Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Breathe life into your software. Give it 'personality'

More often than not, the warm fuzzy feeling you get from using a piece of software is NOT the result of one "mother of all features". Rather, it is the cumulative effect of a lot of  little features - all of which add up to infuse 'life' into your software and give it a 'personality'.

You probably knew this already!

But when I got a cute little warning while using Gmail, I couldn't help but replicate the warning - to get this screenshot:

(please click on the image below - to see what I mean)

8 comments:

  1. I love when people bring this feature up as if it wasn't made two years ago.

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  2. Similar feature exists in sup mail, but triggered with attachment keyword so far.

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  4. Sorry, but this *feature* is as welcome as clippy from Office. There is much to be said about giving your software personality, but this is not a good example.

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  5. I don't see this being like 'Clippy'. Clippy attempted to hold your hand while creating content to the point it constantly got in the way. This is just an intelligent warning check before sending. Drastically different things.

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  6. Actually I tend to send a lot of e-mails without the attachments I've promised. I wish this feature was in Outlook.

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  7. I agree with @51 Cards - this is a far cry from Clippy. And yes, @Thomas Moore, Outlook can really use features like this. Outlook should also take some tips from Xobni. The only thing that bound me to Outlook was syncing with smartphones; however, I've sacrificed that now in favour of Gmail

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