Appnews.net is up for a week. Yay.
In such a short time it had easily surpassed (in some aspects) Rarst.net and generated plenty of interesting stats and opinions to crunch.
Site itself went up almost perfect except two minor issues – broken twitter buttons and I accidentally rolled back footer from final version.
But @appnews mirror on Twitter was complete wreck. I hadn’t setup it earlier and when I did – it had been right in the middle of twitterfeed having ton of issues. At first nothing worked, then overnight items went up with dead links because something went wrong with my bit.ly API setup. Twitter launch fizzled, will see if that part recovers with time.
With minimal initial push (introduction posts on participating blogs) Appnews growth in first week was outright explosive.
As of now it almost reached thousand subscribers (not counting half hundred followers on Twitter). Site displayed very high subscription rate (over 30% of unique visitors).
Aside from introduction posts:
- Introducing Appnews.net – awesome software updates (Rarst)
- Introducing Appnews (gHacks)
- Announcing: Appnews.net (Freeware Genius)
it hadn’t made much of a splash. Some short posts went up:
- Get the skinny on various freeware reviews [web]: Appnews.net
- Appnews.net - A new collaboration between some of our favorite software bloggers
- Appnews.net - Track Your Software Updates and Reviews (plus Appnews in sidebar)
- Appnews.net อัพเดทโปรแกรมใหม่ๆ (plus Appnews in sidebar)
No one of larger crowd that so likes to pillage gHacks and Freeware Genius for topics took notice. Too personal of a project I guess.
There are three types of feedback project got:
- whatever it is – it’s cool you guys are making it;
- it seems useful and time saving;
- it sucks comparing to [software portal of choice].
So main motivators are trust to favorite blogs and narrow focus.
Main de-motivator is also narrow focus.
As one of my long time readers @fernandoariotti put it in his tweet:
A time saver for anyone who's interested in good app and doesn't have time to read the 3 blogs
Well, I’d prefer people still read blogs but time saving theme is perceived large in Appnews. :)
Design is secondary feedback topic. In this week I was informed that Appnews looks great, boring, good, nicely minimalistic, too wordy, lacking color and fucking ugly.
Well that design obviously doesn’t get in a way of conversions and cost us nothing (kudos to TheBuckmaker and GPL). Gets job done.
There are quite a few various offers and suggestions piled up already. It’s too early to decide strategic course and a some requests are very complex comparing to current Appnews setup.
Personally I want to try widget/informer angle but no promises on that.
Going good! :)
So had you subscribed to Appnews yet? What’s your take on service?