Releasing software is a scary thing. Every time I read a review trashing a particular piece of software, I always get an empathy-powered stomach ache. Somewhere out there is a developer or a designer who believed in that product and is/was proud of it. They may have lost their way as they were developing it, but at some point they cared. And nothing feels more like a kick in the junk than someone telling the world that your software is crap.
So when you launch software, you are silently praying that:
A) The app isn’t going to keel over as soon as a lot of people start using it. Scaling software (especially software with lots of data) can be challenging.
B) People don’t use your software and think it’s crap. And when I say “people”, what I really mean is “people you don’t know”, because you’ve probably had plenty of friends and family tell you that you’re extremely clever and your software just plain rocks. Don’t believe them.
So it was with great delight that I read our first real review by a person who had actually used RescueTime by Nigel Powell over at The Red Ferret, a cool blog/zine about gadgets, technology, software, etc. I nearly blushed when Nigel said:
“I can honestly say that this is one of the coolest web applications I’ve seen in a long time.”
Of course, he also said:
“Of course knowing about your time sloppy lifestyle is not going to help unless you take action to correct the problems, which is why there are plans to implement a time management feature which will notify you when you meet or fail to reach goals for a period.”
Very true. Knowing about a problem (and being able to measure it) is only a first step on the road to better time management.
Check out the full article here.