Long time followers know that I’m always hacking on something new and (hopefully) interesting. Partially because I just like to build stuff, partially because it’s just how I learn & explore, and partially because I see problems I want to try and help with or fix in almost everything I touch.
Regardless of the reason, my reality is that I build a lot of little things and it means that I’m almost always in some state of “launch mode”.
This of course brings a number of it’s own challenges, not the least of which is getting the first users of whatever the latest and greatest thing is that I’m working on.
This became especially front of mind recently as I’m trying to help my son (Timothy) build and release his first ever mobile app (more on that in a future post or two).
We are getting really close to release, and so I’m excited to try and help him build some initial traction. But he’s only 11 (12 at the end of October) and probably only knows about 100 people in total…how are we going to get the word out and have a chance at any real success?
Well, how about if I just email everyone *I* know, tell them about the app and what/why we built it, and ask them to buy a copy (and help spread the word)?
And that’s what lead me to build the latest, and greatest, version of Conversation List - a system that makes it insanely easy to build email lists from your actual email history.
But of course it’s more than just that.
In addition to making a master list of everyone you’ve had an email conversation with over the years, it automatically generates a number of interesting statistics around your connections, filters out some of the more obvious newsletter and junk email addresses, and even auto-tags a number of your contacts into sub lists for easy exporting/use.
We also provide a number of tools to make organizing and managing the details and members of each of these lists *super* simple…and of course a few extra special things that you can only find out about once you are a user.
Perhaps best of all, for a limited time, I’m offering the entire service for one full year, for a one time fee of just 99 cents!
All-in-all I think it’s a pretty unique and useful micro service for anyone looking to go from zero to something…but I would love to have you check it out and of course let me know what you think:
p.s. For those of you that don’t know/remember, Conversation List 1.0 was a system focused on building Twitter Lists from the people you have Twitter conversations with. I re-used the name & domain for this idea because I felt it was very much within the same general realm/idea (and it was one of the many idle/available domains in my collection)
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Kevin also talks in more depth about many of the these things around twice a month via his drip campaign and has a day job as CTO of Veritonic. You can also check out some of his open source code on GitHub or connect with him on Twitter @falicon or via email at kevin at falicon.com.
If you have comments, thoughts, or want to respond to something you see here I would encourage you to respond via a post on your own blog (and then let me know about the link via one of the routes mentioned above).