paperjohn wrote:Can someone explain Paktor...it literally sucks cause you gotta pay to see their messages and you cant reply without paying 999 per month.
Interestingly, I can. There are basically two means of revenue for apps: ad revenue and pay-to-play (which includes "freemium" service). It turns out that the greatest source of revenue for most apps is the latter, not the former, so various copycat apps have been thrown up in an attempt to grab certain populations of users.
Most of these apps are unoriginal from a programming perspective. In fact, a good many of them literally lift the exact same code and make minor graphical redesigns and rearrangements. That said, companies (like whoever green-lights Paktor) see the development of a dating app as a cash grab opportunity. Their business model is to get women (or men advertising women for prostitution) to post profiles, which they then use to lure male users, who will be most likely to pay for the chance to chat with said profiles. The key term is "profiles." In most cases, you have no idea whether the person on the other end is whom they present themselves to be. FGAS and other modest deceptions on the female end aside, a substantial portion of female users are turned off rather quickly by the dick brigade that they face once they set up their profiles, and most abandon dating sites and apps inside of forty-five days (if I remember correctly). But, most users of profile sites and apps don't delete their profiles once they're tired of using them; instead, they just stop logging in. That amounts to handing a company data for it to turn around and use as the aforementioned lure. It's all pretty scummy, and in Paktor's case, all for a 2% turnaround.
It's not just Paktor, either. Tinder recently eliminated its feature that showed when users were last online, namely so that it could make it impossible to tell who the active and inactive users were, and thus increase the amount of time that active users spend on the app (sending even more messages that will never be read).
"But, what about reviews? Wouldn't they worry that people would begin criticizing their app, thus discouraging customers from downloading it?"
Honestly, reviews on sites like Google Play or the App Store have been made into a market all its own. Companies (in India) receive money from app developers to bump their download rates, positive review counts, and even positive written reviews so that they appear more prominently on app download sites. Some companies advertise their apps on other apps, promising temporary freemium service on the other apps in exchange for downloads of their own apps. Thus, the only way now to judge the quality of an app with any accuracy is to read the negative reviews only, and to survey the nature of their complaints. Paktor isn't exactly shining.