ll make a big FELT difference when you type a username and add any punctuation to the username.

Small stuff matters… especially when you think of the scale at which we’re aiming for. If it was just 20 folks, then, perhaps the impact wouldn’t be so bad… but, when you’re aiming for 20 million users (and beyond!) then you have some serious impact.

Onward and upward!



YEN: Personalization Matters

As you all know, we’re building this product FOR YOU, our amazing community! And, what’s great is that it’s also being built BY YOU as well as we gather amazing feedback on the product every single day.

So, thank you thank you thank you for that!

But, of course, there’s a loooooooong way to go between here and public release and so keep the feedback coming!

One thing that we are experimenting with is the ability for our users to more customize their experience and so we’re going to start with some light customizations and personalization settings, like changing what coins you get to track via our sidebar widget(s).

Simple stuff, yet, important for creating a comprehensive experience that you’ll love coming back to. Do the small things really matter that much…? Of course they do.

Talk soon!