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I've learned something astonishing through the use of my music business page on Facebook:

When I take out an advertisement (Facebook Ad) I get feedback as to how people interact with my post. 

I recently had a paid ad post which was "engaged" or "viewed" by over 40,000 people.

According to the follow-up Facebook report, OVER 95% of those people accessed the ad by using a mobile device. 

Only 5% used a standard computer. 

I wonder: can OC thrive or even survive without having a user-friendly app developed for mobile devices? 

Also, if a special fund were to be established to fund the development of such an app, would you be willing to contribute to the fund, and if so, approximately how much would it be worth to you in a one-time donation?

I do  not have the right to solicit funds or even establish this as a fund to which others can contribute.

I'm asking preliminary questions so that the community can have the chance to discuss the matter, and see if anyone else believes this is an important issue for us. 

In Christ Jesus,

Gordie

"And the Lord God said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him." Genesis 2:18 Saint Athanasius Academy Septuagint (SAAS)

God bless you Gordy for always being there and keeping the faith as many of us fail.


This needs to be reseached and a prority!


GOD BLESS- Wynn

Always In Christ
Wynn ~ Thimios

Hi Gordie


Wow, I had totally forgotten about OrthodoXCircle. I had to reset my password to get back into the site. An app might be a great addition. I really have not been around on this site to know who is still active. 

Thanks for your replies, John and Wynn!


I remember when we  used to interact with each other almost daily. 


May God bless and lead us as we consider the possibilities.


Gordie

"And the Lord God said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him." Genesis 2:18 Saint Athanasius Academy Septuagint (SAAS)

Dear Gordie,


Thank you for your enduring support of OC and constructive ideas. OC actually did have an app on the Apple store. The app was launched in 2014. The company that helped me develop it ended up closing its doors. So I had to take it offline because I didn't have the needed technical and financial support to continue development and improvements. 


Recently,  the site underwent another visual redesign which you are seeing now.  There are still some bugs here and there that need to be fixed (much like yours truly) but the nice thing about this new design is that it is responsive. Responsive design means that the site and everything it offers can be viewed on various screen sizes, including your smartphone's browser (safari or chrome) as well as tablets, laptops and of course large computer monitors.  The site simply resizes to the screen it is being viewed on. On very small screens, e.g. smartphones, some other navigation elements appear to make the site menu and any content in the left and right columns accessible. 

So, in other words, it is my hope that this new, responsive design version of the site which makes OC accessible via any mobile device, tablet or computer,  makes having an app unecessary.


The other challenge with developing an app and maintaining it on an ongoing basis, is that any new features which I may dream up have to be developed twice...once for the website version and again for the app version, because these are two different technologies. The cost of ongoing app development makes this difficult for me since, as you know, OC is completely self-funded, with the exception of a few generous donors such as yourself.  Therefore, my ongoing development of this new design includes incorporating many mobile-friendly elements. For example, if you login to the site from your mobile browser or tablet, you can now playback  the audio/songs that members upload. Before, the player was using Flash technology which wasn't supported by iOS.

The chat is another feature that wasn't possible before on the previous version of OC and even through the app.  The new chat can also be accessed on any mobile device. 

As you know, OC has been a labor of love for a long time. I ask the Lord to bless my work and make this ministry a helpful resource for the faithful. But I also realized some time ago that another social network is simply not enough. Facebook does a great job and many Orthodox people, ministries and churches use it to their advantage. While OC will always provide a similar social networking experience as one can find on Facebook (without the ads and tracking) , my new goal is to transform OC into a place we can learn about the Orthodox Faith through emerging media.  I need your prayers and support because the things I want to do will require financial resources. 

For the next couple of weeks, I'm working on getting all the bugs fixed and making sure the site is functioning properly on every device. I am also looking into forming a non-profit  for OC so that I can apply for grants and solicit donations on a more substantial level. 

I also believe in keeping a grass-roots approach as much as possible. Members of OC that want to support my work and the new offerings on the horizon will have an opportunity to pitch-in through forthcoming fundraising appeals.  


Thank you again for bringing up this topic and rallying support for OC. Please take some time to try out the site on a mobile browser and write to me with any feedback or bugs you find.  
 
Wishing you all a Blessed New Year!

Fr. Ninos





Father Ninos Oshaana<br />Founder, OrthodoXCircle

It seems (on Android smartphone) the only way I can reply, dear Father, is to choose "quote".


Still, you are correct in that the site does resize well on smartphone. 


Perhaps one option is to share the site mobile link with as many Orthodox friends as possible.


Unfortunately, this text box is difficult to use, so I hope my reply gets through.


In Christ, Gordie.



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"And the Lord God said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him." Genesis 2:18 Saint Athanasius Academy Septuagint (SAAS)

I would be willing to contribue! I would love to have OC on my Iphone to access during my breaks at work, etc. 

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