- I love the interface and design. Register and login are prominent, things are explained well, everything is clean.
- I love that I can merge my profile info from other networks to build my AtomKeep Profile. It makes it REALLY easy to use the service at the start.
- Freaking amazing how much information (and images) it imports into the system.
- Obviously a big challenge of AtomKeep is adding new profiles. It has some similar veins to FriendFeed. You've hit the most important services, though. Are Google Profiles, StumbleUpon, Digg, Last.fm or YouTube possibilities?
I am rarely impressed with new services, but a tip of my hat to you, I am impressed with what I have seen so far. After I finish moving to my new apartment, I am going to be sure to write a post about this service. I'll update this comment later with future impressions about the service.
What do you mean saying Google Profiles? Are you talking about the ones from Google Groups? These are planned. I can make them higher priority, if you wish ;) Digg and YouTube are also planned. No StumbleUpon and Last.fm in plans, however the demand will set the direction for that.
In addition to street address, you also have your education and work experience blocks for example.
Originally, we planned to have screenshots or flash demo, however, we never came up with a good scenario for that. Once you are registered, all our screens are pretty simple. However, I'll raise this problem again and discuss with the team, thanks for pointing this out.
When I land on the page, there's no clear place to look. I should have a clear, linear path that explains what the site does and then invites me to register. Instead, the first thing I see is the invite-a-friend button, and then some useless information about a new release, then the feedback button, a beta button, and finally, sign in.
Then, when I'm wondering "what is this place?", I see some marketing speak.
Rather than "no matter how many accounts, it's one place to keep them synced," with random bolded letters, it might be better to say "tell us what social applications you use, and we'll import your information. when you change your atomkeep profile, and all of your other profiles will be
automatically updated, too."
The site is filled with lots of marketing speak. For example, "Atomkeep is here to solve the problem of information redundancy." is itself redundant when you explain the function of the site-- it's very obvious what it solves.
A great idea, though. But simplify and explain functionality and benefit.
Also, your incredibly refined help section seems kind of silly when the site is so simple. If you explain everything cleanly in the beginning, why would anyone need to click help (also, they never click help; they just close the page)?
I also want to mention that the register form, while clever, made me not sign up. I am sure that after I enter my email address, you'll send me some email and I'll eventually have to pick a password somewhere. The uncertainty of where I would be choosing that password made me not sign up. One aspect of being polite to your users is making sure they know what will happen when they do something.
"We've sent a confirmation letter to your e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, click the link from the confirmation letter to activate your account. If you would not activate your account within 48 hours from the date of registration, your account would be permanently removed. Thank you.If you didn't receive the confirmation letter, please, check your SPAM filters and folders. If you still experience problems activating your account, don't hesitate to contact us."
This is not a polite thing to say to your users. It uses negative, commanding tone, issues a time limit, and then says that if I refuse to do X, my Y will be "PERMANENTLY REMOVED." For this application, I would assume that 90% of your users are used to how the web works. In that case, I suggest you change this huge paragraph to something like:
"Thanks for signing up. We've sent you a confirmation email you can use to login."
You don't need to mention the part about the spam folder, because people who would use this service will probably know about that already. Also, "If you still experience problems activating your account, don't hesitate to contact us," adds no value; if I have problems, of course I'll contact you. Most likely, though, anyone would just leave.
So, right from the start, there's a trust issue. I suspect the trust issue will be bigger than you think because of your target audience.
It's clear from your home page that you're targeting professionals and not, say, teenagers. That's the aesthetic, at least. But these people are going to be the most particular about what you do with their data.
That is, you're targeting the data-conscious and then asking them to give you access to their data.
This is what happened to Robert Scoble, for example.
There's seems to be an asymmetry, here. All I get out of it is convenience (or am I wrong?). You, on the other hand, get to sniff around my data. On top of all that I'm the one taking all the risk.
Doesn't seem like a very good value proposition to me.
Oh, ok, so you're going to get me to give you all my data and then you're going to target ads at me. Super-duper.
However, Facebook is not the only one network that we target to.
Trust me, Facebook doesn't care. Having me giving your credentials and then logging in on my behalf will get me banned.
"However, Facebook is not the only one network that we target to."
No, but here's a question: of your target audience what percentage have a Facebook account?
Not that it matters. Most social sites (or the smart ones, at least) have a policy against automation. LinkedIn stopped NotchUp using the same rationale, for example.
Can you be forthright? Let's say I sign up to your site and give you my Facebook and LinkedIn credentials. What, exactly, are you going to do with that information?
If I delete my account will all of my information on your servers be deleted? Will you ever send me notifications -- whether via email, IM, InMail, Facebook message, or whatever else -- that contain advertisements targeted based on the data I handed over to you?
It's very imporant to note, that when using Atomkeep - it just gives the same functionality as browser-based "Autofill", but on the Web. There is no any fetching of friends data, photos, e-mails, messages, whatever else. Just the data you have with Atomkeep, and the data you want to change/update.
No, we are not sending any kind notifications at this point of time, and we don't plan to include advertisement anyway.
What we actually planning, are new services that you can benefit from, basing on ability to manipulate the data.
In fact, you don't have to give us any credentials to other networks to use our site.
Or am I mistaken?
Please, give me your feedback about my startup company,
Atomkeep. You can be bad ;) or you can be good, any opinion counts for me. Constructive ones are better, however, I'd appreciate any help. Thank you!
The major social networks are fighting over who will store your personal profile information because it is the most valued data they have. Their authentication schemes (though in their infancy) usually only allow temporary access to profile data whereas you are copying it. Does this break the terms of service on Facebook, MySpace etc..?
2. We don't make data import feature as the primary value. It's good one to have, however, we don't do anything that the data owner (user) do not allow us to.
At the end, it is important that profile filled out with Atomkeep just gets "pushed" to any system you need (well, which is supported by Atomkeep). Even without importing.
And it's really important that it's _user_ who owns his data. It's not that he is trying to "fetch" his friends. He just works with his data, like "Autofill" function in your browser inserts your fields. And "autofill" is something what has been here for ages and has been implemented in numerous third-party tool bars for IE/Mozilla and nobody had problems with them.
I really love the design and execution. Keep up the good work.
Feel free to drop me an email to alex at atomkeep.com and I can tell you more. Thanks.
Currently, we target three different sources of revenue:
3. Strategic partnership
There are few more, less straight-forwarded ways, but those three should be enough for the first days.
Excellent you guys are far enough along to have a beta!
As jfarmer points out, there are some tricky issues around terms of service -- most sites do not want bots coming to harvest this data.
These two sections stick out:
"Atomkeep.com may use personally identifiable information collected through our website to contact Users regarding products and services offered by Atomkeep.com and its trusted affiliates. We may also use information collected through our website for research regarding the effectiveness of the website and the marketing, advertising and sales efforts of Atomkeep.com, and its trusted affiliates."
"Atomkeep.com will not disclose information about customers or users without express permission unless the release of said information is required by a trusted affiliate to facilitate action requested by the client, or is required by government subpoena. However, we may transfer information collected from Users in connection with a sale of our business."
the text at the top, especially the bold stuff, is too prominent and takes too much vertical space. you don't want new users to read that.