Apps for s-types: TracknShare

Apps for s-types is a new, monthly feature of resources (usually mobile apps) that will assist s-types in being more useful to their D-types or improving themselves, if training on their own. (Or not—like all other reviews on the site, I’ll list the pros and cons and you can decide if it fits your needs.)

These resources will also be of use to anyone interested in being more productive or achieving personal goals. Though these reviews appear on s-type Sundays, they will not be written expressly ‘at’ slaves/submissives/property/etc, though that is their intended audience—reviews will be in neutral language.

That said: A note for single s-types. If you’re keeping a training resume, this would be the sort of thing to list in an improvement section to show you’re making an effort and how you’re going about improving yourself.

First up, one of my personal favourites.

TracknShare

Brief Description: An impressively flexible multi-tracking app. The definition of ‘What gets measured gets managed.’

Cost: $4.99 (Worth every penny); There’s a ‘lite’ version to try to see if it would be useful before purchasing the Pro version.

Platforms: iTunes (it doesn’t look like it’s available on Android, which is baffling. Check—perhaps I’m having bad luck.)

Website: TracknShare.com (they have several new apps now—check those out, as they may better suit your needs.)

Features:

  • Sharing information so if someone needs/wants to oversee another person’s improvement, that’s easily accomplished. (One person has to send their information to the other—it’s not something that can be done surreptitiously.)
  • Graphs to spot trends, which can be viewed over days, weeks or months.
    User-defined categories, under which you can have a variety of user-defined items to track including:

    • Yes/No
    • Numbers including two decimal places (for money or weight)
    • How in love you are
    • Grades
    • What the weather was like
    • A note (where you can type a fair number of characters—I never ran out of room)
    • 0-3 Severity
    • Pain as demonstrated by smiley to frowny faces
    • Hours, mins, secs (I used this for exercise times)
    • Completion
    • And several others
  • Hundreds of icons to choose from or you can upload your own—though that does slow down the app.
  • Set goals and try to meet them.
  • Various ways to back up—iCloud or dropbox—so you won’t lose your data.
  • I didn’t use all of the features—there is more functionality than even this.

Drawbacks: It’s been awhile since I’ve used it (I consolidated my system for tracking things—it was nothing to do with the app) so I can’t recall many.

There was no calendar view, which would have been useful when comparing things like mood, period, weather and migraine—all of which I tracked. That was the big one for me. I also wanted to keep up with my bp and pulse at doctor visits, but there wasn’t a place for that, so I wound up making a note and had to find it again at my next appointment (not easy without a monthly view) to compare.

As I said above, I didn’t even use all of the features, as there were so many, so I may have missed something that wasn’t optimal. It depends what you’re looking for.

If this review sounds effusive, it’s because I started with one of my favourite apps. It’s one of the first three I recommend to everyone.

User Experience: Because my phone was with me all day, I used the note feature and made note of start and stop time for each task I wanted to track, at the end of the day I’d tally those times and enter them in the correct places—it was a nice way to wrap up the day and see how I’d spent my time.

Review: I used it every day for a couple years and loved it—I had dozens of trackable habits, goals, times and other things in various categories. I had no idea how much of my day was spent on apps and the internet until I started using it. After being appalled at how not-productive I was I got to work on improving that.

Will work best for:

  • People who wonder where on Earth their time goes and want to exert more control over where they put their energy.
  • People who want to set goals for others and mentor those people to help them achieve those goals.
  • Those who want to track their moods or health or (nearly) any other thing.
  • Graph-lovers.

App Review: Kinkd

Brief Description: Tinder-like app for kinky people with the least-helpful website known to mankind.

Cost: Free (?)

Platforms: iOS, Android

Websites: kinkd.club & kinkdapp.com

Features: Pattern lock. Filterable search feature. Messaging system.

Will work best for: People looking for hookups or chatting about kink. Probably one-handed, based on the spelling.

Gender, Orientation and Role Options: The options for choosing your gender are Man, Woman, Couple, TS/TV/TGs, Other, which was a little offensive, to say the least. (Do no FtM individuals use the site?)

There are no options for orientation, which was really interesting. You choose if you’re looking for a woman, man, couple, transgender person or other, but never identify whether or not you’re straight/bi/gay/lesbian/asexual or anything else.

In terms of roles—there are a decent number. Most people should be able to tick at least one box, if not more. And there’s the ever-popular ‘kinkster’ if nothing else fits.

Genders you can designate yourself as or look for. Pictured: Problematic.

User Experience: I downloaded this app when it was first released some months ago and filled out my profile. Hook up apps are not my thing, but I like to know what’s out there so I can give other people informed opinions and I thought at the very least I’d meet someone who was interested in what I was and we could chat.

Au contraire. The ‘very least’ are people who don’t fill out profiles with complete sentences, choosing rather to respond to:

My role & Looking for:

With a complete list of every possible role out there without indicating which one they are and which one they are seeking.

This is where the ‘Tinder’ aspect comes in, yes? It’s not so much about words. You have photos of yourself (like KNKI, public photos must adhere to app store decency guidelines) and look at photos of other people and tick whether you like the look of that person or not. If they like the look of you, the app matches you and you can chat.

You can also set some photos to ‘private’ and those photos can only be seen by people you allow to see them. Those photos can be of whatever content you’d like.

My profile. I do like the cleanliness of the design.

There’s a second button at the bottom of the screen called Moments. It’s a feed of the most recent updates—newly uploaded public photos and status messages that can be liked and commented on.

The middle button is for searching and will allow you to filter pretty well.

Then there’s the messaging system, which I’m sure works fine. I didn’t use it because I hadn’t connected with anyone on the site and no one had chosen to message me—if you use the app and there’s something wonky about the messaging system, please leave a comment. Here. Not on in my messages.

In the search options, users can filter by gender sought (which are the same as the genders you can choose to identify as), age range, location and then only show profiles that have photos—but only if you’re a ‘gold member’. Which, apparently, I am. I don’t know how I became so designated—perhaps because I use complete sentences and proper punctuation in my profile.

It wasn’t because I’d paid—I hadn’t—and the app isn’t listed as having in-app purchases on the app store.

I couldn’t find information on it on their website, but I couldn’t find any useful information on their website.

The website that comes up when searching from a search engine is kinkdapp.com, but the developer website through the app store is kinkd.club. The latter says they approve all profiles manually, though there is no mention of this on the former site.

Fair dues, there’s not much mention of anything on the main site. I went to the ‘Press’ link and was invited to download the press kit from Dropbox. That’s new.

[Update: After posting this review, a woman contacted me to ask if I was looking for a Dominant—she lived in another country so it wasn’t what I was looking for. However, this was radically different from my experience with the KNKI app, where I was nearly immediately contacted by a few random guys with no knowledge of internet etiquette or ability to read a bio.]

Overall: If the people on Tinder are too vanilla, give this a go. You’re probably not going to find the love of your life (but maybe you will!)

Or maybe you’ll find someone whose role is and they’re looking for: Dominant, Domme, Master, Mistress, Switch, Submissive, Slave, Fetishist, Kinkster, Pet, Bottom, Sadist, Masochist, Sadomasochist, Ageplayer, Daddy

Jackpot!

Seriously, I’d probably recommend KNKI over this one, but both of them seem to have difficulty recommending people within close-range of the user–I saw people complaining about this in the feed on Kinkd.

App Review: KNKI

Brief Description: Chat and dating app for people into BDSM.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.

[In app subscription:] £7.99/month or £69.99/year ($9.99/month or $89.99/year) which gets users a larger inbox and the ability to upload more photos. The app says your donation will help keep the app free for the rest of the BDSM community, which sounds…ominous.

Platforms: iOS and Android

Website: knkiapp.com

Features: Follow members based on filters you set and see their new photos. You can have public and private photos and choose who sees what.

Filters for Age, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Lifestyle Role, Ethnicity.

Drawbacks: No filter for location. I entered my preferences for the above and had my settings set to local, but received photos for people many thousands of miles away.

The only writing is a minimal bio section, which people don’t seem inclined to read. And why should they? The site is set up to be very visual. (This is not a negative—it just is what it is. If you’re turned on by words, this one may not be for you.)

How the app works: Users scroll down a page of public photos. Tapping on a photo brings up a person’s information, which includes their distance from you, when they were last online, age, gender, height, body type, ethnicity, role, role seeking and preferred age range.

From that page you can follow that person to see their uploaded public photos and unlock your private photos for them to see (they will be notified if you do this). You can also send them a message and shout-outs from there, which are similar to pokes.

You can block and report people. Users can also see who has viewed their profile, which is both nice and a little creepy. ‘All of these people have looked at photos of me.’ I suppose that can also be an ego boost, too, depending on who you are.

Users can like and comment on photos.

Will work best for: General networking and looking at photos of people you follow. Unless one of the features paying unlocks is a way to search locally I’m not sure how the ‘dating’ part is supposed to work out. If you live in a very large city there’s a statistical chance you’ll stumble across someone near you on this app.

I could see how, if a person had some time to kill and they wanted to play the ‘let’s see if I can find someone with my kinks’ game on the app. Then start a chat with them.

Review: The website says this app was created by BDSM lifestylers, which gives one hope—assuming this is true at least it’s not vanilla people trying to make money off of kinky people.

The point of the app (according to the website) is to allow kinksters to network around the globe or find a date or relationship (in whatever form that takes for you). iTunes doesn’t allow nudity, so the quote when uploading photos is:

Public photos may not be nude or sexually suggestive.

Which is an interesting caveat for a kink site. What I think of as sexy may not be what iTunes thinks of as sexy. ‘That’s right, file those papers.’

There are different rules for private photos, though.

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The ‘sex’ filter, which should be gender, but okay, is: Man, Woman, Other, All.

Lifestyle Role filter options are: Other, Dominant, Submissive, Switch, Slave, Kinkster, All. So. yeah.

The sexual orientation options doesn’t include ‘asexual’. Options are: Straight, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Pan, Other, All. (The ‘all’ means you’re searching for any of the options.)

There’s something called the KNKI Code—a code of ethics for people using the app—which I’ve never seen before, and I like it. It wasn’t there when I originally looked at the app a few months ago, but it’s similar to a dungeon orientation. Here’s hoping it has a positive effect.

Personal Experience: As a nearly 40-year-old female, just trying to write this review—with no photos of myself on the site and a bio explicitly saying I was an asexual lesbian looking for a female Dominant—I had four men messaging me within an hour. One opening with the genteel: talk to me.

This has never happened to me before.

I did not enjoy it.

I was mentally preparing for a dick pic. (Didn’t happen, but I was ready.)

One person’s member name was Anonymous[numbers] and another was a real sounding name with 69 on the end. Swell.

When I put in my specific parameters: Age: 35-60, Sex: Female, Sexual Orientation: Lesbian (or) Any (I tried both), Lifestyle Role: Dominant, Ethnicity: White (or) Other (I tried both) I barely got an iPhone screen’s worth of matches. This was for the entire world (guess how many were in my area). I don’t know how many members they currently have, or if what I want is just that rare, but it wasn’t a huge draw in terms of wanting to use the app regularly.

On the plus side, Mr Talk to Me turned out to be all right. We had a lovely conversation and wound up friends on Fet. So it wasn’t a total loss.