We use a credit system to manage app usage and reward users for sharing data.
Why We Introduced Credits
(1) Help offset the cost of running / maintaining the platform to provide the AI intelligence
(2) Return the control and economics of data to the user
(3) Allow users to become more significant stakeholders in Mei
(4) Create an efficient marketplace for information
(5) Help users to monetize their data, knowledge and potentially provide income for anyone with a mobile phone
With a credit system that incentivize users to share information, we hope to align our business model and incentives with the user, especially when it comes to benefiting from user data.
Choice & Transparency
Choice and transparency are behind everything we do. We believe that when users share their data, they should be incentivized to do so, not coerced. Mei’s default is to not collect any user data other than is necessary for sending / receiving messages. If a user chooses not to turn on the AI assistant, we don’t collect any information and our app simply acts as an upgrade to the stock texting apps that come with most phones.
If after turning on the AI assistant a user decides at any point they no longer wish to share information and earning credits, simply turn AI assistant off in “Settings“. Users also have the option to delete their account altogether if they wish. If a user deletes their account from our system and returns at a later date, their credits will be lost and any new credits awarded may be significantly reduced. We do this to prevent anyone from abusing our system by repeatedly deleting and re-creating accounts.
Buying and Using Credits
You can purchase Mei credits in-app via the Play or App Store. Just hit the credits badge in Mei , then “In-App” for Android users and you can select the amount of credits you want to buy.
If a user chooses to turn the Mei AI assistant feature on in our Android version, the app will anonymously analyze their communications with their contacts. Each user is awarded sign-up credits (beta testers earn an extra bonus) and credits based on information shared with us to help improve our algorithm and provide users with better intelligence.
For the Android version you can use these to run personality profiles, gain intelligence from our AI and poll other users. For the iOS version at the moment these can be used to analyze your WhatsApp messages and find out if the person you’re messaging likes you romantically and get advice on how to better communicate, but we will be rolling out more features soon.