We had a problem. We had just moved to Mountain View, but our girlfriends were still in Canada. We tried using text message, and Facebook to stay in touch, but we really felt like there should be a better way to stay in touch with our partners. We realized that we were sending over 90% of our messages to a single person using tools that were designed to send messages to everyone you know. There didn’t seem to be a better way. So we made one 🙂
Pair is a brand new messaging app that we like to refer to as Super SMS. Our goal is to make Pair the first thing that pops into your mind when you want to share something with your partner. These days, it’s not only text messages that you want to share, but also photos, video, your location, and even things like sketches. Instead of treating these other types of messages like second class citizens, we treat them the same as text messages. This creates a very fun and intimate timeline between you and your partner, and helps you feel close even when you’re apart.
Our other goal with Pair was to provide some real-time features so that you know your partner is looking at the same thing as you are, at the very same time. ThumbKiss is a feature that lets you see where your partner’s finger is on the screen, and when your thumb meets theirs, both of your iPhones will vibrate. It’s the next best thing to a real kiss! We also included a fun feature called Live Sketch, where you and your partner can sketch together in real-time. Our users love this for things like playing Tic-tac-toe.
We also have some great utility features as well. Using Pair, you can send your location to your partner with the push of a button. This works great for meeting up with your partner at a new place, or just letting them know you got home safe. We’ve also added a great feature called Shared Tasks. This is a todo list that you both share so that you can remind your partner to pick up some milk on the way home!
We’ve have a few more feature that couples will love, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I’ll let you discover those yourself 🙂
We’d love to hear your feedback, so send any comments/suggestions/complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pair is free, and available in the iPhone App Store today!