I am a fan, but your recent rash of "sites" is worrisome. You launched: HipHopGoblin (<1 year, down), CustomerFind (1< year ago), NYC-Chicago-Bus (49 days ago), EndAnts (23 days ag), CompassionPit (5 days ago!) and now this, AwesomenessReminders.
When do you even have time to improve, even promote, projects if you're tossing them on a weekly basis? It takes time to make anything monetizable, at least you need to create it first.
I think you're just an small sample of a generation of people who are coming to see businesses as just "idea + landing page". Sell, then build. A/B test today and build when the money piles up. etc. etc.
Slow down, for your own sake. Maybe even work on something you actually care about.
HipHopGoblin had a lot of potential, I used to listen to it; so you're at least capable of discovering and executing good ideas. You just need patience, and maybe someone to ask you "how's it coming?". Perhaps .. ProgressReminder?
I wonder why this has gotten 28 points. WHY should he slow down? I have done many many things myself and some have become very profitable.
From my experience, the fastest route to success is to do what you like. If this guy likes to start a new startup every week then he should go for it. If someone likes to do one thing for 50 years he should go for that. Neither of them would be wrong.
Zack: keep at it!
Like any idea or methodology, it can be good in moderation, and with adequate thought. Too much or too carelessly can lead to problems.
Of course, that may not extend to everyone. I imagine a reasonable portion of the self help community would embrace this sort of thing.
Anyway to the point: the site is awful. Bright yellow background? It's too simplistic (too 90s) and it just seems like a "scammy" site--which ironically (by some's standards, anyway) it might as well be.
For example I would consider getting this for my business partner because I think it would make him laugh, but I would want to tell you to call around 9:30 am EST and explain that he's my business partner and that if he asks why the heck you're calling him, to just say that his employees think he's super.
Also, some kind of sample recording would be great. Is it gonna be cheezy? Cheeky? I'd like to know.
No, seriously, I would pay for that!
The "You suck" version on the other hand has 7Bn potential users, each of which would probably be able to use the service for n other people (n > 1)
I think telling people they are awesome is a great idea. I agree that the website needs work. I like the charging for real people to do it.
But, this is one of those quirks of "geekish" conversation that can really, really irritate non-geeks (or, geeks like me that aren't in geek-mode): someone mentions a personal issue, and the geek -- who has probably at some point tried every non-obvious solution to some problem only to discover that it was the obvious solution that worked -- asks the person if they've considered the obvious.
The problem is that this often doesn't translate well to non-technical matters. By asking why I don't just call them and say the same thing myself, you're implying that it's the obvious solution that I haven't considered, or that you have some unique insight into a personal situation, even though you have zero information about it.
That didn't offend me, but it is something that can bother people sometimes. This time I just chose the most direct method of letting you know that you didn't know enough to even ask such a question. I didn't have the time nor inclination yesterday to write anything longer, but I didn't want to leave your question unanswered since so many people seemed to think it was legitimate.
>you're implying that it's the obvious solution that I haven't considered
I didn't mean to imply this. I was (and remain) genuinely curious as to why you think hiring someone to tell a family member they're awesome would be more effective than simply calling them up and telling them yourself.
I took your reply as rude because you had introduced a personal issue on a public forum but didn't define your boundaries of what aspects you were willing to discuss publicly; and when I inadvertently crossed one such boundary you cut the line of questioning off abruptly rather than offering an explanation.
Again, thanks for clarifying where you were coming from.
My understanding is unwarranted ego-boosting can actually be harmful. But that does not mean people won't use the service.
Also, I totally agree that it's key to have a balanced and accurate sense of self. But the vast majority of people are affected by social feedback. c.f. this study at Wake forest University http://psp.sagepub.com/content/29/5/623.abstract.
This is the same kind of awesome as claiming to be an amazing Casanova due to having slept with many prostitutes. It's not always about the action, but the intention.
"You're good enough, you're smart enough, and, gosh darn it, people like you."
1) I would not trust your site with my phone number in its current state. Consider emphasizing the fact that phone numbers will only be used for the sake of these calls and not resold (way too many of those ringtone sites resell phone numbers and consumers are now wary of any similar looking services).
2) consider adding some sample calls for people to listen to, I think this may boost your conversion rate.
3) Can I request to be called at a certain time or timeframe? I wouldn't want to be woken up
4) I could see a lot of people opting for a one time payment to get a single phone call to test the service out, you may want to consider adding that as an option.
Is there any plan to make "Monday / Friday" plans or something less frequent?
We can call whenever you want - just indicate the days you want us to call (or not call) on the new form.
The uniqueness of your site will be your strongest selling point... at least it's very possible it will grab you a ton of traffic. However, as it stands right now, that's more of a risk. Forgive me for being blunt: the site looks crappy.
I highly suggest taking it offline and cleaning it up a bit. List your features, the benefits, the options you have -- do any of these things -- before releasing it into the wild. You want to make the first wave of virality as advantageous as possible.
As far as the idea -- it's quick, easy, and instantly profitable. It's recurring. It (tries to) make people feel good. The idea "feels" right for this moment of time in the internet -- it's something I feel would be blogged about and gazed at because it's both absurd and potentially useful. All-in-all, really a stellar project to make some quick money.
Please, clean the site up before going any further. Since it's just 1 page, why not pay a designer? You can definitely find one that would be excited to work on this. Just do something to improve the appearance. I want to see this succeed.
Edit: And, personally, I think that stock photo kicks ass. It's the right tone - absurd, yet promising to be fun and exciting.
I signed up, why not?
(hello @ awesomeness reminders . com)
I'd like to see a smaller plan size, something I could do on a one-off basis to someone on twitter.
So for $2 a month, someone will call you once a week and tell you that "You're adequate". :)
Seriously though, a cheap pricing plan (something less than a beer) for someone to do something similar via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook) might work too.
I like the idea, but I'm not sure I'd actually want someone calling me with regular reminders. Personally, I'd probably get pissed off and stop picking up the number. like the idea mentioned by pwim; make it a one time thing. I'd pay for that. You could always have the option of a subscription based or single use.
This has its downsides as well but, in my opinion, it's a lot better than some kind of self help service which might make people feel even worse.
Have you compared the cost/effect of using Twilio vs a real person?
Save the visitor a little loading time and bandwidth and scale the images down yourself =)
harvard psychologist daniel gilbert goes into detail about some studies that describe this in his book stumbling upon happiness, which i reviewed here. http://www.zacharyburt.com/2010/06/stumbling-on-happiness-pr...
if you end up getting the book, you may be particularly interested in the salty chip study.
However, the fact that this idea is being so well received makes me feel really awesome about my ideas. So thanks -- I guess your site is working.