Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Our AGLOCO tech development engineer is still in Shanghai with the Viewbar team (now seven engineers). Cutting to the point, the current release date is now between 18 and 39 days from today (between Monday March 26th and Monday April 16th). I am told this is all a function of the QA testing results.
There has been a lot of blog discussion related to the technical specifications of the website, and the ‘comments’ section to the last post has acted as a forum for us to hear, respond to, and learn from Member feedback. Thanks to all those who shared their thoughts, both positive and constructive.
AGLOCO Development Team
Monday, March 5, 2007
March 1, 2007 at 9:37 pm ·
Here are a couple of AGLOCO updates in response to the questions Members have been asking:
Website Changes: As some of you have noted, the AGLOCO website has made a few changes this week based on Member suggestions.
For instance, on each Member’s referral signup page, the “Blogs Around the World” have been eliminated to reduce the possibility that a referral might be lost to an external site. Clicking on each language in “Blogs Around the World” now brings you to the relevant section of the Member blog page, instead of to a single pre-determined blog in that language.
Additional changes are being considered as well, and I will keep you posted on those changes as they occur.
Communication: One recurring request is ‘better network communication between Members’. I have commented more than once that AGLOCO will add many forms of communication between Members (including an opt-in approach for Members to reach people in their referral networks that they may not know). This website feature will not be worked on until after the Viewbar software release.
Viewbar release: A few weeks ago, I said on this blog, “The Viewbar is currently slated for a March release”, and March 1st is now upon us (a couple of you were optimistic and hoped for a release on the first of the month). I know that the Viewbar will not be released in the first half of March. Our tech lead flew to Shanghai this morning to work directly with our six engineers there. I’ll give you more of an update when I hear back from him.
Regarding your comments about giving an exact date for the Viewbar release: I cannot give an exact date. Again, a few weeks ago I posted about our plan for a March release, and we have also posted various notes including ‘scheduled for a Spring release’ and ‘coming in a few weeks’ (that last one has been up for a few weeks).
The March target, and all the dates we have projected for the Viewbar release, have been based solely upon our Engineers’ best estimates. I have asked our head techie for a firmer date, but he hasn’t given one to me. If I press him, he can give me an estimate, but he cannot be sure. Anyone who has worked with software engineers knows that they don’t like giving estimates because they know problems come up all the time in software development. For instance, we could give you an exact date only to get a bug in the last day of QA that would blow up that date. When we started the Viewbar software we had one engineer working on it. We now have six. We have incentive - we know that the Viewbar release is the real launch of AGLOCO.
Big companies usually leave lots of time to develop software and they miss their own goals all the time. Apple just missed its goal for release of the Apple TV box. Yahoo missed the launch date of its Panama software project by almost a year (and it was the most important software project the company has undertaken in ten years). And let’s not talk about Microsoft’s track record. What we hope to do at AGLOCO is to keep giving you the best information we have.
AGLOCO is a startup. We are pushing our dates to the edge knowing that, yes, if a delay occurs we do not have as much cushion as a large company would. Moreover, if there is a problem in development, we don’t have 50 engineers we can just throw on it to fix it fast. This is why you almost never see this software development process in a startup (they just stay in ‘stealth’ mode until the software is finished). However, due to AGLOCO’s unique concept focusing on the Member, we decided to involve the Members as founders, right from the start. We knew full well this would open us up to more scrutiny and leave us more vulnerable than other Internet startups. But, we thought it was well worth the effort to gain the kind of community that AGLOCO needs to be successful.
Believe me, there is nobody who wants a firm release date for the Viewbar more than me, but that’s just not possible right now. If I had known about these issues in getting software out, I might have stayed in the biopharmaceutical industry, where a single product takes 5 to 10 years to be developed and released (and the dates are subject to many, many factors).
There is uncertainty here and I don’t expect you to necessarily be ‘happy’ with any delay or lack of an exact release date. Still, the question remains: Are you a customer or are you a founder?
If you’re a customer who just wants to collect his monthly check from AGLOCO, then I would expect you just want us to ‘get it done’ fast, not caring how or why, so that you can begin collecting that monthly check.
However, if you are a founder, you have invested (if not your money, then your time and effort) into the business and want it to succeed by doing things well. You are living both the high points and the low points of the company, the troubles and the uncertainty, and your reward for this is that you get some of the financial upside a startup company has to offer as well.
Meanwhile, we are in the midst of our fastest week of Member growth ever. Our daily Member signup rate has grown steadily and is now over 400% (4 times) higher now than it was in the first half of January.
This is an exciting time for AGLOCO. I will try to give steady updates in almost every post regarding Viewbar progress. Ultimately, a brief period of uncertainty shouldn’t hurt the company nor you, the founding Members. We will continue to communicate the best information we have to keep an essential element of your trust intact.
AGLOCO Development Team
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Agloco Update # 2
Latest update from Agloco:
Viewbar - will be released within 6-8 weeks time.
New servers added to improve the Agloco website performance (remember Agloco targeted 10,000,000 members by 1st July 2007)
Hotmail: Things have been touch and go with email to hotmail. Despite Agloco efforts, they still put Agloco verification emails in their junk mail folders (we note this on the verification signup page, but not everyone sees that). Other websites have had this problem with hotmail as well. We’re continuing to work on this.
1) If the person closes their browser or
2) If they are inactive with their browser for 30 minutes
On the AGLOCO website, we set up a space on each Members account page for update messages. We have not activated this feature yet and plan to start using it later this month. We also will be making more active changes elsewhere on the site now that the new servers are functioning. This includes the blog referral page we announced earlier and new multiple language blog pages in place of the single ones we now feature. The referral center and FAQ pages will also be updated and improved.
That's all for Agloco new updates. Make sure you keep track with Agloco Web Site
Agloco Update #1
Resources from Agloco:
AGLOCO is four weeks old and it has already signed up tens of thousands of Members, created enormous 'buzz' (over 700,000 pages in Google's search results talk about AGLOCO) and established a website more popular than Toyota's or Ford's or Bloomingdales or Kmart's (it took YouTube 8 months to do that).
In addition to building the AGLOCO network, we have been working on the AGLOCO Viewbar which is now scheduled for release in 7-10 weeks. You may know that we started a campaign to sign up 10,000,000 Members by July 1st, 2007. While we know this is an ambitious goal, we also know the power of an Internet based network (several Members already have over a 1000 referrals). So here is what Agloco Member can do right now to help AGLOCO (and help yourself):
• Recruit at least 5 more new Members in the next thirty days - if each new Member does this, we will reach our goal of 10,000,000 Members by May 2007.
• For every five new referrals you get (direct or extended) doubles your AGLOCO income - over 90 percent of our Membership joins through a referral email from an existing Member.
How to promote Agloco?
Promoting Agloco is easy. Once you have sign up, you can go to Referral Center. From there you will learn everything on how to promote Agloco. The tips that will be revealed to you including:
• Who should I tell?
• How should I tell them?
• What should I tell them?
• How do Referral Links work?
• Samples of referral email
This is your guide to spreading the word about Agloco.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Is a small toolbar that rests on the bottom of your screen or browser window while you surf the Internet. The Viewbar™ software is what enables AGLOCO to collect the money you are earning while browsing the Internet.
The Viewbar™ keeps track of your online interests and preferences, and uses that information to deliver the most valuable message to you at the right time. Because privacy is a core principle of AGLOCO, the Viewbar™ communicates with our secure servers in an encrypted fashion to keep your information private.
Some people have asked: “Is the Viewbar™ some kind of ‘spyware’?” The answer is simple: The Viewbar™ is the opposite of spyware. Spyware sneaks onto your computer without your knowledge or permission, it steals your private information, and it’s nearly impossible to remove. Unlike spyware, the Viewbar™ is completely permission based, it keeps your information private, and you can always turn it off with a single click.
The AGLOCO Viewbar™ (currently in limited beta) is shown below:
NOTE: The AGLOCO Viewbar™ is currently in limited beta testing and is not yet available for download. We expect that it will start to be available to download in several weeks. It will be released to Members in the order in which Members signed up. No testers are receiving any earnings while using the Viewbar™ in this testing phase. For now, we ask you to build the community, because both you and AGLOCO make more if you grow the community.
The Viewbar™ also has many additional features:
Search (which lets us get you money from search engine companies)
Contextual ads (which lets us get you money from advertisers)
Anti-fraud and other software utilities (which lets us get you money from software companies)
Here is a screenshot of what the Viewbar will look like on your desktop:
Friday, March 2, 2007
- There's not much to loose.
- Referring a few people shouldn't be to difficult.
- You don't need much (effort) to get a piece of the action.
- You can enjoy the Agloco succes by owning shares.
- You can partipate while still in its beginning stage.