Just wanted to share the release of version 2 (+Events & +Public notifications) of IPster.
Website is still basic so don't beat me on that. Once there is some clarity, landing page will get better. See this for a quick overview:
Outside of HN, I got a lot of feedback, many different ideas and opinions, one common theme I picked up was that contextual conversation and the ability to converse privately on a given topic was well received. Heard that one person wanting to use IPster to organise 'Reiki' sessions ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Given the kind of usage; I have implemented 'Events'. Events are notification with an attached timestamp. Recipients of such notification can mark them as 'attending' which sets an alarm (a push notification for iOS and Android) to be sent 30min before the start time.
No matter what type of notification, a job, a question or event, you have the ability to discuss with context.
Think of a simple event like dev meetup, where you can let people know and discuss before, during and after the event.
The second addition is 'Public' notifications. In addition to 'All my followers' and 'Selected followers' you can now create notifications which are public. Public notifications are visible on your profile page and help users see what you are sharing before they decide to follow you. In future these can be used for better user discovery and ipster.io feeds. Use public notifications to gain more following if you like. There are some related features coming in future releases, I will share the roadmap in next few days on the site.
IPster is supported by my other projects so this can go on for years supporting a large number of users.
If Ipster is really useful, business model will also evolve.
* Search kicks in properly at 3 characters, but removing a character (so aaa <- aa) produces results
* Same UUID used for invite links and profile images (may not actually be a 'problem' at all) - as a result of this and the wording of the 'follow invite' popup, I can give the impression that someone has invited someone else to follow them I guess? 
* Fully editable notifications with no signs of edit or history - makes context a little weird potentially
Other than this it'd be nice to have an opt-in follow option (so I get to approve followers) - along with discovery of followers/followed for contacts? Not sure how far that extends beyond app scope though, at least without becoming another LinkedIn :D
 Example: IPster.io account image = https://app.ipster.io/api/f/avatar/npWDSXiTsWVpSNFO95Oh7z3eC...
 IPster.io invite link = https://app.ipster.io/invite#npWDSXiTsWVpSNFO95Oh7z3eCy13
 Wording is "IPster.io has sent you a request to follow", which may/may not be misleading :P
> * Search kicks in properly at 3 characters, but removing a character (so aaa <- aa) produces results
I see, yeah there is some work needed there :)
> * Same UUID used for invite links and profile images (may not actually be a 'problem' at all) - as a result of this and the wording of the 'follow invite' popup, I can give the impression that someone has invited someone else to follow them I guess?
So to build your own network, you would share this link with others so they can easily find you and follow. But I see what you mean, probably wording needs to be adjusted.
> * Fully editable notifications with no signs of edit or history - makes context a little weird potentially
Its a good idea, so something like wiki/confluence edit history?
The problem I see with that; what if I made a mistake and I did not want anyone to see that. Since the topic of job search can be sensitive, I am not sure if edit history would be desirable?
At this stage it shows that sender has edited the notification.
And to your last point. It's very hard to keep things simple and as you said, without making it another linked in.
For now, you can block users. I went for twitter model instead of facebook/linkedin. But that combined with email/messaging kind of threaded/focussed discussion.
I think there are some really great points here.
I had no idea about the edit mark tbh - don't think I checked properly ;) cool that makes sense - history perhaps not as much as just signs of editing sounds like a decent balance.
Very very cool - perhaps with follower approval it could just be a mutual follow check. So if my notifications are 'closed' and you follow me, then I need to follow you back to 'approve'. Feels pretty frictionless. :)
Thanks again for a super cool tool!
Might be easier said than done as well. :D please shoot me down as necessary :)
I can assure you that for the next version there will be something along these lines.
One of the thoughts we had:
Let users add their followers to the named/virtual groups which can be configured or changed anytime. Something like 'trusted', 'my previous company', 'friends' etc..
And while creating a notification: You have options 'All my followers', 'Selected followers' and a new option 'selected group(s) -> and you select one or more group'
One small thing: Searching "ipster" in the Apple App Store searches for "hipster". Unsurprisingly there are many apps with "hipster" in their name. It took me a while to realize that I had to click on "Search for ipster instead" to find your app.
Nothing wrong with that but this approach has no context and hard to organise.
I always wondered, it would be nice to discuss things with some context and privacy. I don't know about you but I usually do not post public messages on linkedin or twitter when I am employed and looking for the next gig..
After speaking with some of my friends and colleagues, I think (or atleast they were nice enough to make me feel that way) there is a need for such a network.
Give it a go and see what you think. This is here to stay, will keep evolving so any constructive feedback is really appreciated.
Your idea seems similar to this service
Thanks for sharing
I have doubts that there'd be a good uptake on this as a "job hunt" app, but it has this fantastic potential for creating multicast networks centered around other topics or interests. From cooking, to music, to architecture, etc. Heck, it may even be something as generic as "stuff I find interesting". Sort of like an RSS reader with a feedback loop. A content discovery app, basically. If you have a good taste in X, you will get a following of those interested in X.
Though, as per usual, this will then loosen its focus and make it less appealing to those after a specific function, like a job search.
Also, noticed a bug in the app on iOS where you sign up and then get taken to the Timeline for the first time. If you slide back for whatever intuitive reason, you get taken back to the login screen and you can’t login unless you fully close and reopen the app.
Regarding the slogan or phrase; it's a start, I am getting a lot of feedback here and on other channels. Will come up with something better to get the message across. Also, the landing page will be redesigned to help understand the product better.
I will think of another 'public' way to have you participate better.
Will keep an eye on it.
The initial idea was to help short term contractors and friends/colleagues helping each other.
But I believe IPster should evolve in to something what people want it to be. It just have to be useful.
Notifications in IPster are like topics. Recipients decide if they wanna engage in group discussion or start a private 1:1 chat 'on that topic'.
These chat threads are attached to the notification, so even if you are chatting 1:1 your chats are organised and connected to the job notification.
Once you will start using you will find more to it. Like you can recall a notification, when you do so; you can still keep the discussion history but the discussion is closed.
Also, for a network like IPster you dont necessarily want or have people in your phone address book, you dont need a phone number, either yours or someone you wanna connect to.