3 Ingredients of Creating a Great App

Ah.. we’re in 2016. Creating an app has never been quicker + easier than now!

If you have about US$5k and access to a good app developer, you can create an app.

At the same time, creating just an app does not matter much: In 2008, just creating an app was enough but today it would be half-witted to expect that.

Now, people have enough experiences to differentiate between an ordinary app and a great app.

People have good options to get their things done. More than one option in most cases.

When people did not have options, creating an ordinary app worked well. Not anymore.

Imagine that you’re traveling in a desert and you’re extremely thirsty:

You are halfway and you do not have a drop of water in your water bottle. You have been 
searching for a water source but you haven't found one yet.

A group of villege-men passes by and you ask them if they can offer you a glass of water.

They want to charge $500 for a glass of non-purified water which has sand particles.

You pay them and drink water.

What if you're in your hometown with abundance of purifie water at your disposal?

You ignore villege-men's offer, don't you?

In the App World, users have an abundance of purified water :). They’ll ignore you if you offer them dirty water. An ordinary app is like dirty water; a great app is like purified!

Here are the 3 Ingredients of Creating a Great App

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I reiterate – the below 3 are the ingredients of creating a great app:

  1. Attention to UX: Attention to UX will make the app more relevant to the user.
  2. Continuous testing: Continuous testing will instill the right habits for your app success.
  3. Measuring the right metrics: Measuring the right metrics will tell you how you’re doing against your app success goals.

A great app is made with users in mind, tested continuously and measured against the right goals.

A great app also means that the life of people associated with creating or consuming the app will be great. Users want it so their needs are fulfilled. Since users use it more, founders make more $$$, and since startup and its founders make more money, the programmers get to spend a lot of time on the hacktivities that make them happy :).

Great App = Great Life: for Founders; for Programmers; for Users! #startups #ux Click To Tweet

If you learn to make an app great, you learn to better your life. This is no exaggeration!

How to Create a Great App

The process of making an app great is the process of making anything great: may it be a strategy, customer service, organization management, personal leadership, writing skill, or a relationship!

The reason it is so difficult to focus on these 3 important ingredients is that it requires you to acknowledge that your original execution was imperfect.

#Startup world is looking for ppl who continuously work(hard or smart or whatever)to make it work! Click To Tweet

Is unconditional commitment to continuous improvement a part of your startup vision?

If not, it is going to be more difficult. If yes, you have an edge. Leverage it!

How to Excel at a Skill?

What do you need to excel at a skill?

Wondering what it could be?

Too many people believe that to excel at a skill, they need to make revolutionary changes in the way they think, feel and behave.

That’s not true.

To excel at a skill, you need to make a small change but on consistent basis.

To make a small change on a consistent basis, you need intentional focus and undivided attention to the task at hand.

BTW, Intentional Focus and Undivided Attention are the focus-keywords I’ve given to my team this year.

You need small yet consistent steps towards the apex of the skill-excellence.

Small is easy to start. Small is easy to measure. Small is easy to retrospect. Small is easy to correct.

Small is simple. Simple gets done, fast!

If you get better at your Photoshop skills 1% each day for next six weeks, you will see a 40% improvement in your Photoshop skills.

40% is a huge improvement, isn’t it?

It’s true for any other area of you life: Health; Cooking; Coding; Public Speaking … or any other area. You can excel at almost any skill you can think of.

Getting better by just 1% does not require you to make revolutionary changes in the way they think, feel and behave.

That’s less scary too.

So now you’re not scared, who’s stopping you from getting better at any skill you want in just about six weeks?

Any skill?

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Mobile Friendly website…? Is there an option NOT to have a mobile friendly website these days?

Non-mobile-friendly website means drop in organic search traffic.

You cannot afford it, can you?

When you search Google from your cell-phone, Google will show you a markup that says if the site is Mobile Friendly or not.

From a mobile device, search for your own site and if you’re not seeing the tag called ‘Mobile Friendly’ around your site’s listing, it means your website developers have some work to do.

Here’s how to quickly find out if your site is Mobile Friendly or not:

  1. Open your mobile phone’s web browser
  2. Go to google.com and search site:yourdomain.com
  3. Check if the Mobile Friendly tag is displayed around the web pages that are returned in the search result

Google also offers a utility as a part of webmaster tools which you can use to find out if Google considers your site mobile friendly. It would be good to run it against all the pages of your website.

“Responsive Website Design is the answer,” you will say. But that’s not enough.

Have your site responsive for sure but check its performance for usability also. If your site uses Videos then ensure that they are embedded using a mobile-friendly way.

Best mobile friendly website is not just responsive but offers best usability and user experience.

Hubspot’s website grader is a great tool that will help you find out lot of improvement possibilities about your website. If you haven’t checked it yet, it’s worth your time.

Another tool to determine speed of page loading is Google’s PageSpeed tool. It can be accessed by following this link.

Force Google Chrome to Remember Input Fields No Matter What

When you use Google Chrome to browse the web and log into a website or a blog, your life becomes easier.

When you visit the site for the first time, Google Chrome prompts to remember input fields such as username and password and upon acceptance, Google Chrome saves the input field values internally.

Next time onwards whenever you log into the site, it will automatically fill the username and password fields for you.

You don’t have to remember the usernames and passwords for 100 different sites that you visit. You get to what matters to you in no time.

It’s a huge timesaver.

However, some websites such as Payment Gateway sites through which you perform financial transactions, restrict Google Chrome to remember the username and password fields.

For example, when I use PayPal to pay my bills, I don’t get my Chrome to remember its field values.

Same is the case with some bank’s website and other payment gateways such as Stripe.

Good security, ah?

Well, this is my personal laptop, which is locked with login password which only I know. I don’t need this level of security to pay a just $100 bill. All I need is that I should be able to quickly fill the form, pay my bills and move on to next important task.

Google Chrome Remember Password Extension

Enter Remember Password, an interesting Chrome Extension which forces the Chrome browser to remember passwords even if the site has disabled the feature.

The extension is from CtrlQ and was released in April 2014.

Some people have reported that it didn’t work with their needs but still, I’d say it is a good concept and I hope to see it evolve further.

Worth checking out!

How Not to Unfriend Someone But Keep Him Away from Your Facebook Life

There are occasions in life when you decide not to keep relations with a person for everyone’s good.

You may not want to make a fuss of your that decision and do not want to “Unfriend” the person from Facebook for a simple reason – there are hundreds of common friends who may notice it and may give unnecessary attention to the matter.

You do not want to attract such attention from your circle.

Or if you get a Facebook friend request from your Boss that you must accept just to keep in good books of him but you fear internally that he’ll get to know about what you “write” after having 3 glasses of beer on a Friday night.

You cannot “Unfriend” your boss. At least till the time you’re in that job!

Here’s How to Keep Friends On Facebook But Not In Real Life

Put them in the Facebook Restricted list.

When you put a friend in the Restricted list, she will be listed as your friend on Facebook but she will see your posts which are publicly available. It is similar to what your Facebook Followers see.

Here is how to do that.

Step 1: Go to the Facebook profile page of the person you want to add to your restricted list.

Step 2: Click on the “Friends” drop-down box that appears at the bottom right of their cover photo.

Step 3: Select the option “Add to another list.”

Step 4: Finally, click on the “Restricted” setting that appears on the next menu. It will put a checkmark sign next to it.

Voila, you have put the unwanted person to the restricted list!

How to Delete Your Gmail Account

Do you think you have more Gmail accounts than you need?

Gmail has been around since about a decade and at times you might have created more Gmail accounts than you should.

And you think if you can delete your unused Gmail account.

Yes, you can. But let me come on that point in a minute.

Before that get absolutely clear that you want to delete your Gmail account. You may not need to. You may choose to forward it to your another email address or just ignore it and choose not to log into that account.

In most of the cases you won’t need to “delete” your gmail account but if you still want to, here are the steps:

How to Delete Gmail Account If You Are Using Online Gmail

Step 1: Log in to your Gmail account: You need to sign in to your Gmail account. If you have forgotten your Gmail password, you can recover it by following this link.

Step 2: Go to Google Account Settings -> Data Tools

Step 3: Under Data Tools Section, go to Delete Products

Step 4: Click Remove Gmail Permanently

Additional Steps to Delete Gmail Account If You Are Using Offline Gmail

Step 1: Go to Google Chrome -> Address Bar

Step 2: Type chrome://settings/cookies into your address bar and press Enter.

Step 3: Mouse hover on the search results and click the X that appears

Voila, you just deleted your Gmail account!

If someone sends you an email on the Gmail address you deleted, they will get a mail delivery failure message.

PS: If you think that you deleted a wrong Gmail account and you want to recover it, you may need to contact Google support. Expect to retrieve only username if the deletion has taken place a few weeks ago.