We are definitely not dead. Learned a lot from beta and working on v2. Hang on.




We are changing to another hosting. Service will be down for the next 12-24 hours.



beta.osom.me is down for maintenance for couple of hours. Service should by restored by 21-00 LV Time.
SMS server is fine and keeps your SMS updates in buffer during downtime.


How to leave facebook

Certainly, a good read, even if it doesn't inspire me to leave fb yet.  http://goo.gl/uQZEK
One paragraph there reads almost word for word as one of the reasons why we develop osom.me :

Those with whom your connection is so limited aren't really your friends, or aren't very close ones at any rate.  One of the lessons I was taught growing up, and its wisdom grows in me by the day, is in life you are lucky, lucky, to have four or five true lifelong friends.  The rest will come and go throughout your life, and you will survive.

And I decided to stop visiting fb newsfeed from now on. This should leave me "find-able"  to old pals if they ever look for me, as well as keep fresh contact data for my phonebook.


Private messages

New feature is here - private messages! Now you can send private message to a friend by starting message with @username, e.g. if you have friend called "John", send sms

@john sometextwhichonlyYouandJohncansee

for ease of use, in the web form, each post has "reply" link

which brings you to the input form with @address already filled in

When you receive a private message, it is highlighted in RED

In sms, it would look like 5d, Vita: @YOU: Molodca! Ja s toboj!



We answer: Why SMS?

This post explains why we weaved sms so deeply into osom.me. Some stats from http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-mobile-deck-2012-3#-16

First, there are 5.6B dumbphone users in the world, vs. 835million smartphone users. And take into account, that large share of smartphone users do not use mobile internet, or use WiFi only. This means, that there are roughly 10 times more people who can send/receive sms vs. those who can browse mobile web or use apps.

And while smartphones recently took lead in sales, there is still huge installed base of dumbphones.

Conversion from dumbphones to smartphones began couple of   years ago, and will take many another 5-7 years, until smartphones will dominate installed base.

So, if you want a social network that could be used TODAY by all of your friends, by people that either do not care about mobile fashion, or older people, or poorer people - sms is the way to go.