Introducing Discussion Groups

Today we’ve added the ability to browse and join discussion groups on Gliph!

On the web app you can now “Browse Groups,” and we’ve added the ability to view Groups the mobile web and Android from the menu.

After seeing how fun it can be to get started on Gliph and make new friends, we’ve decided to start featuring a selection of them. Some of the first groups we’re featuring are the ones that grew out of the Gliph Community. For example Bitcoin Discussion and Cat Appreciation.

One of the groups we’re excited about is Rick and Morty fansRick and Morty airs during Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network and online. The show chose the Gliph group as their official home for for real-time chat for fans.

We’re still exploring what can be done to make public groups great destinations on Gliph.

Here is a complete list of public groups available now, we’ll add more over time. If you have a group you’d like featured on the Groups page, please send a message to Support!

Featured Communities
Bitcoiners
Rick and Morty Fans
New Gliph Users Group
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Gliph 2.0 iPhone App Released – Marketplace Update

Gliph for iOS 2.0 - Gliph Marketplace P2P Bitcoin iPhoneWe’re happy to announce the release of Gliph 2.0 for iPhone.

Gliph Marketplace
For the first time, you can now create, browse and purchase items from Gliph Marketplace from the Gliph iPhone app.

Using cash or Bitcoin to complete a P2P transaction has never been easier! You can chat directly with a buyer or seller, make an offer or leave a deal with ease. Push notifications keep you informed of deal progress.

If you want to pay or be paid in Bitcoin for a listing, just connect your Coinbase or Blockchain.info wallet to your Gliph Account. (Use Bitcoin in the menu)

Updated Activity View
Gliph for iOS 2.0 includes an updated color set and improves the usability of the app. By default, the app is brighter to look at, and +People button has been added to clarify how to add friends or create Groups.

The updated Activity view makes it easy to see items you’re buying or selling in Gliph Marketplace. Listings you’re actively working with are shown right above your conversations. Once you’ve completed or left a deal, these are moved back out of the activity view.

Dark Color Mode
Gliph iOS 2.0 Dark Mode
In Settings you can now enable a “Dark Mode” which turns the title bar black across the entire app.

This subtle change to the look of the app may be attractive if you want to keep a low profile and aren’t big on the new brighter default look of Gliph.

Note, you will need to restart the app after changing this setting for it to take effect. Continue reading

Desktop Web App Updated with Gliph Marketplace

Today we released a big update to Gliph for Desktop Web that includes support for Gliph Marketplace, updated user profiles and other stellar enhancements!

Updated Activity Sidebar
The Activity Sidebar (left side of the web app) now shows both recent conversations and the listings you’re actively engaged with in Gliph Marketplace.

You can also Create a Listing or add People or a a Connection or Group from the sidebar.

If you click Marketplace, you’ll be taken to Marketplace Home, which lets you view current deals and past deals you’ve engaged with in Gliph Marketplace.

Buy and Sell using your Laptop or Desktop Computer
You can now create, browse and purchase items from Gliph Marketplace using your laptop or desktop computer. You can take photos and start your listing using the Gliph app for iPhone or Android then finish editing the draft and publish it from your PC. Continue reading

Update Your Blockchain.info Wallet Settings

If you want to connect your Blockchain.info wallet to your Gliph account you may need to update some settings at Blockchain.info. The updates are easy to do:

  1. Log into your Blockchain.info wallet using a web browser.
  2. Click Account Settings.
  3. In the sidebar on the left, choose IP Restrictions.
  4. Check the Checkbox for “Enable API Access”
  5. In the form field for IP Address Whitelist, add Gliph’s IP address: 162.243.131.73
  6. Hit enter and you’re done!

Here is what that page looks like once you’ve performed these steps: Continue reading

We Believe in Bitcoin

Bitcoin has had a rough week. On the heels of downward movement in price, the third largest Bitcoin exchange, Bitstamp, was hacked for nearly 19,000 Bitcoin.

While both of these events impact people in the Bitcoin community in different ways, none of them got our team down more than a quote in an article about the Gliph Marketplace published yesterday.

In an article titled, Gliph Uses In-App Messaging, Bitcoin to Take On Craigslist, a quote was used that suggested the only reason we have been focused on Bitcoin is because investors like it. This quote was at best taken of the context it was used and simply can not be further from the truth. We’ve asked for it to be retracted.

Gliph’s roots are in protecting the privacy and communications of its users. We reached the idea of integrating Bitcoin because it provides private, secure and frictionless payments. We came to this conclusion long before Apple Pay existed and before the first dollar of investment from Bitcoin supporters went into the company. Continue reading

Introducing Gliph Marketplace

Today marks an important expansion of Gliph with the release of Gliph Marketplace: a new way to buy and sell locally using cash and the Bitcoin digital currency.

Our team has brought together secure messaging, transaction workflow and digital payments into an awesome new P2P transaction experience we call Deal Flow.

  • Deal Flow helps you stay focused on completing a deal by integrating messaging and useful push notifications into the buying and selling experience. Gliph Marketplace has privacy built-in eliminating the distraction of “burner” phone numbers and “email gateways.”
  • Deal Flow saves you time with intuitive listing status updates. For example, when someone is ready to buy something from you, the status moves from “Q&A” to “Offer Submitted.” Deal status updates ensure you have the most recent information so you can make the best decision with your time.
  • Deal Flow earns you money faster by making digital payments an integrated part of the Gliph Marketplace experience. Once you’ve accepted an offer, paying for the item using Bitcoin is handled in a single tap.

You can view a complete video demo of Gliph Marketplace and Deal Flow here:

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Gliph Marketplace Featured Seller: Sam Roloff

From time to time, we’ll highlight sellers and listings from Gliph Marketplace. At the debut, we’re happy to highlight the listings of Portland-area artist, Sam Roloff.

Sam Roloff was raised in the San Francisco Bay area and eventually graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. Journeys through Central America eventually landed Sam in Prague, Czech Republic where he ran a gallery and developed his talent for figurative works.

Portland, Oregon artist, Sam Roloff

Portland, Oregon artist, Sam Roloff

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Centralized versus Decentralized

If you’re familiar with Bitcoin as a technology, you know that decentralization is a key part. Decentralization helps protect the Bitcoin network from attack and allows transactions to be confirmed without trust.

Since some of the most positive aspects of decentralization are obvious to Bitcoin users, we wanted to address why Gliph Marketplace, though Bitcoin-enabled, is not decentralized: Continue reading