Open for help

Posted on 3/02/2010 by Natalia Martos Director of Legal and Privacy

For us, privacy is a fundamental argument. Everything we do is directed towards creating a safe and trustworthy atmosphere for our community of users. Because of this, we'd like to share with you an important step in our social development.

We've inaugurated a help space on Tuenti that will compile and share everything related to privacy and safety on Tuenti. This new service will allow our users and anyone else online to learn about our safety protocols and view recommendations for safer browsing.

We've also included some external resources for online privacy and best practices, made available by Spanish institutions such as the Defensor del Menor (Ombudsman for Children), Red.es or the AGPD.  We encourage you from now on to visit our new pages on Tuenti and share your thoughts with us.

How we got tuenti onto your iPhone

Posted on 3/02/2010 by Miguel Lara Encabo iPhone Developer / Senior FrontEnd Engineer

Now you can share your social experience with friends on Tuenti through your iPhone or iPod Touch.  We've integrated the entire Tuenti experience - best friends, photos, chat conversations, messages… - with an application that will allow you to keep up with all that matters, wherever you are. We've developed the application ourselves to imbue it with the spirit of Tuenti. We want for you to immediately recognize it as Tuenti and  be able to use it with the same ease with with you user our site.

Or biggest goal with this app has been to turn iPhone into a social tool, useful for any place and occasion. At Tuenti we use it all the time, when walking down the street, riding the subway, the bus, during meetings… Where are you going to use it? We've also made sure that the app is available in your preferred language: Spanish, English, Catalan, Euskera or Gallego. All you need to do is change the region of your device.

When we decided to create a Tuenti application, we asked ourselves "What do you want in an iPhone?". Every day you're able to do lots of stuff on Tuenti, but not all of these uses make sense in a device that fits the palm of your hand. Too may options on the application would overlap and create confusion.

So we looked at what the users were asking for: uploading photos, chatting with friends on the instant messaging system, viewing notifications… Then we began to develop an application tailored to your needs. We've done plenty of testing with real users before and during the development. We've also managed to create an application that integrates seamlessly with your way of using an iPhone or iPod Touch: clear, organized, intuitive.

We also asked ourselves: "What can the iPhone bring to Tuenti?". Everyone within this company is excited about the mobile possibilities, the multitouch interface, the camera and GPS on iPhone and iPod Touch. That's why we let you take one picture after another and upload them directly, use gestures to flip through them on Tuenti… But let's not forget that this is a mobile device: the screen is small and you need to make the best of it, as with the limited battery time and the gestures that have to be interpreted. This is but the first version of the application. We have a ton of ideas for the future, and we're always open to any suggestions you would like to give us.

You may download the application by visiting this link.

In the Catosphere

Posted on 3/02/2010 by We just got back from Granollers, were participaded in Catosfera. For a couple of days we've been learning from great names of the Internet like Ignacio Escolar, Albert García Pujadas or Marc López. We also presented, for the first time, our growth figures for Cataluña. In 2009 our userbase there grew 175%, we also have about 60.000 people using Tuenti in Catalan.

Mobilizing your calendar

Posted on 3/02/2010 by Diego Muñoz Pérez FrontEnd Engineer

To talk to the rest of your workmates, watch videos or set up a movie date, we also use Tuenti every day. And when devising new functionalities we're always thinking of how to make our tool more useful.

For example, we'd found that the the first version of our mobile service didn't allow you to check the service's calendars or the addresses of events one is participating in.

That's the reason we decided to use a HackMeUp to develop a concept trial of events on Tuenti Mobile. Logically, one day was not enough to develop everything and it was now, in another edition of HackMeUp (and thanks to the help of Tomasz Matuszcyk) that we've managed not only to complete the development but to also add new details such as this small view of a map of where the event will take place or to also inform you of your friends birthdays.

You no longer have an excuse to arrive late or forget to congratulate on birthdays.

At Safer Internet Day 2010

Posted on 3/02/2010 by Natalia Martos Director of Legal and Privacy On February 9th we attended Safer Internet Day in Strasbourg, where - together with other large European companies-  we debated on the Principles of Safe Social Networks subscribed by us within the European Commission last June.

We took the opportunity to present the European Parliament with a report describing the measures taken by Tuenti to reinforce privacy and safety on our platform. In the report, we told them of our new openly available Privacy Center page, of the default maximum privacy setting for any user under 18 years of age and of our pioneering process to remove all accounts of users under 14 which has been ongoing since 2009.

We also participated in a debate panel on the differential value of privacy on Tuenti. It was an opportunity to underline that, together with the rest of companies operating from our continent, there is a legislation for this territory that we all must assume.

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