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Timeful #203

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nelsonic opened this Issue Sep 22, 2017 · 1 comment

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nelsonic commented Sep 22, 2017

In 2014 when we were exploring the features we wanted in "Time" our Task+Time tracking app, we briefly looked at "Timeful", however we did not capture our research anywhere public...

Timeful App

There is no longer a website for the app and the wikipedia page for Timeful is spartan but conclusive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeful
Timeful Wikipedia Summary

A todo list and calendar app created by Dan Ariely https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Ariely
acquired by Google/Alphabet on May 4th 2015 (announced on "Star Wars Day")

https://gmail.googleblog.com/2015/05/time-is-on-your-sidewelcoming-timeful.html
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No indication of the cost/price of the acquisition in any of the "Tech Press/Media":

The Crunchbase profile https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/timeful#/entity
indicates that the company was founded in 2012 and they got $7M in one Investment from 6 investors:
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Sample UI

This UI screenshot gives you a layout & color scheme flavour for the app:
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Video Review(s)

Thankfully there is a UI Demo video still available on YouTube:
timeful-app-review-video
https://youtu.be/dBO7bsgIAds

"Tips & Tricks"

On May 15, 2015 "Robert W" published the following video:

Timeful Tips and Tricks

Insightful Video Description:

"The iPhone productivity app Timeful was recently updated to version 1.7.1, but unfortunately it made the app less user friendly. The developers stated to me in an email that they were partnering up with Google and that they would only support the app Timeful but would not be adding anymore features.
In this video i will demonstrate some ways that you can still use the Timeful app in a more user friendly way, it will require and few more steps but it will accomplish the same outcome as the previous version did."

Endorsement from Robert Scoble

I suspect (part of) the reason the app got "mainstream" adoption and eventually onto Google's (acquisition) "Radar" (besides the Dan Ariely connection) was due to this extended review by Robert Scoble:
Robert Scoble reviews Timeful
https://youtu.be/ztswLXT8wfs

A short (succinct) overview (not much depth):
Short Timeful App Review
https://youtu.be/xHeEIiInWnY

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  • (Re-)watch all the available videos (please link to any new ones you find)
  • Search for other articles or press releases you can find from the time.
  • Summarise functionality you find intuitive/useful (preferably with reference to the specific section of the video and capture screenshots if applicable)
  • Create issues in the Time backlog with any features we don't already have described.
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@nelsonic Timeful is quite different to what I understood you wanted Time to be. Timeful was a calendar planner that helped people automate scheduling of time spent on goals. It was acquired by Google and the functionality built into Google Calendar: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/6334090?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

As I understood, the Time MVP was a time-tracking application that synched with GitHub issues? We should begin by defining the value proposition / problem / solution before market and competitor research.

ghost commented Sep 22, 2017

@nelsonic Timeful is quite different to what I understood you wanted Time to be. Timeful was a calendar planner that helped people automate scheduling of time spent on goals. It was acquired by Google and the functionality built into Google Calendar: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/6334090?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

As I understood, the Time MVP was a time-tracking application that synched with GitHub issues? We should begin by defining the value proposition / problem / solution before market and competitor research.

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