Did you ever write pen pal letters in grade school?
Spent some time writing a letter, then weeks later you'd get a response from someone somewhere far away. It was awesome, right? The idea for Converse was to bring that experience to smartphones and to make the entire process easier.
I then tested it with 20 users from various countries. Unfortunately, I made a few crucial omissions in my platform, including a lack of notifications and a lack of profile pictures. By the time I added email notifications (with SendGrid) and began work on pictures, the majority of testers stopped using it.
At that point (August 2015), I decided to improve my development skills and return to the project once I had more experience, particularly with back-end work. Though I'm no longer hosting the site, you can still see the source code (some of the first code I ever wrote) at https://github.com/StartupSam/Converse.