The recently launched Dogspotting app opens up a whole new world
Dogspotting Mobile, the official Dogspotting app, launched just a few weeks ago and Savoia is still in disbelief.
"I dreamt of a little app before the word 'app' existed," he said. "It's mind-blowing for me."
Through a crowdfunding campaign and T-shirt sales, the app finally became a reality and Savoia said it brings major perks that a Facebook group doesn't.
"Analytics is huge -- actually being able to monitor our traffic and [use the] location services so we can get a sense of where people are using it.
"Also just being apart from Facebook and not having to worry about them changing [algorithms] or deciding all of our intellectual property is now theirs. Having our own thing is potentially huge."
Among other features, the app lets you check out the leaderboard (full of the all-time, weekly, and monthly top Dogspotters), keeps track of your points, and has the rules handy for you.
While Savoia's goals have been far surpassed, he still has a few desires. He wants to be on The Ellen Show, he wants to autograph something, and he wants a Dogspotting Wikipedia page. ("I have too much pride to write my own," he said.)
I had one last question for the Dogspotting founder that I felt silly for not asking sooner. "Oh my God, wait, do you have a dog?" I borked.
His answer, stated so matter-of-factly, shook me to my core. "Oh no! I'm a cat person! I'm actually holding my cat, Tiny Henry, right now.
"But, you know, you see a lot more dogs than you see cats. I like to make the number go up. I want the points!"