A year ago I deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone. I didn’t like the attention hijacking, or the never-ending feed surfing, or how they made me feel.
Looked around for a more minimalist platform I could use to stay connected to family and friends. Couldn’t find one, so started building one.
Sundayy is a social network centered around mindful reflection. It is designed to be checked just once a week, on Sunday.
Mon - Sat: You’re prompted to slow down, reflect, and write about what the day has brought you. Once you reflect, that’s it. Reflections are kept secret. There are no feeds to check.
Sunday: Reflections for the week are revealed. You can look back on your friend’s and family’s week as they lived it; day by day, in their own words.
My husband and I have been building Sundayy together while using it with close family and friends. Has become a nice ritual to read reflections over a tea on Sunday morning, then call family/friends from there.
I had a similar personal project a while back to just send out emails to people with my "social update" on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis. People would opt-in to the email and select the frequency from a form on my personal website, and on my end I would get a reminder to send out my weekly update. It ended up being a bit buggy and a hassle to manage, and I'm planning to rewrite it soon. I bet if you built this feature into the app, you could organically grow the user base, as users would be able to still send Sunday reflections to certain emails and that email could have a link to download the app.
I think the audience for an app like this is people like me, who want to free themselves from social media altogether. I'm thrilled to see people working on the dopamine addiction that Twitter/Facebook/etc feed on, and wish you the best of luck on this venture!
Also, if you're looking for some free serverless code to power the idea I mentioned above, let me know how I should get that to you.
That is a very good idea re emailing the weekly update. Ironically we started with it being email based, then switched to the in app “buddies” (addable via a buddy code). Switched because people didn’t have an immediate email list, but definitely want to add this back in!
Thank you for the feedback, if you give Sundayy a go please let me know what you think - firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Data privacy is something we can be more explicit about (thank you for highlighting this - will work on it). Re developers, it’s just my husband and I at the moment, and we’re just building it because we want it to exist.
If you want to email me any questions/concerns, I’m email@example.com :)
Do you provide this information to third parties?
But worth remembering. A huge chunk of the world works on Sunday. E.g Middle East has its week days Sunday to Thursday.
> Reflections are kept secret.
> Reflections for the week are revealed. You can look back on your friend’s and family’s week...
It might be better to change it to "Reflection are kept secret until Sunday."
This might seem like a little issue, but it's not. All it takes is one over eager person to join the app in haste, not really read how it works, post some embarrassing secret thinking it will be kept secret and then become mortified when it's revealed. Then they will raise a storm online and your app will be known as something that causes drama rather than alleviates it.
Having used Sundayy for a few months with friends and family the quality of content is much higher, I believe this is because it encourages you to keep a much smaller and intentional list of buddies. It also doesn’t require you to keep your Facebook account.
I hope this usage pattern gains some traction.
I wanted to stay on social media to keep up with important stuff going on with my closer friends and family. Engagements, holiday snaps, birthdays, ect. Basically, I had Fomo.
The problem was that I was spending an hour a day scrolling through, mostly ads and low quality news on my feed. I think my last actual post was over 5 years ago.
With Sundayy I know that if anything actually important happens I will find out about it on Sunday. The delayed gratification is refreshing, in a world where everything else is just a click away.
The other benefit is I now have an extra 7 hours a week that I didn't spend mindlessly scrolling.
>We may share Your personal information in the following situations:
With Service Providers, For business transfers, With Affiliates, With business partners
I can't get down with that.
On behalf of a psychological viewpoint, every human tells 2 narratives. One to belong to a group, seeking an image he wants to be seen as, and, an inner one, reflecting on behaviours with utmost honesty to one self in order to mature\grow.
Sharing personal insights while knowing anyone could read your thoughts later on, twists your notes in a misleading direction, I find. This kept me from journaling 20 years in fear someone could neglect myself on behalf of my notes\points\feelings\ideas written down.
In this high speed, working environment today, we rarely take time to reflect, and when we do, taking notes, shouldn't be a privacy lost way to do that.
Some months ago I started with 2 friends regular and self-honest check'ins. Every one does daily journaling for him\herself and only presents insights about themselves, not to proof anything to the group, nor getting something out, bit to have the courage to speak out to oneselfs with courage what new viewpoint has been gathered lately on one selfs behaviour.
Start that with that.
Pick beloved ones nearby, ask them if they are interested in having such an interview, encouraging oneself and others and you start maturing (I find myself). No online social network needed.
We've amended the policy, and added this statement so things are clear.
Sundayy does not, and never will, rent or sell your personal data to any third party for any purpose (including advertising or marketing purposes) nor do we, or will we, permit targeted advertising on our Service. We only share personal information with third party service providers under limited circumstances as described in the section below.
The types of interactions that you only want to share with a small crowd or a few friends.
All that goes out the window if you're just going to sell all my personal thoughts that you want me to share with my friends.
Autmaticly generate A summary from their instagram / facebook for example.
Android version in review with google as we speak (I built it).
In Vermont there’s a very popular social network called Front Porch Forum that collects posts and only issues them once a day, it seems like adding time delays and eliminating fast replies is a good circuit breaker to defuse toxicity.
We are thinking that on Sunday when reading others reflections, you’ll be able to view “your story”, which will be that full history (currently you can see your reflections too, but just for the week).
Glad to hear you’ve signed up! We will commit to having this built before this Sunday so you can use it going forward :P
We are just running on a 2 Heroku dynos so it’s cheap for now. High hosting costs would be an exciting future problem!
1. Can there be a way to see which contacts in my contact book have accounts?
2. the add profile pic feature just isn't working at all for me
3. There should be a username system where you can set custom usernames
love the idea!
I can be friends with whomever, but only see reflections from specific people or groups?
I've pretty much stopped using most social media, because the level of noise that is put into my feed (ads, manipulative "news", etc) drops the signal to noise ratio and I have no ability to curtail it.
Everyone you are buddies with can see your reflections, and you can see theirs. It’s best for family and close friends :)
It’s all signal, no noise. Sundayy is the only social network I use now. Removed all the others from my phone :)