Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Keep it simple SILLY !!!!

The first version of Postman did well. 218 downloads in just 2 months and literally everyone around me knew about Postman. It was a HIT. But after talking to some of the users I did learn something. That something  made me change the entire way Postman works and probably my perspective of building any android application that targets an audience such as "The Entire World".

Postman v1.0 was based on user defined filters.Letting the user define custom filters,I thought would be awesome and powerful but in fact I did notice that most of the users liked the application to do the magic of filtering out spam rather than he or she defining custom filters.Also more importantly I encountered a different section of users who got confused with so many options and set wrong filters and for them the application did not work as expected.

So after giving it allot of thought I realized "lesser the configuration ,would in turn lead to lesser confusion and probably a scope for a wider user base" .

I then decided to revamp Postman and make it intelligent enough to detect the SPAM SMS itself .Now for the end user it would just be a one step process. i.e Install Postman and let it do its magic of filtering out Spam SMS.

Thus the phrase - Keep it simple SILLY !!!! 


Till next time... 

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