Introducing the Vocal App

by Justin Maury 2 months ago in product updates · updated 2 months ago
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It's finally here...

2022 has been a year of explosive growth for Vocal. At the heart of our product strategy, we have remained laser-focused on building social-oriented features to foster community across the platform. A perfect highlight of this was the recent release of our most requested feature, Comments. With over 25,000 comments exchanged and counting, this feature was the most quickly adopted in Vocal history.

As momentum continues to build in our community, we feel there is no better time than now to release our most highly anticipated product development. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are launching the beta version of the Vocal app.

After years of creators asking “when?”, we are honored to share our biggest release yet with our most valued community of creators. Vocal+ members will be the first to experience the Vocal app with exclusive early access.

What to expect

Based on the insights and feedback we’ve gathered through the years since Vocal’s inception, the first version of our app is focused on readers. It provides everyone the ability to easily discover curated stories, support creators, and participate in engaging conversation. The app will unlock a whole new level of community engagement that we are confident will translate into more reads for creators, more subscribers, more connectivity, and more opportunities for conversations to blossom and partnerships to emerge.

In the first release, you will have the ability to:

  • Like and share stories
  • Follow your favorite creators by subscribing
  • Join the conversation through commenting
  • Customize your library and check your feed for new stories

Future roadmap

This first release is just the beginning. In creating our roadmap, we are always considering what features will provide the greatest value to our creators. We are eager to share a slate of powerful features poised to further solidify Vocal as the homebase for creators. Below are some of the features we are working on:

Activity Feed: An in-app notification system that provides real-time alerts to users when actions such as likes, new subscribers, comments, and new story publishing take place.

Vocal Coins: A new payment system inside Vocal, which tokenizes our in-app currency, and will include updates to how tips, pledges, and all payments on Vocal take place.

Creator Chat: The ability for pledged subscribers to communicate directly with creators they are supporting, through live chat built directly into Vocal.

Subscriber Only Stories: The ability for creators to share stories only to their subscribers, incentivizing audience growth and revenues for creators.

Audio Stories: We are exploring ways for stories to transform from text to audio, where written stories can turn into podcasts, through text-to-speech technology. This feature is perfect for consuming Vocal anywhere on the go.

More Personalized Story Feeds: We take pride in our curation, but as we continue to grow our reader base through the Vocal app, we are making improvements to put the best quality stories in front of creators on an individual level.

Dark Mode: The first release of the app features a clean white aesthetic that matches our site. If you are a fan of dark mode, you can rest assured that it is coming soon.

Android App: Although the beta is only available to iOS users, we have love for Android too. We expect to release the Android version of the app in August, fingers crossed.

How to get the beta

If you are a Vocal+ member, you will receive an email from the Vocal Team inviting you to join the open beta. The beta is only available to Vocal+ creators with an iOS device.

In order to get the app, there are two steps:

  1. Download TestFlight, Apple’s testing application, from the App Store.
  2. Join the beta by clicking the ‘Get the App’ button in the email invitation.

Once the app is downloaded via TestFlight, you can access the Vocal app from your home screen at any time.

Your feedback matters

We are particularly excited to give early access to the app to Vocal+ members because we believe the feedback of our most loyal users is critical to shaping the future of the app. Sending feedback from within the app is easy using the steps below.

  1. Take a screenshot by clicking the buttons on the side of your phone.
  2. Tap the preview of the screenshot while it is in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. This will open the photo editor.
  3. Tap the share icon in the top right corner of the editor.
  4. Tap the 'Share Beta Feedback' button (found below the 'Copy' button).
  5. Write your feedback where it says ‘Tell us about your experience’.
  6. Tap 'Submit' in the top right corner of the screen. This will send the feedback directly to our developers!

When will the app be available to everyone?

The app will be available for download from the App Store in mid-August. We can’t wait to share our app with the larger Vocal community and public.

This app release is a labor of love and something we’ve been looking forward to internally since Vocal was born. As always, let us know what you think in the comments below and keep creating. There’s a new generation of readers waiting to discover your original content through the Vocal app.

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Justin Maury

Founder and President of Creatd (Nasdaq: CRTD), the parent company of the Vocal platform.

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  • Yeah Coutant3 days ago

    I hope the presentation is more detailed

  • Grilli Fromong3 days ago

    Technology

  • Feven G2 months ago

    Hi Can you resend the app email you sent out to me before ? I received it but the email link doesn’t work and it keeps crashing

  • Erin Shields2 months ago

    The biggest thing I wanted to see from Vocal after they announced tips and then pledges was for them to then allow us to reward those who have supported us. I was really hoping they’d move in a similar direction to sites like Ko-Fi. The most sustainable way in my opinion for a writer to make money outside of publishing is to offer locked content behind a paywall and Vocal was sort of becoming sidelined for me because it didn’t offer a paywall option now I can move everything over to Vocal as it’s a complete package and use my Ko-Fi for other projects. I can’t wait til they release this feature. I’m also interested in seeing how the Vocal coins currency works out. Definitely a big step in the right direction.

  • Emily Dickerson2 months ago

    I'm excited for the app, but I want to know when we will be able to block creators' content from showing up in our feeds? I have particular communities or topics that don't interest me (or outright disgust me) and I don't want to engage with them. When will Vocal give us the customizable feeds that we desire?!

  • A.V. West2 months ago

    It's only available for iPhones? When will this be available on the Google Play Store?

  • Mark-John Clifford2 months ago

    I lost my invitation. Can you resend me one so I can get onboard? Thanks.

  • Mustafa Albazy2 months ago

    Please make the app to auto scale on iPad. There are so many who read on iPads specially the mini which is a great all-rounder ereader besides being an ipad.

  • I would love to have a feature that make it easy to share my stories on other platforms. if at all possible, adding a share button of some sort would be super helpful for writers to get more readers. Dropping a link doesn't always work very well. If you're already planning this, then never mind. I'm very much looking forward to this app.

  • Aaron Brown2 months ago

    The reason I don’t like medium’s app is I can’t write from their app. And it looks like the reason I’m about to not like vocal’s app is the same reason. What is up with these lazy programmers being unable to code up a simple text editor?

  • linxu gao2 months ago

    The current audit time is really too long, which is totally different from the background support saying that the audit will be completed within 24 hours. I hope the progress will be faster.

  • Yuley Burrow2 months ago

    You said early access to vocal + users but you also said first roll out is IOS, what about V+ users who use android? By the time it gets to us the app is already public.

  • Chloe Gilholy2 months ago

    How do you write on the vocal app?

  • Daniel Pierce2 months ago

    Greatly looking forward to this, but I’ve yet to receive an invitation. If anyone here can direct me to the best method to ensure I do, it’d mean a great deal.

  • Dan Gee2 months ago

    AND on the feedback, I do think some critical feedback would be good as an optional thing. Make it anonymous and only if the writer wants it, so people can state what they didn't like about stuff. For example, if I don't say it is well proof-read, it isn't saying it is badly proof-read, which could well be the case and would be helpful for the author.

  • Dan Gee2 months ago

    Be cool if you could simply upload a Gdoc etc. Formatting italics etc is a bit annoying when you have to do it twice! And let's not talk about line spacing.

  • Mark Graham2 months ago

    Vocal Coins will be great, but what if you are not a Vocal+ writer will this work with regular Vocal writers.

  • Jenia Silver2 months ago

    I'm interested to learn how to grow an audience. I have a few series I'm working on now, that I hope can reach more people. Not even my local paper will respond to an email for contractor pay and publication rights. I am college educated and new to getting responses from an online community. Thanks for good information about Vocal.Media.

  • Georgi Annaelle2 months ago

    Will it be available for Android users soon?

  • E M2 months ago

    Commenting from the app now 😊 so far so good for me but I agree with one of the below comments about a ‘homepage’ instead of going straight to top stories when you first log in. I love Vocal - well done on the app creation!

  • Crystal A. Walker2 months ago

    So far, I’m liking the app and making this comment directly from my phone! I’m looking forward to trying it on my iPad.

  • Ceirra Evans2 months ago

    Tried the beta and it crashes everytime

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