At bitpuf, we treat all of your content as private. We encrypt it. We anonymize it. And we don’t archive it.
We also treat your personal information as private. We don’t ask for anything except your email. We don’t access your Contacts or address book. And we don’t use tracking widgets or cookies, photo tagging or facial recognition.
We do, however, offer you options. You choose how to share your content. Different types of sharing are best suited to different types of content.
When you share with external users, you are sending them a link to your Clip via email or message.
The usefulness of external sharing is twofold. First, you can share a Clip with someone who does not have a bitpuf account. To view your Clip, they just tap the link or copy and paste the URL into a browser window.
Second, you can post content that you want to be widely accessible but that you also want to be temporary and perhaps anonymous. Clip addresses contain no identifying information.
When you share with internal users, you are sharing your Clip within the bitpuf platform.
Your Clip is accessible only to those you specify and only when they are logged in to bitpuf. Without this authentication, there is no access to your content.
Username, aka email address
For internal sharing, you need to enter bitpuf usernames. A username is the email address used to create a bitpuf account.
As you enter a user’s email address, bitpuf will not seek access to your device’s Contacts; this would jeopardize both your privacy and the privacy of everyone in your address book. (Most apps access your contacts and “scrape” the information it contains including postal addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays, and other data. Unfortunately, people listed in your contacts have no means to opt out.)
bitpuf will, however, autocomplete users’ addresses. As you begin typing the email of someone with whom you have shared previously, a list appears and you can just tap the one you want. The more you use bitpuf, the easier it becomes.
bitpuf validates the email addresses you enter, so if you type an invalid one, it will disappear after you tap Share or Update. It will not appear in the autocomplete list. bitpuf informs you via email of the invalid address.
You can share internally with someone who hasn’t yet signed up for bitpuf. In Clip Options, just select bitpuf users and type in your recipient’s email address as described above. bitpuf will send an email to the recipient explaining that you have shared a Clip with them and that they need to sign-in to bitpuf in order to see it.
Change your mind?
When you edit the content of your Clip, you do not need to “re-send” it or “re-share” it. Revisions are pushed automatically, so your Clip always appears with the most current content.
If you wish to share an existing Clip with additional people, go to Clip Options and either share externally via email or message, or share internally by adding users’ email addresses to the bitpuf usernames field (and tapping Update). Newly added emails appear in orange text; those added previously appear in grey.
If you wish to remove someone from your previously-shared list, just select the user’s address and delete it. Your Clip will no longer be accessible to them via their ClipBoard.
You cannot retroactively “un-share” a Clip that you have shared with external users because you shared with them a URL, which remains active until your Clip expires.
And you cannot share internally and externally simultaneously, it’s one or the other.
Network reach without exposure
Because we insist on protecting your personal information and respecting your privacy, we necessarily operate on a very different model. By choosing your sharing mode, you control your audience.
You get all the reach of a network, but none of the exposure.