11 thoughts on “Want better, not more connections? Check out Pipe”

  1. Thank you for sharing Om.
    I actually reached out to someone I hadn’t spoken to in a few years (old friend from first place I attended college; funny enough via LinkedIn before her looking me up on Facebook…although had I doubled her nickname I would’ve found her on facebook initially!) and this is something that I too have thought about doing in the past but never kept up on it (my rolodex is nowhere near the size of six months worth, so double kudos to you!)

    …I’m registering now so will let you know how it goes (not able to comment on your facebook post so will check back here)

      1. Om

        The sign up was smooth and I skipped the first suggested contact (to be reminded at a future date) and went ahead and sent a message to my uncle figuring it would be a good way to spread news on such a useful tool.

        I guess I’ll see what tomorrow’s inbox brings as I’m curious to know if it will pick up with the next person they had suggested or not.

  2. I can’t avoid judging them for what they don’t have: a privacy policy. I should be able to see a privacy policy before I let them have all of my social network contacts. Do they have one after you get logged in? How are they going to use the data? Are they selling it only in aggregate? Or not selling it at all?

    1. We’re big fans of The Locker project (http://lockerproject.org/) and believe very strongly in data privacy. We built Pipe on top of Singly at their hackathon this weekend, and at the moment don’t store any of your data on our own servers at all (which is why you have to relogin each time you visit the site). We didn’t have time to add a privacy policy yet, but will do so soon!

  3. The app appears to be non-functional at this point. The last post on their blog at http://blog.pipeapp.co/ suggests that they’re working on developing the app but provides no company contact information. I attempted to look them up, unsuccessfully.

    1. Hi Mark – we built Pipe for a hackathon this weekend, and we’ll be working on making improvements this week. The site should work as long as you login with Linkedin, but we’ll get the other authorization methods set up as soon as possible. You’re welcome to contact me (firstname.lastname at gmail) if there’s anything I can help with.

  4. My comments are meant to be by way of encouragement and not critique.

    Pipe is simple and simple can be magical. However, simple plus sharp bolsters the magic. Is there a way, via CSS or something, that the photo and lettering created on a Pipe page can be “sharp”.

    Even when there are just a few elements on a page, they need to be crystal clear. Why? Feng Shui. Everything is energy. Everything has impact on the viewer/user. Blurred images and less than crystal clear lettering creates a barrier, even if subconsciously. (A clear photo will magnetize You, to want to connect with that person.) The GUI is the portal to success.

    1. Great feedback, Rafiki, thank you! We’ll be working on the UI extensively as well for our first beta rollout. I hope you’ll have another look and see if we’ve nailed it.

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