Andrew Boon

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Since the year 2000 our team is working with social networking software, online communities, online dating, communication apps and everything around.

Personally, I am very passionate about social software and the potential for the positive impact it may bring. I love talking to idea-people and helping to launch meaningful online community projects. I am here at UNA.io all the time, so feel free to start a conversation, or talk to me in the messenger. If you prefer the old-fashioned e-mail route - it's ab@una.io for myself and support@una.io for the team.

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It's merely a number - yet another year, just like any other year before it. Yet, somehow the roundness and neatness of the "2020" add to the perceived significance of what we must make of this "new" year. We are not even a week in yet, but globally 2020 is already worthy of history books. Zooming in to what we do as part of the UNA community, the year 2020 is will have to become a landmark moment too - the year of opportunity. 

Honeymoon is Over

UNA is a relatively new platform. The core system functionality took a while to develop, while the front-end modules and features have only had a couple of years to evolve and grow so far. In a way, this early period allowed us some freedom - we could iterate fast, add a lot with each update and sometimes get away with less-than-polished releases. After all, it was just the beginning. 

Now, however, we have a robust set of modules, active community and around 1,000 live sites running on UNA. The development has to shift priority from sheer feature-development pace to focused evolution in speed, security, reliability and user experience improvements. 

The honeymoon is over. Now is the time to strengthen the foundation and build on with full presence and responsibility. 

The World is Changing

Any change brings about great potential. The social media industry is changing faster than ever now. We see new large players emerging, the exodus from Facebook is real, and most importantly - more and more community-leaders realise that they don't have to give up control in the process of achieving their dreams. That is the wave we must ride. It's not even a matter of choice. It's a responsibility. 

UNA Mission

We build a tool that unites people. Our mission, ultimately, is to unite people by empowering community leaders. Here is why it is so important to us.

Every human person is a unique mix of interests, personal qualities, life circumstances, achievements and social connections. Just like our differences can distance us, our similarities can help us connect, unity and amplify shared impact. Moreover, most people are inherently good, kind and well-meaning. If we recognise that there is always something we have in common, something we can collaborate on, share and enjoy together, notwithstanding any disagreements, the world can quickly change to better. 

Internet is an excellent tool - a tool of unparalleled potential for social change and individual transformation. Unfortunately, most of the modern social media sharing and communication is concentrated into a handful of generic silos. Like super-markets, these giants took control and set their own generic rules of engagement for the majority of netizens. They substituted diversity with individual echo-chambers, which reflect and reinforce one's existing sentiments.

The raison d'être for UNA is not just about building a great community platform. It is about helping to unite people in diverse ways - build unique communities that drive subject-specific causes. 

2020 Goals

In 2020 we will further zoom in on this mission and will adjust our strategy accordingly. We plan to make initial deployment more accessible; offer trials and "pay-for-updates-only" modules pricing; build more for educational space and encourage original content publishing. 

As for the state of the platform itself, we'd like to change gears and prioritise revisions over new features. 2020 will be a year faster, more stable, more streamlined and user-friendly UNA. 

Stay connected.

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The Messenger is an increasingly important module in UNA, and we want to make it really fast, seamless and capable. The next update will feature updated UI, new text editor, new file uploaders, new emoji library and some other features and fixes which we will announce next week. Here's a quick preview of what we've got so far:

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This tweet may become the single most important announcement for our industry in the last 10 years, or ever.

If we can finally have a decentralised protocol for social media, the world of niche social networks is going to flourish and the world will be a better place. Twitter team deserves big round of applause even just for sharing this intention.

I am reaching out to them to try and participate however we can. Here is a good sign...

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Testing iOS app v1.3.2 in TestFlight - feels a bit faster and fixes issues with image downloads and freezing. Should be approved by Apple any day now, and Source code is already in GitHub ready for download and compiling. 

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Here is some magic straight from ... 

Watch carefully and consider the potential.  😁

Hint: it's bigger than any other feature we have ever added 🤓

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Watch the Search Engine Optimisation overview - basic steps and tips for a newly-installed community based on UNA. While most of the ideas discussed in the video are quite obvious and simple, we observe a surprising number of UNA-powered sites not taking advantage of basic SEO configuration. 

More advances tricks, ideas and techniques will be discussed in future tutorials. Please, share your SEO secrets in the comments - sharing secrets is good for you 😉 - together we can push for UNA to become the most SEOptimised framework in the world!

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Keep it real!

Videos discussing common questions and challenges that we face, and how we make decisions based on a simple principle - keeping it real.  What looks good "on-paper" may not be the same as what works best in real-life situations. Through our experience of building social networking software for over 17 years, we've learned a lot about "the big questions". In this series, I talk about these in details, in a causal manner, while driving around and doing daily chores. Keeping it real.  #keepitreal

Quick tests, examples and greetings.

This album is for short videos or fill-in images used as examples elsewhere. 

Tutorials

Various #tutorials, mostly #video, all for UNA. 

Random Musings

Sharing everything we do, plan and think. In a not-too-formal way. 
My Polls

Change default Homepage configuration for fresh installation - https://github.com/unaio/una/issues/2492

Adding "weight" answers in Polls (from -5 tp +5). https://github.com/unaio/una/issues/2491

Add WebRTC video-conferencing to Messenger without Jitsi or other full-stack libraries?

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What is your favourite template? Please share your reasons in comments. 

Which one do you think is better - comments with cards...Or comments without cards, but with a highlight on-hover...Please comment with reasons for your choice. Thank you!

We are adopting the "THEME-BASED PRODUCT ROAD MAPS" method for UNA development. Vote for your #1 choice of THEME to help us define priority. We plan to focus on each theme for a month over the next...

What kind of text #editor (if any) do you think should be used in a #Messenger?

No editor, just plain text.
 
28 votes  (40.58%)
Pure contentEditable standard browser tools.
 
10 votes  (14.49%)
Pure Markdown or BBcode
 
5 votes  (7.25%)
Editor based on contentEditable with WYSIWYG-style interface.
 
13 votes  (18.84%)
WYSIWYG editor.
 
13 votes  (18.84%)

What is your preferred shape of #profile #pictures?  Please, elaborate on your choice in comments.

Circle
 
68 votes  (59.65%)
Square
 
20 votes  (17.54%)
Rounded Square
 
26 votes  (22.81%)

What general #direction do you think UNA #development should be focused on in the next 2-3 months?

User experience improvement
 
20 votes  (45.45%)
Performance and loading speed
 
5 votes  (11.36%)
More features and apps
 
16 votes  (36.36%)
Studio settings improvements
 
2 votes  (4.55%)
Easier on-boarding & configuration workflow
 
1 votes  (2.27%)
Other (leave comment)
 
0 votes  (0%)

Which method of #communication is most popular on your site?

Discussions (asynchronous; public or group; committed subject).
 
11 votes  (18.64%)
Conversations (asynchronous; private or group; variable subject).
 
8 votes  (13.56%)
Messenger (synchronous or delayed; private, group or public; spontaneous or no subject).
 
34 votes  (57.63%)
Comments (asynchronous; public; committed subject).
 
6 votes  (10.17%)
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In UNA v11 we'll have: reactions stats popup showing all types in tabsreactions and comments st…
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We currently charge $50/mo for access to all UNA PowerApps installation and updates. UNA core and Co…
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