We're really excited to announce some new features that launched today:
- INVITE A GUEST. This is a great new addition that will allow you to invite others for single conversations without needing to create an entirely new Cast together. I expect many will use this for interviews, for others it may help them control their conversations a bit better. You might want to talk to different people about different subjects, and you want to have those conversations from your own, central Cast. This is a great way to do that.
- The ReplyAll.me VIDEO is now easily accessible, especially for non-logged-in users. ReplyAll is still quite a new site, and this video does a good job explaining it. It's a great way to share the site without having to explain it yourself, just let the video do the talking for you.
- Several other bug fixes that you may not have even noticed needed fixing.
And here are some of our favorite Replies from last week:
- "In my opinion, career services should serve as the central hub to the law school experience -- not a satellite office" -Marc Edelman http://bit.ly/18m0Z47
- "We'll probably get a 6-paragraph recap of a phone conversation between Kelly and Peter King but I wouldn't expect much more." -Raimy http://bit.ly/18lY9fD
- "How fun is this site!" -Sschulder http://bit.ly/104nk2K ---------------------------------------------- Pro-Tip: If you're reading a conversation you like, or find a Cast that interests you, click FOLLOW on the top-right. Then pop over to your Following tab on the homescreen to check out their latest work. Not every conversation will find it's way to the homepage, and this is a great way to make sure you don't miss anything.
So it's become quite clear, just from the past few days where notifications were turned off, how crucial it is to participation and keeping up our awareness of the site's going-ons.
When we were preparing the site from the ground up we felt very strongly that we wanted to limit the amount of emails users are getting from the site, but even during the earliest beta phase we had requests for it. Even the primitive ones we've been using until now have served a purpose.
Our plan has been to offer options on your Profile page, to opt in/out of which emails you'll get notifications for (new conversations started, new replies, new eavesdrops). Until that functionality is available though, we'll likely attempt to go back to the basic emails, albeit with more information included (like content, and direct links).
This is something I've wondered about for a while. Why do so many tech space companies have these funky names that don't seem to describe their product at all? When I pitched my uncle on ReplyAll, his comment to me was, "Don't you need a sexy name?"
I didn't agree with the criticism. I think ReplyAll explains as well as any current phrase or new word combination exactly what we're doing and after testing it on a number of people I got an overall positive response.
I know that some companies try to avoid a common use name for trademark reasons, and others are just looking for available dot com names because of the squatters, but it seems like too many companies use names that could have been names for a model of Car -- try and tell me you wouldn't buy the Toyota Sulia or the Mazda Convore.
Ha. It's somewhat difficult because in hindsight it's hard to judge whether or not there's an appreciable difference between a google/twitter vs. a voxer/vimeo.
Even Tumblr with the lack of vowels works...but also doesn't. And then I wonder what true effect it really has overall, are there genuinely companies that will succeed or fail based solely on their name choice? It could definitely help or hurt, which is why it's important, but could it make all the difference...
I was discussing this with Ari last night, but I have an intense fear of failure. Intense isn't even the right word. My fear of failure is constant and it's palpable. I've spoken with people who suffer from addiction and they'll often describe "the itch," which they can only get rid of by using hard core drugs.
I, too, have an itch, but it's fear of failure. The only thing for me that can make it go away is working on ReplyAll. Sounds great right? Means I'm always working hard? It's not. The truth is there's not always something that needs to get done imminently, and it would be best for the company if I took a break, meditated on an idea or spent time with friends and family. But, even when I try to take a break, I can't. You both know that I'm Sabbath observant, but I find myself discussing ReplyAll on the Sabbath and trying to collect feedback. When I'm with my family, I'm checking my email and looking out for potential competitors on twitter and tech blogs.
Neither of you seem to suffer from fear of failure the same way I do, and I'm curious (a) if that's accurate and (b) how you cope with fear of failure? Does it not enter your consciousness?
I think there might be some difference between the Israeli and American experience here. The Israeli entrepreneurial community embraces failure whereas I think America focuses more on celebrating success.
I don't want to turn this into a blog post -- and I have a lot more to say about this -- so let's keep it as conversation. Thoughts?