We are always indebted to our dedicated VIP community, but especially on the heels of a big release (4.3, Layouts for Living went live last week!), when our VIPs have taken the time to share with us their valuable feedback and suggestions to help us improve each release. Sometimes, members give that bit extra and their commitment attracts the attention of the wider team at SwiftKey. Patrick, or eezeepee as the VIP community knows him, is definitely one of those members who has gone the extra mile and deserves recognition for all he does.
We wanted to thank Patrick and showcase who’s behind one of the user handles you might’ve seen – or been helped by – on the vip.swiftkey.net site. For new readers, the VIP community is a forum for users to give feedback, share ideas and get their hands on betas. VIPs are a hugely important part of the SwiftKey story, so thank you to Patrick and all of those who give their time and effort to making SwiftKey even better.
Now, we’ll let Patrick take the stage…
1) What’s your name? (real and VIP handle)
VIP Handle: eezeepee (Because I’m pretty easy going)
2) Where are you from?
From Queens, NY.
Living in Tampa, FL.
3) What’s your day job?
4) How did you first hear of SwiftKey?
It was an Android Central article from July 14, 2010.
5) What do you think makes SwiftKey different?
People are predictable. We have patterns and language is no exception. SwiftKey was the first third-party keyboard, that I know of, to utilize this. In doing so, SwiftKey can basically predict the current word being typed in two taps and even whole sentences with its next word suggestions. Others have tried to copy this but none come close. I have tried many of the other keyboards but I always come back to SwiftKey.
6) How many keystrokes have you saved using SwiftKey?
My current stats say 540,092 keystrokes saved as of this moment. That’s not including a possible loss of stats early on and all the betas I’ve tested. I am also a rooted user and have carried my stats from three phones in a little over three years.
7) What’s it like to be part of the SwiftKey VIP Community?
Being apart of the VIP Community has been great. I feel like we have contributed a lot of feedback that has made a difference in how the final versions turned out. It even gave me the chance to be on the SwiftKey promotional video, “What does SwiftKey mean to you?” I’m at marker 0:18.
8) What are your three favorite apps? (apart from SwiftKey)
Wow, that’s a tough one. Out of the 150+ apps I have currently installed, here are the ones I probably love the most:
GoogleNow – It’s like SwiftKey but for searching and information. It knows what I want before I even know it.
QuickPic – This gallery app is clean, simple, and the fastest way to go through 1000+ photos.
A Better Camera – This relatively new camera app gives stock Android users, like myself, many of the cool features Samsung, HTC, and LG have with their built-in camera app.
9) What are your three favorite websites or blogs?
TheVerge – It is where I get all my tech news.
Transworld Snowboarding – I might live in the south now but I still love snowboarding.
EventHubs – The best Fighting Game Community (FGC) site around. I have been into fighting games since the days of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. And for the past couple years, I have been an Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 player.
10) Tell us something unusual about yourself!
I like to call myself “semi-ambidextrous” because I do things left-handed (throw) or right-handed (write) and sometimes either hand. When I learned to bowl, it was with my right hand. However, since I throw with my left hand, I decided to teach myself to bowl with that hand instead. Now I can switch whenever I want. Either way, I’m not that great in bowling. Haha.
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