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Meet the VIPs: hcoonan

27th June 2013

Now and again we like to showcase and say thank you to users whose efforts as part of our community really stand out. Hayden, or hcoonan as he’s known in the VIP forum, is one such user. His enthusiasm and willingness to help extends well beyond the boundaries of VIP. He regularly pops up on SwiftKey’s other social pages eg Facebook and G+, to answer questions from users or point them in the right direction. We love his witty presence and his commitment to helping others.

As a result, we’re proud to dedicate this blog post to Hayden, our latest “VVIP”. Over to you hcoonan…

1) What’s your name? (real and VIP handle)
My name is Hayden, and I’m hcoonan on the VIP forum.

2) Where are you from?
Woodcroft, South Australia.

3) What’s your day job?
Currently recovering from an unexpected illness (aren’t they all?) but I work in administrative support roles, generally temp.

4) How did you first hear of SwiftKey?
Such a long time ago! I’m pretty sure I stumbled across it in Market, back in the day, downloaded the free version and then upgraded when I knew how good it was.

5) What do you think makes SwiftKey different?
Wasting teenage years in chat rooms paid off later in life with a reasonably fast typing speed. Trick is… the keyboard has to be able to keep up. I’ve tried the others. SwiftKey is the only one that does! Add the predictions, the newly added Flow (and hey, I’ve even Tilted six words, according to stats!), I know I can always count on SwiftKey to find a new way to make it even easier to enter text and communicate!

6) How many keystrokes have you saved using SwiftKey?
I’ve rolled through a few devices as well as technical issues and betas. My phone was wiped and rebooted only a few months ago, and the count currently stands at 264,375 – but that’s just one device 😉 Over a million wouldn’t be out of the question!

7) What’s it like to be part of the SwiftKey VIP Community?
Drawn in by the opportunity to beta test, I’ve found it fun to be part of a community dedicated to helping ensure the SwiftKey product is the best it could be. And knowing they’re doing their best to promote the app outside of the forum!

8)What are your three favorite apps (apart from SwiftKey)?

  • The newly update Google+ / Hangouts app (deleted four apps when they launched, they were no longer needed!)
  • Sliding Messaging Pro
  • NBA Jam for the downtime.

9) What are your three favorite websites or blogs?
Mine! :p
I’m on LinkedIn and Facebook a fair bit too but mostly Google+

10) Tell us something unusual about yourself!
After punching my younger brother in the hip in a fight and breaking my thumb when I was around 11, I have a loose thumb joint and can cock my thumb back like a Colt.

Want to get involved? Sign up to the VIP forum to be the first to test our betas and to join the conversation.

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