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All in One Social Network on AIR Failed my Test

Posted by Charles | June 30, 2009 .

I just spent good half hour playing with the Adobe AIR application Nomee. It’s a all-in-one social network desktop application. I’m very impressed by the radical idea/concept (shared card) and the number of sites it searches to collect your online social life. However, even though Its first tag line is “simplify”, my experience is everything but simple. After half hour with it, I’m still having no idea what this nice AIR tool could help me. In stead, I’m a bit of upset about the waste of my time.

Only because it’s an AIR application I tried my best to understand it and find good usage of it. I failed. The UI is cool but the default black theme is kind of overdone and depressing while struggling to understand the usefulness of it. A new tool with this magnitude of setup won’t get a lot of traction with new users. I think the problems is they want to do too much. I might be able to get everything straighten out if spending another half hour. But I don’t think I’ve ever give any new tool beyond 10 minutes before deciding keep it or dump it. There are way too many alternatives are waiting. I seriously hope people who design and develop RIAs learn and practice the real “simplicity” principle.

nomee All in One Social Network on AIR Failed my Test

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3 Comments so far
  1. Gaurav  June 30, 2009 7:13 am

    I Agree the application is very confusing !! I had to uninstall it after 10 mins.

  2. Mike Nimer  July 14, 2009 7:32 am

    Charles, thanks for taking the time to review nomee. We have been listening to you and others that have tried our first beta version. And have done a lot of work to re-factor the application based on what we’ve heard. Last Sunday we released a whole new version of the application and website. We’d love to hear any feedback you could give us with the newest beta version. Did we make things better?

    thanks,
    —nimer

  3. NomeeNewbie  July 27, 2009 1:50 pm

    I couldn’t see updates of my friends on any networks, it seemed rather useless unless you only wanted to send messages out to your friends. I couldn’t even see twitter updates from people I was following.

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