Hey people who are trying to generate interest in an app or program that hasn’t been released yet,
I might be excited to join your announcement and invite list, or I might not be, but I’m really un-excited about your using the Launchrock “viral” invitation request thingy that asks me to promote your as-yet-unexperienced app to my friends (update:…to vie for earlier access to the app.) If I’m not using your app yet, I can’t endorse it to friends. And now that so many new apps are using it, the model is kind of busted to expect I’m supposed to hit up my friends multiple times a month, for each new app request I come across. It feels really impersonal and pro forma at this point. I tried this once or twice (sorry, friends.) I will not do it again.
It’s asking a lot to ask people to share something they haven’t used yet. Few apps will end up really worth it. And the attention and respect my friends grant me has to be more valuable than early access to your app, no matter how great it is.
@Scoutmob, I’m looking at you too. We in Atlanta all already know about you and like you. To see a Tweet or Facebook post multiple times a day from people I know asking me to join Revel via *their* link feels like spam. You’ve created that nuisance by creating this system where invitations are contingent
at on how many people we sign up. It’s like affiliate marketing to get into a program that is supposed to be fun, a reward, a benefit for loyal users. It’s too much. Chill it out.