I was just reading a post by Hutch Carpenter where he was talking about the process we all go through during meetings or communications which require us to go from a starting point – Point A – to the end product – Point B. Most of the time the road between those two point while needed are usually misunderstood and confusing. It’s a very good read but I suddenly realized while reading it one of the best uses for the new Rooms feature on FriendFeed.
As a developer the one thing you are always looking for is continuous feedback – both good and bad on your project. A way for people to easily add in bug reports unlike most error tracking software which is a pain and most people don’t want to use. Along with that you want your people using the software to talk about it, brainstorm about it and yes even complain about it. But the key for all this to happen is that it has to be incredibly easy for these users to interact with you and each other.
Enter the FriendFeed Rooms. Set up a room for your project and next thing you know people will start getting involved – naturally – because it is drop dead simple to do. I would bet that any developer that goes this route will get some of the best conversation about their project that they will have ever experienced using other methods.
So which developer out there is going to give it a try – I bet you won’t regret it.
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