@Lighted_Candle Maybe there is a misunderstanding on the definition of deep linking. Consider when you are searching through google for a news article or specific post to a forum article. Clicking on the link takes you directly to the article, whether it’s within a website or within an already installed app. It does not take you to the front page of the news organization or forum to further force you to parse through all of the articles. It takes you directly to the point of the website or app that you intended to go to. This is deep linking. To take it a step further, take Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, etc. Those are actual apps from the app store. If somebody posts a deep link, let’s say a link to a user profile, I can click on that link and it will take me directly to the user’s profile inside of the app, or in the case of Amazon, I can click on a link to a specific product and it will take me directly to the product within the app. It does not take me to the home tab of Facebook, Instagram, or Amazon for me to have to parse through thousands or millions of profiles or products. Deep linking isn’t necessarily only about bringing users to your app for the first time…it’s also for providing an added service to existing users of the app who want to directly access the specific information they want to see with a direct link. It also allows for the potential to entice new users by showing a specific article they can read for example. Basically any major social media or eCommerce business that also has an app allows for deep linking into the app. These deep links are the foundation of shared links on social media and viral advertising. I would never click on a link to MSNBC for example, but I might be more inclined to click on a link to an article that says “30 reasons why politics suck”. In @garrison’s case, I might be enticed by a deep link to an accommodation that’s available for a reduced price in Cancun. I wouldn’t want to click on a random travel site link, but I might be more inclined if that link is for something that peaked my interest. If I did click on a travel site that advertised a sale, I might lose interest if I have to “find it myself” out of hundreds of other accommodations that may be promoting a similar sale.
You may not have a specific need for it in your case, but that doesn’t mean that other people don’t. It doesn’t hurt for someone to ask about it, because some people have a genuine need…and there is nothing wrong with giving alternative solutions with the tools we have at our disposal right now. Unfortunately one solution doesn’t always fit for every type of user.
Who know’s where something like this is placed in Glide’s road-map. Maybe soon, maybe not. All I know is that Glide has pumped out hundreds of new features in the past yeah and a half and none of us can say we haven’t jumped on any of the new features to make our apps better. That’s why we have this forum to discuss, ask, bounce ideas, and encourage each other to succeed. Not only for us the user’s, but also for Glide as a whole to drive interest and innovation.