There are some hard days where you just want to give up. Everybody has them and we’re no different. It’s how you handle these days that matters and while the VoiceOver rollout didn’t go exactly as planned, we’re taking this opportunity to learn and improve the Dabel platform.
While we’ve discussed the importance of making accessibility an enhancement, not an afterthought, we wanted to share some of the things we’ve learned from the Dabel 2.0 release.
These are the lessons we learned the hard way, but we’re so glad we did.
Meeting new people can be hard. Trying to break the ice, thinking of ways to start the conversation, nervously asking them questions can all take the wind out of your sails before you really get started. With all that anxiety, it’s no wonder finding meaningful conversations can be difficult. But what if all you had to do was think about what you want to talk about and find someone feeling the same thing?
The new Lounge Themes feature in Dabel provides a list of talking themes to pick from, to make it easier for a host to start a lounge…
As a platform that has always prioritized inclusiveness, the decision to launch Dabel 2.0 as an invite-only Testflight beta requiring was not one that was easy to make. However, considering all the factors in the app and community we are trying to build, we believe it was the right decision to make and we wanted to share with you why we decided to go this route.
Our aim is not to exclude people in order to create hype; our strong desire to create an open place for inclusive conversations made this a difficult decision. Ultimately, we came to the decision…
With planning for the new Dabel 2.0, we’ve had many discussions within the Dabel team about what Dabel is and what our goals should be. First, we went all the way to basics: how do we foster better conversations?
Members of our user community brought up numerous challenges and ideas, some that have already been implemented or planned, others we still haven’t been able to tackle.
Since the beginning, we’ve been guided by some core principles that still inform our decisions as we grow and develop new features. …
Take a listen to our audio press release (Dabel is an audio app after all):
On Clubhouse, the conversations that stand out are the ones done by celebrities and influencers, where they use the platform as a place to project their message to their listeners. On Dabel, the focus is on creating an open environment where everyone can join a conversation and be heard, regardless of stature or influence.
Conversation shouldn’t be exclusive to those with influence and we want to democratize the tool that is our voice. …
Dabel is building the most immersive and friendly social audio experience on the market today. “Dabel isn’t for influencers or celebrities,” says CEO Takahito Iguchi, “it’s for the other 99 percent.”
Social audio apps are made to be different from podcasts and traditional audio media, to be a place where people who are listening can also join the conversation. Yet, with some platforms, we’ve gotten stuck with the same old experience, where a few influencers get all the attention and users just end up being listeners.
Since the beginning of Dabel, we’ve wanted to take the conventional online audio experience and create a more open experience.
Moving forward, we will no longer be calling places where listeners and talkers gather as “streams,” and we will be now calling them “Lounges.” Past streams will now be called “Recordings.” Although things may look slightly different in the app, don’t worry, the functionality will be the same as before.
Because conversations on Dabel aren’t a one-way platform, we wanted to move forward with a name that conveys a place where users can gather and have dynamic conversations.
Starting with the upcoming update (v3.5.2), we will be requiring that all users have unique usernames for their accounts.
While this won’t have an immediate effect on existing users, it does mean that users will not be able to switch their username to one that is already taken. New users will also have to create a new username that is not in use yet.
New users will have to pick a user name that is not being used yet.
This is part of our transition towards locked and unique usernames on Dabel.
There were 2 main reasons for this change:
We are so excited to finally release the Message Board feature!
The Message Board is located in the profile section and is where you can leave text comments directly on someone’s profile. This is a great way to not only communicate when you’re not doing a stream, but also to set up a time to stream together!
Doki Doki has launched a campaign to grow to 100,000 users in 100 days, while maintaining community standards and user safety. Dabel allows users to host live audio streams that anyone can listen to, or even join the conversation.
Dabel currently has over 40,000 users with users spending an average of over 50 minutes a day on the app. …