My boss interrupted my team in the middle of a brainless discussion (we were talking about how the US gov’s “alien registration code” is not being used correctly to address extraterrestrial life form), and cheerfully recommended us to try out the Glide app.
Upon opening the app, I recorded a few video messages to send to GlideBot, and deleted them to check the handling of message deletion… And I noticed something: The deleted videos take up as much space as the undeleted ones, and you cannot interact with them. Which means, if for any reason you end up having to delete a dozen of videos inside a chat session, it will occupy a significant chunk of screen estate that results into multiple swiping.
To experiment, I produced a slightly more space saving solution:
Now, the height of the deletion placeholder is only about a third of the original size. In fact, to take it a step further, if more than 3 videos are deleted inside a chat session, the placeholder could look like this:
Currently, it doesn’t seem like Glide allows its user to download the recorded video. In this case, the only way to keep the videos is make sure you don’t leave a chat session. So, if you are a goofball like me, you will end up deleting a ton of videos afterward… Less swiping will at least (hopefully) prevent you from getting repetitive strain injury.