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Monthly Archives: January 2007

I admit it, I do read Guy Kawasaki’s blog on a regular basis. Sometimes I find his posts to be slightly off topic (at least for me), but other times I find them to be incredibly insightful. His latest post, “The Top Ten Stupid Ways to Hinder Market Adoption“, provides a pretty good summary on surefire ways to slow down / hinder / eliminate market adoption of your product (provided that it is a web based product, but I am sure you can extrapolate out some of these and apply them to your product if it is not). For the details, read the article, but here is the high level summary so you get the gist (reader’s note: he actually lists 14 ways even though the article is titled 10…)

  1. Enforced immediate registration
  2. The long URL
  3. Windows that don’t generate URLs
  4. The unsearchable web site
  5. Sites without Digg, del.icio.us, and Fark bookmarks
  6. Limiting contact to email
  7. Lack of feeds and email lists
  8. Requirement to re-type email addresses
  9. User names cannot contain the “@” character
  10. Case sensitive user names and passwords
  11. Friction-full commenting
  12. Unreadable confirmation codes
  13. Emails without signatures
  14. Supporting only Windows Internet Explorer
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I admit it, I do read Guy Kawasaki’s blog on a regular basis. Sometimes I find his posts to be slightly off topic (at least for me), but other times I find them to be incredibly insightful. His latest post, “The Top Ten Stupid Ways to Hinder Market Adoption“, provides a pretty good summary on surefire ways to slow down / hinder / eliminate market adoption of your product (provided that it is a web based product, but I am sure you can extrapolate out some of these and apply them to your product if it is not). For the details, read the article, but here is the high level summary so you get the gist (reader’s note: he actually lists 14 ways even though the article is titled 10…)

  1. Enforced immediate registration
  2. The long URL
  3. Windows that don’t generate URLs
  4. The unsearchable web site
  5. Sites without Digg, del.icio.us, and Fark bookmarks
  6. Limiting contact to email
  7. Lack of feeds and email lists
  8. Requirement to re-type email addresses
  9. User names cannot contain the “@” character
  10. Case sensitive user names and passwords
  11. Friction-full commenting
  12. Unreadable confirmation codes
  13. Emails without signatures
  14. Supporting only Windows Internet Explorer

This is an interesting twist on the whole social networking space. It provides users with a place to place and manage small, friendly wagers. Not only can you browse interesting bets, but you can also make a bet, create a new bet, as well as a whole host of “given” social network activities.
This is how it works: Users set up bets, either for actual money or for the Gottabet currency (called “peanuts”) which have no cash value (but give bragging rights). Gottabet (UK based) is also a social network – all users have a profile page. Users are rated not only by how many peanuts they gather but also on their reputation.
If you are in to friendly wagers, then this site is worth checking out!

This is an interesting twist on the whole social networking space. It provides users with a place to place and manage small, friendly wagers. Not only can you browse interesting bets, but you can also make a bet, create a new bet, as well as a whole host of “given” social network activities.
This is how it works: Users set up bets, either for actual money or for the Gottabet currency (called “peanuts”) which have no cash value (but give bragging rights). Gottabet (UK based) is also a social network – all users have a profile page. Users are rated not only by how many peanuts they gather but also on their reputation.
If you are in to friendly wagers, then this site is worth checking out!