One of the many domains I own is alhpalist.me - I got it about a year ago, with the intention of building out a very basic email list service.
The idea is that it’s a way for users to identify themselves as ‘early adopters’ who would like to be alerted of new/interesting projects that they can sign up for (before the general public).
And of course, the advantage to any project that would use the service is the ability to gain all-important initial alpha users (and jump start the uphill battle to gaining traction).
…I still really like this idea (and would love to use it both as an early adopter user, and as a developer of various projects)…so someday I plan to take some time and try to implement it (though I think building up the initial user list will be a challenge that I won’t just be able to crank out in a day).
Anyway - what do you think of this idea? If it existed, would you sign up? If you develop apps or services, would you want to use it to gain alpha users?
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Kevin has a day job as CTO of Veritonic and is spending nights & weekends hacking on Share Game Tape. 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.
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