McCarter (not his real name) has veiled himself in a shroud of mystery for as long as anyone has known him. His commitment to the art has been whole. We have joked for years that no one even knows how old he is, and he still has not revealed that to any of us.
I tried to steal his wallet once - "steal" is too strong a word - peek inside his wallet, but he caught me and so my attempt to enlighten the world was foiled.
"What does this have to do with the price of fish?" comes the collective cry of the three people who read this blog.
McCarter (he won't let me use his real name) was one of the few people who staunchly refused to download VIVA, accusing me of building an app just so I can find out his personal details, like his birth date.
"Come on, McCarter. If I wanted to find out your age, I would just steal your wallet."
"Where is my wallet? Give me back my wallet, you thief!"
I have always found it strange that people are happy to give all of their information to Google and Facebook, but baulk at the request from VIVA for their email, birth date and gender. We did try once upon a time to insert word bubbles to explain why we asked for that information, but we found users did not want to read the explanations. Designing for users like McCarter is so hard!
McCarter responded afterwards, "Ha! Yes, designing for me is hard. Facebook has my birth date because they require it and they are indispensable. Just make VIVA indispensable!"