Why KitWall? We get asked this question sometimes. Coming to think of it, we think it’s pretty obvious. We are all savvy users of Email, Facebook, WhatsApp, Texting and such other applications. These have been very useful and we are all used to communicating with our contacts effectively with them. So far so good!
Then come the time to keep people informed of things that happen such as updates, calls for meetings, newsletters, subscriptions and such. These are not people we like to keep as contacts on our phone or as friends on our social media account. We don’t want them to get too interested in our affairs like checking our profile or looking up people we are connected to. These may be contacts like the members in a PTA or the players you are coaching or campaign workers you are managing, for instance. There are a myriad of such needs that we like to keep off our mobile phone contacts but still like to communicate with. KitWall is the right app for these applications.
Then comes the case of a need for a communications channel where we like to keep a low support burden. If the channel of communication is like a chat room or a private or a public group the interactions possible are too numerous needing a lot of moderation and oversight. High maintenance, that we are not prepared for. KitWall is perfect to keep it low maintenance! Very little noise!
KitWall allows a wall admin to publish to her/his users and allows for a communication back to the admins. It doesn’t allow users to communicate among themselves. This is perfect for applications where a message needs to be published to the users instantly on their mobiles.
Walls can be Public or Private. Public walls can be subscribed by anyone. Private walls need a passcode to allow permission to subscribe. The wall creator/administrators can change the wall passcode at any time. People will need the new passcode to subscribe from then on. The old subscribers do not need to know the new passcode to continue being subscribers. This offers interesting options to have good control on subscriptions. For example, a teacher can set a passcode and share with his students and change the passcode at the end of the class (provided that all the interested students have subscribed).
This allows for one to allow subscribers from an event. One of the design goals for KitWall is “easy subscriptions”. We liked to avoid entering long lists of phone numbers or email addresses.