The decision to add advertising

When iPrioritize was launched I wasn't sure who the majority of users would be. I wanted to target small businesses, but I knew it just as easily could catch on with individuals - whether it be programmers, writers, students, or housewives. There was initially no advertising on iPrioritize in hopes that business accounts would generate enough revenue, but knowing in the back of my mind that we would probably need to put some ads on free accounts to maximize revenue.

After a mere two weeks it's become clear that the majority of users (well over 99%) are individuals. This may change, but for now iPrioritize needs to make some $ off all of the free users. There are now two ads, one on each side of your list, when you log into your free account. If you really, really like iPrioritize and really, really hate the ads then I would encourage you to sign up for a business account which will always be ad free.

From a business standpoint, this is a good thing because it takes pressure off having to sell business accounts. With free accounts generating revenue, it will likely make us more likely to target students and individuals as opposed to small and large companies. I *think* that it's better for iPrioritize and its users in the long run if the user base is primarily individuals. That prevents a few large business clients from dictating policy and keeps an even playing field for all members. The last thing I want to see happen is to have one large business with several hundred business accounts that iPrioritize is dependent on. Hopefully by making business accounts and free accounts "equal" with advertising, that won't happen and each user will have a fair say in future upgrades and changes.


Add Items on Mobile.iPrioritize.com!

I just added the ability to add an item on the mobile site (it's located at the bottom of your list). You still can't reorder lists, but at least you won't lose an important idea if you're on your BlackBerry and something pops into your head. There's nothing worse than not having a place to capture an idea and then getting to your computer and drawing a blank. Hopefully that problem is now solved :)


Firefox lists looking better; welcome del.icio.us users!

This morning I fixed something that had been annoying me for quite some time. The lists in Firefox were offset to the right about 20 pixels or so and they looked out of place compared to the perfectly aligned lists in IE. I noticed that visitors to iPrioritize are equally likely to be using Firefox as Internet Explorer (IE barely leads 45% to 44%). It's nice to see such technically savvy users! But I figured I should probably fix that issue if it was going to be affecting so many. So after about an hour of playing around with my CSS I fixed it and I'm happy to say that iPrioritize looks equally impressive in all browsers :)

Also, we had a LARGE wave of traffic and new users yesterday, primarily due to iPrioritize being listed on the "popular" page at del.icio.us. Thanks to all del.icio.us users for spreading the word and welcome to iPrioritize!


Organize Yourself Squidoo Page - All Proceeds to Charity

To help promote iPrioritize and promote organization in general, I started a lens on Squidoo entitled Organize Yourself. 100% of the income earned from the page will be donated to the American Heart Association.

The page is for all of those unorganized people out there who could use a little help. It gives advice on how to get organized, lists all of the free and paid software that can help out (including iPrioritize of course), and has some book listings for those interested in reading up on getting organized. I'm sure I'll add more too it as I think of stuff.

Check it out and let me know what you think!


A Few Small Changes

We made a few small changes today.

When you click the + button to add a new item, the cursor is automatically placed in the form. This makes it so you don't need to click the + button and in the form before typing in your new task. Hey, going from two clicks to one is a 50% increase in productivity!

The other change is to the paper clip that shows up when you add a note to a task. The contents of the note are now displayed when you hover over the paper clip (IE only). This saves you the hassle of having to click the clip or edit button to read the contents. Another subtle time saver for you guys.

Both improvements were suggestions of Kenny from Linefeed.be. They've got a pretty sweet piece of software called Secret Caretaker that securely stores your passwords. That's something that everyone can make use of so check it out when you get a chance.


Symbols Problem Solved for List Titles

We have had a few reports of users not being able to use symbols (! @ # $ < > / + = etc) in list titles. This is annoying if you want to title your list "things due by 3/5" or "meeting @ 10AM". The software wouldn't give an error, but it wouldn't input your list either. It took me only a few minutes to find and fix the problem earlier this morning so hopefully all is well now. Thanks for the feedback guys!


iPrioritize is Live!

Earlier today iPrioritize went live! Please, please check it out and let us know what you think.

From now on, this blog will be the place to find tips for using iPrioritize, information on upcoming features, and details of any problems that the application is having (although I hope it's more of the first two and a lot less of the third).

We want and need your feedback so let us have it. The future of iPrioritize will be shaped on what YOU tell us, not some shareholders in an office worried about the bottom line (the advantage of not being a public company). We will do what's best for our users, even if it might hurt our bottom line for a little while. We believe that what's best for you is ultimately best for us. Enjoy!


iPrioritize to Launch 6.13.06

OK, so I lied when I said iPrioritize would be launching on 8.1.06. We've had an enormous amount of support from our test users and so far we've had no major problems, so I've made the decision to go ahead and launch next Tuesday.

iPrioritize is a simple web-based service that allows people and businesses to organize their tasks. Throughout my college life, internships, and short time as an engineer I saw a universal problem: the inability to prioritize work. Not only individually, but as a group or department as well.

Part of the problem is that most people don't use a calendar to prioritize their work. They might use a calendar for their appointments or class schedule, but rarely to arrange their tasks. What do they do? They make lists. Many people still use paper and pencil, some people use Outlook Tasks or something similar. I thought it was time for an upgrade.

iPrioritize is the next evolution of list making. Your pen and paper list is transformed into a live list that can be edited at any time from any place in the world. It's easy for you to email and print your list, subscribe to your list via RSS, and share your list with others. You can even check your list from your mobile phone!

There will be a free account for individuals with 100% functionality. A low-cost business account will also be offered for managers and business owners that gives them permission to view and edit their employees lists. This gives them a way to get a birds-eye view of what's going on in their group without being intrusive. I think this is where the product will really shine.

Below are a few screenshots:

Drag your tasks up and down as your priorities change.

View your list anywhere you want. I'm really pumped about the RSS support. I think that's one of the coolest features.

View and edit other peoples lists with a business account.

If you can't tell, I'm totally pumped!

Check back on Tuesday to sign up for your free account!