One thing that always bothered me about complex desktop applications like Adobe Photoshop or Eclipse, or even Desktop Linux is finding out how to use the more advanced features (or, truthfully, some of the basic features). I’ve always liked community response, so I’ve been on a number of mailing lists and it’s usually really helpful. What if these types of useful feedback were available within the application itself? You could literally just type a question into your help box, and a minute later you would get answers.
- I snuck a feature into Answerbag… the ask a question bookmarklet. Anytime you’re on a page, and you want to ask a question about it, using the bookmarklet will automatically fill in the URL for you. How does it work, you ask? Simple. Drag the link below into your bookmark toolbar. Click on it, ask away! Ask a question;)
- We never get ads that make any sense when developing answerbag, since we’re behind a firewall and the crawler can’t figure out our content. Edit: This is not happening with our live server, the screenshot is from DEV.
- Although it’s not officially announced, our read/write api is now out and in beta. It’s not officially launched on the site or anything, but we are looking for interested partners. Docs are here
- Someone was nice enough to post a story about Answerbag on Digg. I thought our widgets were pretty cool - this dude is impressed enough to call it “killer”. Awesome. read more | digg story
- Worth mentioning that the site I develop, answerbag.com, has a pretty good review on TechCrunch. They mentioned the XML API we have in the works, and the widgets we just came out with.