Our side hustle takes off like a rocket
USAToday’s Jeff Graham took SkinneePix to Venice Beach to see how people like it.
Sue and I have had lots of publicity this week over our new app. Through our business – Pretty Smart Women
– we’ve launched a photo app called SkinneePix
. And it has taken off.
We are both journalists. We’ve even got a great journalism-based idea that we’re looking for funding for. But it’s the fun, light photo app that takes off like crazy so far.
It’s been interesting to be on the other end of the publicity machine. Even though we have been very accessible, we’ve been amazed at how many people have written about SkinneePix and lifted quotes from one of us from early stories without giving us a call (in particular this one from the LA Times: New app SkinneePix makes your selfies a little skinnier
Here are some highlights from the week:
- USA Today’s tech reporter took the app to the beach and had a little fun. Take 15 lbs off your selfie with new app
- Here’s an interview with the two of us on The Wall Street Journal: Shave 15 lbs. off your selfie
- We’ve had lots of sensational criticism, people calling our app is ‘evil’ and accusing of us capitalizing on people’s vanity. (for the record, we are not evil):
- This Guardian piece is one of the better ones in this vein, yet the reporter did not call us: The ugly truth about SkinneePix
- And here’s my response to the writer. My comment on the story has had lots of thumbs up from other readers. Many were happy to see me join them in the comments “below the line”: Hi, Guardian Crew!
- AND here’s a local story which takes an angle about local women do good. I hate that video they stuck on top of the story. Am trying to get them to replace it with the USAToday video: Phoenix Developers’ SkinneePix App Slims Users’ Faces
Wild and healthy
SkinneePix is fun and came about after years of hearing friends say, ‘Use the skinny lens on this photo.’ In the fall of 2013, we looked at each other and said, ‘Maybe we can make the skinny lens.’
So far, this has been wild and fun. And the app isn’t even a month old yet. Sue is on her way to New York City, representing Pretty Smart Women in more interviews. We’re not sure where this will take us, but in a few weeks, we’ll turn back to some of the other projects we’ve got in the works.