I feel like I’m going in circles with this project, so I’m reaching out to this generous community for a fresh perspective.
What I’m trying to offer with wwwas.it is a service for extracting, storing and summarizing links exchanges inside a company. I want this to be just a backend service, but I’m ready to build the frontend experience/integrations for the early testers. I have a prototype of the backend ready and a sample fronted experience (here).
What made me come up with this are the following observations:
- People are annoyed by links in their inboxes, they forget to check, feel that it is a chore, or have trouble recalling them
- Some of my interviewees complain that even though they use a modern chat platform (ex. Hipchat), they still struggle to get locate the links they want to recall.
- There is a general trend towards aggregation and centralising all communications but that requires buying into a whole stack or switching platforms (ex. Some corporate social software, Slack, Delve by Microsoft etc. etc.) - there are lots of companies who are going to stick to e-mail no matter what, but would appreciate ‘smarter’ inboxes.
- Corporations find it important to know what are the interests and knowledge already possess by the employees
What I feel bad about:
- The language I use on the landing page more appropriate to talk to an IT department, but the service is supposed to be valuable for managers or teams
- The feature is cool, but is only considered nice to have, or a noteworthy addition to other service providers
My immediate steps are to identify a niche audience that would in the long run help me develop and refine the service.
Just to clarify, this was never meant to be a bookmarking service, and I’m don’t feel I’d have an edge there.
If I could post a direct question, that would be - who do you believe could this be valuable for? Or, do you believe this is valuable as a addon/service in general.