OK so I know we’ve been very quiet! But we wanted to take the opportunity to wish all you natterers a Happy Christmas/Holidays and pass on some new year news.
As promised last Summer we have absolutely not given up on natter and have been quietly working away behind the scenes. We didn’t raise any more money so this has taken much longer than we had hoped. But we have put our own time, money, blood, sweat and tears (plus a little love) into a new version of natter.
Now to set expectations when we launch this will inevitably be a bit buggy but we hope to develop this over time into something we all love. It won’t be exactly the same as the previous version: we are consciously putting in advertising plus (optional) payments. Our aim will be to make natter self-sustaining cost wise and in this way keep it going forever. So please bear with us!
We’re looking forward to nattering with you in 2017! Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.Neil and Matt
There’s no easy way to say this but natter is out of cash and can no longer continue. Whilst natter is a clear success in many ways, we have not achieved the growth in users needed to get further funding or to make it profitable by adding advertising.
So the bad news is that we will be closing natter on Friday 29th July. Along with my team I’m deeply sad about this and want to apologise to each of you who have been so supportive on this journey.
The potential good news however is that we are already in discussion with possible funders to relaunch later in the year. This would inevitably be in a modified form with both advertising and paid features. How and when precisely are not yet clear but I promise you that I am personally committed to a relaunch.
We are going to keep the blog live to keep you updated on developments.
It’s been an incredible journey and thank you for being on it with us. We like to think this is the end of a chapter rather than the end of the story for natter.
Thank you and sorry again
We thought it was about time we ran another competition so we’ve got 3 hypercool™ natter t-shirts up for grabs. To win one all you have to is post the most natters in the next 24 hours!
The competition begins now and at 4pm GMT (11am EST, 8am PST) tomorrow, the 3 accounts that have posted the most natters within the 24 hour period win!
May the odds be ever in your favour
I want to start by thanking all of you who have taken time to send us responses to the blog posts. The feedback and passion has been overwhelming. We’ve read every single word written on the blog and will do our best accommodate the good suggestions in the future. So thank you.
The first thing we have done in response is to store your history in a place you can all access it. If you add “/history” to your personal natter URL you’ll see your history from when you first joined. So for example my history is at natter.com/neil/history
We have also learned a lot from your feedback about what we may do in the future with natter. The two main points seem to be that most of you would be OK with adverts in the apps and some of you would be willing to pay for premium features. This is really helpful feedback which I hope we can return to as soon as natter is stabilised on a lower cost base.
Having taken this onboard and stored your history we are now going to go head with existing plan, for the reasons I’ve previously stated. So tomorrow 17th May we will release new app updates and move the whole database to 24 hour deletion. Your history before 17th May will still be stored, as said above, but new natters will go after 24 hours.
We know this is not what everyone wants but hope you all understand this then gives us a fighting chance to keeping natter going. Personally I’m also excited about the idea of posting without leaving a trail on the internet.
Those of you who clearly care so much about natter please help us to spread the word! The more natter grows the more likely we are to raise funds and add new features.
Thanks again for caring so much :)
Wow what a response! I didn’t really expect that but it’s wonderful that so many of you care so much about natter so thank you for responding.
Thank you in particular to those of you who suggested having a “donate” button. The team and I really appreciate the sentiment behind this but I’m reluctant to take any of your hard earned money untill the future of natter is more certain.
In return for your feedback I’m going to be completely honest with you about where things are with natter today. Natter is already slowly dying. Take a look at this chart of monthly active users over the last year. You’ll see clearly despite a huge surge last year the trend is downwards, heading eventually to zero.
For the last six months I have been trying to raise further investment funds for natter, but without user growth it’s become clear that no one is going to invest. About a month ago we officially ran out of cash and at that stage we considered shutting it down. Take a look at the “We need your help” blog post I wrote in April.
Instead of that I decided to back the natter community by putting a substantial amount of my own money into the company to keep it going. Yes the long term savings of Mr and Mrs S are now what is keeping natter going. I hope that this makes you realise how committed I am to the future of natter.
So I’ve bought us some time with this money, but we need to stop the downward trend. I haven’t committed our savings to merely extend the life of something that is going to die anyway. I did it because I believe in the community and what we have together.
But let’s be clear the downward trend means that doing nothing today is not an option.
So what is likely to create growth? Well I don’t believe it’s likely to be doing exactly the same thing you can do on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr (and frankly they do what they do better than us anyway). Having thought about this a lot I think having a platform that combines the best of twitter/tumblr/instagram with the freshness of snapchat is something that doesn’t really exist. It’s a clear proposition that might (no certainty so I stress "might") bring fresh interest in what natter is, new users and then allow us to raise more funds.
But hey we don’t have a monopoly on good ideas. So what do you think? What would make natter grow? Let us know but please don’t say “keep it as it is” because it’s not growing today so that’s clearly not the right answer.
Reading your comments many of you have expressed your understandable concern about losing your natter history. I’ve talked to the team and think it could be possible to keep a history that you can all access of what was posted prior to making this change. How could we do this and still save costs you are probably asking? The answer is that a static database showing a history is quite cheap to maintain relative to one that processes data. Today the millions of natters cross referenced with the thousands of natterers and who has liked which one etc. requires huge and expensive processing. Just keeping a static record and not adding to it wouldn’t. So we could do this if there is popular support for it.
So two questions for you to respond to:
1 What would you do to make natter grow if you could?
2 If we do make the shift to 24 hour deletion does keeping a history prior to May 2016 make it more palatable for those of you against the idea?
Thanks for caring
I’m pleased to let you know about an exciting change we are going to be making to natter next week.
It’s coming up to two years since we first launched natter as a three word network. Obviously we have expanded on that and what we have now is an active network and we are constantly looking for ways to make it even more fun.
Most of what we love about natter comes from it’s immediacy: I love seeing what’s just been posted as well as the most liked natters and nattpics that day.
So the big change we are going to make is that from next week all natters will disappear after 24 hours!
We hope this will encourage even more spontaneity on natter. We will all be able to rest easy safe in the knowledge that any embarrassing natter won’t hang around forever.
The additional advantage for us is that it will make it cheaper for us to run natter. As you know we don’t charge anything for natter and so keeping the costs low helps to keep natter going!
The downside is that your old natters will be disappearing from next week so if you want to screen shot any of them now then you should. Don’t worry, your kudos, badges and post count won’t be affected though.
We hope you like this change (no doubt you’ll tell us!)
Thanks for being part of the best short and sweet social network.
Natter 4.1 is now live on Android and iOS.
This update includes one of the most requested features, GIFs! You can add GIFs to your natters and they will even autoplay in the newsfeed.
Now you can share even more great content; cats getting scared of cucumbers, cats trying to grab ceiling fans, cats falling in the bath. The possibilities are endless!
On top of this we’ve tweaked the Explore tab a little bit. You’ll now see ‘All’ which shows the most liked natters of the past 8 hours, and ‘Friends’ which shows the most liked natters of the people you follow over the past 24 hours
Also when you unlock a new badge, you can now share your your success onto tumblr. You worked hard for it, shout about it!
If you like the update, please leave 5 star reviews in the App Store or Play Store :)
Easter egg hunts are the bees knees, so we decided to make a natter Easter egg hunt for y’all!
It’s basically the same as a normal Easter egg hunt, but instead of running round your garden looking for chocolate eggs, you get to sit in front of your computer/tablet/smartphone/palm pilot/pager, completing challenges and earning badges. YAY!
The badges can only be unlocked over the Easter weekend so you have until Monday to hunt them all down!
Level 1 went down pretty well and you guys completed it much quicker than we were expecting! So now it’s time to unveil level 2
Again there are 10 achievements. Complete 7 of them and you complete the level and unlock another cool prize!
This time we’re going to do a fancy dress day at natter HQ and will be sharing our antics, and ultimately embarrassment with you on social media for the whole day! If anyone wants to visit natter HQ and join us for the fancy dress party, let us know :D
*Also shoutout to @Ambrawr, the notter is now officially our unofficial mascot for natterchievements :D
The explore page is a great place to see the latest natters and find new people to follow, but there’s certainly some improvements to be made to make sure that you see more of the content you want to see. (Referring specifically to Explore>Natters, and not Explore>Kudos)
Our thought was to add a ‘Friends’ column that would show the most liked posts of the people that you follow over a set number of hours. It would work very similarly to ‘Today’ but would only show posts from people you follow.
We can only have 3 columns on the ‘Explore natters’ page, so we would have to remove something to make way for this new column.
What do you think of the Explore page? And what are your thoughts on the ‘Friends’ page? Which column would you want to lose? Leave your comments below :)
You did it guys! You completed Level 1! How did you find it? Here's a collage of our favourite images from Level 1:
Without wanting to blow our own trumpet, we’ve come up with what we think is a pretty cool game that everyone can take part in!
This is a community game where everyone is working together to complete achievements. Level 1 has 10 achievements. When the community has completed 7 of the 10 achievements, the level is complete. As a reward for completing the level, we'll send everyone a natter selfie with Becky and @Marsh!
There is no
time limit on each level but we’ll be updating you when each achievement is
completed. There will be a grand ceremony worthy of the name when Level 1 is completed
We look forward to seeing all your cat selfies!
At natterHQ we love to see how creative you guys are, whether that’s the crazy things you manage to say in 5 words, the awesome artwork you produce, the beautiful photos you share or the cool ideas you send to us.
Not only do we love it, but we rely on your feedback and input to make natter the best place that it can be.
We are always open to your feedback on natter, via email, or through the blog, but this post is a specific invite for you to send us any thoughts or ideas you have.
As a small startup with a limited budget however, we can’t implement all of your ideas, and the ideas that we do adopt won’t be added overnight. The position we’re in at the moment is that we have very steady growth in signups. But without rapid growth, it is difficult for us to attract more funding. And without funding, we really have to prioritise new features and align them with our business goals.
Put simply, if the number of signups per day goes up, investment should go up and the number of accepted ideas and new features should go up.
My job at natterHQ is basically to get more people to sign up and make sure that more and more natters are posted every day. The truth is that this is actually very difficult, so everytime you guys tell a friend about natter, or you share something onto twitter/tumblr/facebook or anywhere else, it helps me out massively *high 5*, but it also helps to make natter even bigger and better.
So if you have any feedback or ideas, feel free to leave a comment below. We will consider everything you say, but please understand that we won’t be able to fulfil every wish. Yet.
added badges a few months back, I think we’d underestimated how quickly you
were going to unlock them. Apparently posting 10 photos wasn’t challenging
enough for you!
Some of you have already noticed, but we’ve upped the ante and added additional levels to some of the badges. Reckon you can unlock them all?
We’ll be adding more badges soon, and as always, if you have ideas, feel free to natter @ us or email email@example.com
Not only is natter more fun with friends, but we rely on a stream of newbies to ensure we can keep growing into the social network you want. That’s why we’ve been making it even easier and even more rewarding to invite your friends. And now we want to shout about our top recruiters
If you head to https://natter.com/recruiter_ranking you will see a brand spanking new page that shows who has invited the most friends and as a result, how many kudos they have earned.
So if you know someone who would love a good natter, why not ping them an invite? And for those on the cusp of superstardom inviting your friends will give you a kudos boost that can take you to new heights!
This week to prepare for the Valentine’s weekend, we’re going to be spreading the natter love
We’re going to be posting about about the things we love, and we want to hear what you love!
If you love love love coffee, sunsets, family, Gonzo, cats, Guy Fieri, selfies, memes, jorts or anything else, post a natter using #natterlove and you might get featured in our #natterlove collage!
We love to see your pictures, whether they’re drawings or photos, so if words aren’t really your thing, share a picture using #natterlove
To top it all off, this Friday @natter will post some natter love and we want you guys to share the love as far as you can! Renatter it to share with the natter family, but you might get an extra special thank you if you share it outside of natter… ;)
We’ll update you nearer the time, but keep an eye out!
Much natter love xo
A new iOS and Android update is here!
With this update you’ll now receive a 100 kudos boost every time someone accepts your invite to join natter. And to make it even easier for you, you can now invite via Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger too
The badges have been tweaked so they now look, work and feel even better! You can now remove the badge from your profile picture if you want.
Previous Top Newbies will see their exclusive TN badge on the badges page!
We also fixed an issue where replies to renatters would be sent to the wrong person, oops!
And we made some performance upgrades and squashed some bugs
If you like the update, make sure to leave a 5 star review :)
The first batch of badges seem to have gone down pretty well with you guys, so we’ve added a few more to keep you entertained
We’ve got a badge for budding pirates, one for lunchtime natterers and one for those more comfortable communicating with smiley faces than actual words.
Here’s the list of the first people to unlock each badge too :)
We hope you enjoy these new badges, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if there’s any badges you want to see!
a couple of new features to the website
There’s a new right column which displays the top hashtags and nattpics, as well as the 3 newest newbies. Now you won’t even have to leave the newsfeed to see the current trending content.
On top of this we’ve added a meme maker! You’re able to upload a picture and add text to it before posting your natter. And no, don’t worry, these words aren’t included in the word count!
In line with this, pictures will now appear larger on the newsfeed.
We’ve also made a few design tweaks just to spice things up a little!
If you guys love these features, they may eventually make their way into the app
As always, let us know what you think of the new update. If there’s anything you want to see, feel free to send an email to email@example.com
Here at natter HQ we love the fact that you guys have so much love for natter, and we want YOU to tell us why in the form of a blog post.
If you want to write a blog post, send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll approve it, and then once you've written it we'll read over it and post it.
We're looking for posts about your natter experience/social media/anything else related to natter somehow. You could even write a post about any games you play/anime you watch etc. as long as you tie it back in to natter. We would then post these blogs onto twitter/Facebook etc. Feel free to include any images/drawings also in the form of a jpg.
Anyone who writes would be a Contributor.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The natter merch store is back open for business!
To begin with we’ve just got a few t-shirts for sale, but we’ll be adding more stock soon.
If there is any merchandise you would love to get your hands on, let us know! You’ll see baseball caps and wristbands that we’ve sold in the past, and will happily order again if you guys are interested!
If you place an order, make sure to include your @username in the 'special instructions' box :)
We’ve made a few updates to the website that bring it back in line with the iOS and Android apps.
Firstly we’ve reopened registration on the website! So if you’ve got friends who don’t have an iPhone or Android phone, let them know they can now sign up via the website and join the fun :)
You asked and we listened; you can now view all of the badges from your profile page. You’ll also receive notifications when you unlock a badge. If you have ideas for new badges, let us know!
a ‘Natter Me’ button to the profile page so it’s now even easier to start a
conversation with someone
And yes, we have added adverts to the website. We’re just experimenting with them at the moment whilst trying to recoup some of our costs :)
Last Friday an app was launched called ‘Peach’ which was created by Vine founder Dom Hofmann.
It’s primarily a messaging platform that looks a little bit like Twitter, Slack, and Instagram, where you basically sign up and post a mixture of Photos and status updates. Peach has a set of ‘magic words’ so if you search one of these words, it will summon them to appear in your status updates for example if you type in ‘gif’ into the search bar, you can select a gif for your status update.
Natter allows you to chat to friends using up to 5 words and a hashtag which is indeed part of the fun! You can also post a mixture of words and a picture or words and a hashtag so you can share anything from what music you have been listening to, to what videos you have seen on YouTube and want to share. Cool right? But wait right there! Natter has just gone to another level and we have now introduced something even more fun: badges! Not only do you get to share things with your friends, you can now even compete to get the latest badge and all whilst nattering.
It seems like microblogging is indeed taking off. As you are aware, here at natter HQ we work hard to bring you what you want and we do indeed have a few things up our sleeves that will make your nattering truly fun!
Not only can you now chat to your friends using not 3, but up to 5 words, you can now compete with each other to get natter badges!
You will notice that you will already have gained some badges due to past performance but you will also see some are greyed out. This means you have to work to get them. Mwwwaaahhh!
If you have any ideas for badges, let of course let us know!
We really hope you enjoy this update and we look forward to seeing your feedback!
So with the move from three to five words came a new tagline; short and sweet. And with a new tagline comes new merchandise!
We’ve got 5 awesome natter t-shirts up for grabs. All you have to do is invite your friends to natter and the top 5 users with the most accepted invites will win a free t-shirt!
You can send as many invites as you want, but they will only be counted if the person you invited actually signs up to natter by following your link.
Inviting your friends is easy, just tap on the invite button on the newsfeed in the app and share your unique link via SMS/Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr or anywhere else you fancy
The competition ends on January 3rd. Winners will be announced January 4th.
Update 3.0 is now live with some great features, the biggest of which is the ability to now post up to five words.
We have been listening to your feedback and looking at how you use natter. We’ve had requests for posts with more than three words, but we‘ve also had requests for posts with less than three words!
The creative.ways.in.which.people have-started-to-bend-the-rules, coupled with your feedback showed us that we needed to change some things.
Some of you were understandably quite shocked when you saw the 55 character limit error message a few days ago. We will not be introducing a new limit, but changing the existing one. The text in the natter can be up to 55 characters and the hashtag 20.
On top of this, we’re adding a bunch of cool features such as a kudos boost for inviting your friends. If you invite a friend and they accept you’re invite you’ll receive 10 kudos!
We’ve changed the friends kudos table to a 30 day rolling kudos table so you can now see the most active users over the past month.
As always we welcome your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts on this update. If you like it, make sure to give us a 5 star rating in the app store :)
As you may well have seen, we have gained a considerable amount of new users over the past few days, all of them expressing their undying love (well….) for natter. Here is just a snippet of some of the wonderful feedback and love we have received:
And thank you @Toriel for this wonderful natter family portrait. We couldn't of done better ourselves!
And HOW can we forget the 'The Natter Song'
Thank you @succ <3
Natter.com, is a three word social network, and is considered the “friendliest place on the internet”. With over 20,000 users since launching a year ago, our little community continues to grow from strength to strength.
Neil Stanley, the brains behind natter says “When we launched natter we expected 3 word posts that were funny, enigmatic and frankly, knowing the Internet, just plain rude! Instead a real community of friendly supportive people has come together. Our ‘natterers’ have even christened themselves the ‘natter family’.” And what a lovely family it is! Once you have signed up, you can be sure of a huge natter welcome as well as showerings of kudos. 'Kudos? whats Kudos?' Well, kudos is the natterers way of showing love. As well as a 'like' you also gain a kudos point for every natter that has been liked. Cool huh?
"A picture can say a thousand words" so the famous quote says and we whole heartily believe this. On natter, you can post a picture along with your 3 awesome words and a hashtag. Why not be creative and start your own hashtag trend? Heck, why not add a URL link too?
Sounds fun right? And you can join in the fun too! Sign up today and reserved your username!
P.S Did we mention you can download natter on iOS and Android?
The latest natter update is now available to download.
The big feature that a lot of you have been requesting is a Report button. If someone is not nattering nicely, tap on the flag in the top right corner of their profile page and you'll have the option to block or report the user. If you report them, an email will be sent to the natter support team who will investigate the user and take appropriate action.
We've added a little badge for the Top Newbie that will be displayed on their profile picture. The Top Newbie is the person who signed up within the past 7 days and has earned the most kudos since their signup. When become 8 days old, you are no longer a newbie and the badge will be lost and passed on to the next Top Newbie. You can see the list of most active newbies in the explore tab
Now when you see which of your contacts are already on natter, we'll show you their username and their real name.
Natter is more fun with friends, so head over to the Options Menu and invite your contacts to join you and have a natter. We'll notify you if one of your contacts signs up so you can begin nattering with them immediately.
We've made a few performance improvements too to ensure your natter experience is the best it can be
Let us know your thoughts on the update, and make sure to leave 5 star reviews in the App Store and Play Store :)
We want to put together a list of the scariest 3 word spooky stories! We will pick our best 23 and put them in a Buzzfeed style article. Make sure you mention @natter so we can keep up to date with whats being nattered.
Have fun and we look forward to reading your spooky stories!
Recent news has suggested that the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey is to extend tweets beyond the 140 character limit. Twitter have already tried many ways to try and work around the 140 limit, mainly by taking out links and user names from the count.
The main reason Twitter want to expand is due to not attracting more users to the product so instead of sticking to their guns, they want to follow suit and make sure people get the most out of their vocabulary. But is it really all that? Nowadays, peoples attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, so short and sweet is proving to be the way forward. Trends like Snapchat, Vine etc just go to show how much content you can get away with using in just a few words or seconds. It’s a known fact that in this day and age people tend to use their mobile phones more than they do there laptops and desktops. Things are instant and they can connect more with the many apps that are out there.
Here at natter, we like to be different and quirky. Why follow everyone else when you can be unique and stand out? By just using three words, a hashtag and/or a picture we are taking nano blogging to the extreme. We have proven that you don’t need 140 characters to communicate your thoughts and converse. We like to keep things short but sweet!
To celebrate this achievement, diplomatic_diva joined us for a little interview1. How did you first hear about natter? And what made you want to sign up?
I’m sure you can all remember when you first signed up to natter; a newbie joining a new family. I’m sure you also remember how warm the welcome was that you received.
Well we want to make sure that every newbie receives the warmest welcome possible and as such we’ve added a newbie notifications feature.
With this feature you’ll receive a notification (on the website only), showing you that a newbie has just posted their first natter.
Why not head on over to their profile and send them a little hello!
To activate this feature, click your username in the top right corner of the website and then Edit profile. Just below ‘Your location’ you will see “Notify me when a new user posts for the first time”. Just check the box and you’re set!
The Friendliest Place on the Internet?
11 September 2015, BATH
Natter.com, the three word social network, is being referred to by its users as the “friendliest place on the internet”. Nearly 20,000 users have signed up since launching at the start of the year and a revolution in friendliness seems to be taking place.
Neil Stanley, CEO of Natter, commented: “When we launched natter we expected 3 word posts that were funny, enigmatic and frankly, knowing the Internet, just plain rude! Instead a real community of friendly supportive people has come together. Our ‘natterers’ have even christened themselves the ‘natter family’.”
Neil went on to say, “It’s amazing the response that anyone can get posting something as simple as “Morning Natter People”. Conversations naturally start this way and go on all day. Perhaps there’s something about a 3 word limitation that brings out the best in people?”
Roslyn Fissler (@snicks on natter) of Berkshire said, “I just love the community feel of natter. Since joining in January I’m totally hooked and spend hours nattering whenever I have time.”
Nessa Macias (@nessa_macias on natter) of California said, “Natter is now my go to app, even ahead of twitter and Instagram. It’s simpler in many ways and the friendly response I always get to posts is amazing. In 3 words: I love it!”
Natter can be accessed on the web at natter.com.
Apps are available for both iPhone and Android.
For more information or Natter images please contact:
We were overwhelmed by how well #travelsnaps went down so we have decided to run another weekly competition for September called #trendyhashtag.
1. Create a new, fun (and yes, crazy) hashtag or continue an old one.
2. Start to natter using this hashtag and include pictures and whichever hashtag has the most natters by the end of the week wins a lovely natter baseball cap!
3. You can’t use existing posts or copy natters that were posted when it was originally started.
We will announce the winners on a Tuesday.
Let the fun begin!
Thank you to everyone who sent in their #travelsnaps We’ve had hundreds of entries but there can only be one winner!
The top 5 entries are below in reverse order
And the winner is…….
We will be in touch shortly to send you your iPod Nano
We’d love to know what you thought of this competition, any feedback you give will make future competitions even more fun! Send us an email at email@example.com
We’re in to the final week of our #travelsnaps competition! Keep sending in your photos, anything posted before 5pm BST on August 31st (next Monday) will be entered.
There’s an iPod Nano up for grabs after all, why would you not enter?!
An update on the top 5 entries so far:
Keep your photos coming if you want to win the iPod!
Thank you to everyone who has entered our #travelsnaps competition so far. We’ve had a tonne of photos and they all look great!
The competition ends on August 31st, but we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of the top 5 posts so far
@TimMcNulty - 20 Kudos (Click here to see their post)
Just a reminder that we only look at the most liked photo, we don’t add up all of your kudos from all of your #travelsnaps entries
Keep those entries coming if you want to win the iPod Nano!
That’s right, we just can’t stop adding new features!
Because you are all so good at welcoming new natterers, we have introduced a new feature on the desktop version to help you continue with this. If you go to ‘Edit Profile’, right at the bottom you will see that you now have the option to ask to be notified when a new user posts for the first time. Simply tick the box and you will then be notified. Awesome right?
We hope you enjoy this
feature and keep up the good work natter community!
As you may have noticed, there are now a number of ‘natter robots’ now active. These will extract interesting tweets from those accounts and send them over to us at natter. If you would like to follow them, there usernames are as follows:
@HuffPostUK – Latest news from the popular site Huffington Post UK
@TheLadBible - ‘one of the largest communities for guys aged 16-30 in the world’.
@Oprahw – The latest from the world of Oprah Winfrey
@bObama – Latest tweets from the White House and the US President
@TechCrunch – For all you techies, all the latest gossip you need from the the tech world
@newsbot – UK and World news as it’s happening
@Instagram - Find out the latest pictures trending on Instagram
@happy - Here to give you a little lift throughout the day! Simply say hello to @happy and he will reply with a a three word pick me up to keep you motivated
@flippy – Turning your natter world upside down! Use @flippy in your natter and it will turn it on it’s head.
@qrcode – Get your personal natter profile QR code by nattering this robot
@weather - Ask @weather for today in a "#city" (add "tomorrow" in your natter to get the weather for the next day, you can ask for the temperature as well- just write "temperature" in your natter). i.e.: "@weather what temperature tomorrow #london" clever right?
These are designed to keep you in the loop and up to date with what is happening around the world, whilst nattering.
So, what do you think? We would love to hear your feedback!
Natter is growing in popularity: we’re now at 40 in the UK social network charts!
But with that popularity comes the occasional idiot who is different to 99%+ of the natter family and set on spoiling everyone’s day.
Your options when this happen are:
1 Ignore them (they crave attention so don’t give it to them)
2 Report them. There’s a flag top right on every profile on the apps so use that.
3 Block them. There’s a link under the Follow button on the website and we will add this to the apps soon.
At natter we care deeply about our community #natterfam so let us know what you think.
For example if you think we should rush to get the block into the app then tell us.
We are listening :)
As you will have seen, natter has had a few very exciting updates over the last few months/weeks. The natter team have been working extremely hard to make your nattering experience the best that it can be so here is just a quick update.
Your response to nattpics has been overwhelming! We are thrilled to see how much you have embraced this and we feel it gives natter a whole new and exciting dynamic and makes our community even stronger.
We have recently updated the FAQs so if you ever get stuck, especially natter newbies, please refer to these. If all else fails, feel free to drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This also applies if you are experiencing a problem with natter, it is always best to reach out to us via e-mail.
We hope you are getting to grips with the new look ‘explore’ tab. You can now clearly see who is head of the most liked natters, nattpics and who is currently reigning on the Kudos leader board. For more information on the ‘explore’ tab, head to the FAQ’s.
#PicOfTheWeek is the new competition we are holding every two weeks. To enter, all you need to do is take a cool picture and enter it using the #PicOfTheWeek hashtag. The winner will be announced on the Friday of that week at 2pm.
As ever, thank you for your continued support and happy nattering!
With summer getting ever closer, we have some wonderful natter baseball caps to give to you natterers.
If you have over 1000 Kudos, just follow these two steps:
1 Drop an email to email@example.com with your natter username.
2 Give us your address
3 Tell all your friends you are now the proud owner of a natter baseball cap and get them to join in the fun!
For anyone in mainland Europe, USA and Canada we will also cover the cost of postage.
For other parts of the world we may ask you to contribute to the cost of postage.
Offer will end on 29th May 2015. Keep nattering!
Natter prepares for further growth following significant further investment
Natter.com, the three word social network, today announced that it has received its second round funding from Downing LLP, the investor in fast growth UK businesses.
Natter challenges users to express themselves in just three words, making the experience more spontaneous than other social platforms. Natter has grown rapidly since launch in December to over 7000 registered users today.
Matt Penneycard from Downing says:
“The growth in social networks in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal and has driven real change in consumer behaviour. The thing we find fascinating about natter is that it has the potential to hook into that changing behaviour and vernacular. There is so much ‘noise’ that the ability to condense and distil the essence of a communication into three words is hugely appealing. This is reflected in the impressive growth that the company has experienced since launch.”
Further investment from Downing will allow natter to build and improve current offerings including updating the platform to provide more functionality and accessibility. Additional functions include the ability to embed images and links within ‘natters’, as well as being able to search for existing contacts already using the service.
Neil Stanley from Natter says:
“It is fantastic to have Downing on-board as an investor. Having only recently completed our seed round it was real confirmation of where natter is going to receive this approach from Downing. Matt and the team showed a real understanding of what we are doing and empathy with a team of entrepreneurs.”
Natter can be accessed on the web at natter.com. Apps are available for both iPhone and Android.
Notes to editors:
Downing Ventures is a division of Downing LLP which invests into early- and growth-stage technology businesses. Downing LLP is a London-based investment management firm. We help UK businesses grow by investing in them via our range of venture capital trust (VCT), enterprise investment schemes (EIS), inheritance tax (IHT), individual savings account (ISA) and open-ended investment company (OEIC) products. So far, over 20,000 investors have been a part of what we do, and we are proud to have raised and invested over £1 billion into businesses across a range of sectors, from renewable energy, care homes, health clubs, and children's nurseries, to app-technology, sports nutrition and earth satellite stations.
Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AL
020 7416 7780 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.downing.co.uk
We’ve still working hard on pictures (promise) but in the mean time we have an exciting update for you. As usual Android is now available but iOS is in the queue at Apple so should be live in about a week.
Fingers crossed we have sorted the Android crashing bug with this update (do let us know!)
The update includes the following things:
Automatic refreshing of pages when you open the app
A share button (for twitter and facebook) on the individual natter screen to allow you to share your favourite natters (please do)
More menu items in Explore including “Trending hashtags” and a “Newbie” menu
Widgets for iOS and Android
Apple Watch app for iOS. It’s our first attempt and we don’t even have a Watch yet so fingers crossed on that one.
We hope you like the updates and if you do please leave a positive rating in the app store.
When we launched natter in 2014 we thought we were onto something, but we really had no idea how users would actually take to it. So you can imagine we’ve been genuinely overwhelmed and delighted with what has happened.
The thing that has surprised us most is the real sense of community that has been created: friendships have been made and there is genuine empathy between most of the active users. I now feel (as I know many of you do too) that I have a wide circle of friends on natter. Most of you I didn’t know six months, before the #nattercommunity existed.
So if you’d indulge me I’d like to share with you details of what I’m up to over the next two weeks, on my break from the natter office.
I’ve just landed in Cape Town, South Africa, with my beautiful fiancée @aneauret. Ane is originally from South Africa and we’re getting married here next weekend. So this really is the trip of a lifetime.
Tomorrow the rest of my family will be arriving from the UK, my sister @bathbond sons @alex and @adam and nephews @cbond and Billy (too young to natter). We’re spending a few days doing tourism in Cape Town itself before then heading to a secret location. There we will meet the rest of Ane's family for the wedding on Easter Saturday, 4th April.
If you’d like to join with us in this amazing celebration then we’re using the natter hashtag #neilanewedding It would mean a lot to hear your best wishes on natter.
Thank you all
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Hi everyone. My name is Dan and I am chief of technology at natter. I wanted to share a little about our technology stack. Warning: this post is for tech heads! What follows may read like double dutch if you are not that way inclined!
natter runs on Rails 4, and ruby 2. We decided to use Rails because following its focus on convention-over-configuration, we were able to develop a working prototype of natter in 2 weeks. This allowed us to test our ideas and assumptions very quickly, and start the process of user feedback right from the get go.
Our data (your natters!) are stored in a Postgres database. Social networks are highly relational, so Postgres was an obvious fit, and is trusted and scalable. In the past I’ve used schemaless databases, but these do not suit social networks. Use what works!
The natter API, which runs inside our Rails app, is built with jbuilder and documented in apipie. It feeds our iOS and Android apps, and has the potential to be used by many other standalone apps in the future. There is also the possibility, given enough interest, to make part of the API public, so that people can build their own apps that interact with and post to natter.
Building on solid foundations, we feel confident that despite our fast growth, we can scale and keep up with you guys. Happy nattering!
What do you all think? Where should we draw the line (if at all)?
Welcome to the natter blog!
Thank you all for the great feedback that so many of you have sent: we love it :)
It’s clear you want to hear where natter is going so I’m going to share our plans with you here.
We want to hear from you, so please do add comments on the blog or post your own ideas.
Our plans for the natter apps in early 2015 are as follows: