Preview/Feedback: Splitwise v2.5 (web)

Splitwise is planning a big redesign of the website and mobile apps for winter 2013, based on all the things we’ve learned since this past August. We’re releasing some intermediate changes to the website over the next few days – please, let us know your feedback!

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Splitwise is temporarily down

UPDATE 2: And we’re back! Site performance may be a little slower than usual while we restore service – please bear with us, and let us know if you have any issues.

UPDATE: An Amazon AWS outage in North Virginia is affecting a number of sites, including Splitwise, Foursquare, GitHub, and others. We will update this post as the situation develops. Read more »

Our hosting provider is currently experiencing some infrastructure issues. They’re working on a resolution and we expect to be back online shortly.

Very sorry for the interruption – thanks for bearing with us!

Debts Made Simple

Ever get caught in a debt triangle? You know: Mike owes you $20 for the electric bill, but he’s waiting for Anna to pay him for back for pizza last weekend, and she’s waiting for you to pay her back for those movie tickets…

In the end, nobody owes anyone anything – but until you figure that out, it’s one giant pain in the neck.

Luckily, you’ve got Splitwise. And we have some cool new features for you. Continue reading Debts Made Simple

When Fairness Backfires

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J.C. Penney has struggled after introducing new “fairer” prices this spring.

In most money matters, it pays to be fair. (Certainly when paying back your friends.) But when big businesses try to be fair to their customers, sometimes it can backfire in a big way.

Take J.C. Penney. Back in February, they hired a new CEO, Ron Johnson (who built Apple Inc.’s retail operation) to revamp their declining sales. The department store chain then made some radical changes to their pricing.  They eliminated coupons, got rid of confusing fine print, and cut back from over 500 sales a year to just 12. The goal was to make shopping simpler, more transparent, and fairer for consumers.

Five months later, sales are tanking and stock prices have fallen more than 30%. But why? And is it possible for a company to be honest and still turn a profit? Continue reading When Fairness Backfires

Splitwise 1.6.1 for iPhone released

Hey Splitwise users! Version 1.6.1 of our iPhone app, which fixes the serious stability bug introduced in version 1.6, has just been released on the App Store. Download it now!

We at Splitwise would like to apologize again to anyone who experienced crashing issues with v1.6 (and to give a big thanks to those of you who helped us diagnose the problem!). Splitwise is going through big changes on the web and on mobile, and we’ve got some very exciting things to show you – soon 🙂

As always, feel free to ask us any questions via the comments below, or by emailing us at support@splitwise.com. Happy splitting!

– Ryan

Preview: ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Here at Splitwise, we get a lot of emails from users who love our website (thanks!), but we also get some very good questions and suggestions – especially from new users. “How can I see my share of an expense? Why can’t I backdate a payment? What if my group has a dozen people in it? Can I add an avatar?”

We’ve thought long and hard about these problems, and now we’re hard at work addressing them. You may have already noticed some updates – for instance, we’ve added Facebook Connect and Gravatar support on the “My Account” page – but there are more exciting changes to come. Here’s a sneak peek:

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