Adam Howell’s iMessage app spent 9 straight days as the #1 paid app in the iMessage App Store before Apple decided to kill it.
You can read the background here.
Wait, what’s Phoneys?
A simple iMessage sticker pack that allows users to replace a friend’s text with a iMessage sticker – thus making it look like your friend texted you the message.
Adam describes it as “Stickers that look like blue iMessage text bubbles, that you could place over top of your friend’s texts, making it look like you put words in their mouth.”
For example, if my wife texted me “Hope your day is going well” – Phoneys gives me 28 options of stickers to place over her text – stickers that look take the place of her iMessage.
The 28 Phoneys options include the following gems:
- “How do you always look so amazing?”
- “Teach me how to be more like you”
- “Country music has really grown on me”
- “My political views are totally wrong”
- “Oops I just pooped myself”
How much money did Adam make off of Phoneys?
33,269 total sales, $34,142.84 total revenue and $23,206.15 in profit (Apple takes a % of revenue).
National Press Highlights:
- Sep 26th-Sept 27th: 66 sales — “launched” via Twitter after getting approved over the weekend
- Sep 28th: 5,204 sales — TechCrunch, Daring Fireball and a few others
- Sep 29th: 3,207 sales — Product Hunt
- Sep 30th-Oct 1st: 15,239 sales — Medium post, which led to coverage in 9to5Mac, Business Insider, MacRumors, Gizmodo, The Verge, Cult of Mac, Apple Insider, Daring Fireball and several others
- Oct 2nd: 2,945 sales — TechMeme
- Oct 4th: 3,534 sales — Mashable