Here’s a question. How do you gauge interest in a product, service, whatever?
Okay okay, chances are if you need to poll for interest then whatever you want to do isn’t going to take off anyway. But still, sometimes you just come up with something, “hey that’d be a pretty cool thing”. You’d realize it, but you want to be able to share the joy instead of being the only one using it. You’ll want to see if anyone has any need for your product, if they might want to use it someday.
How in the world would you go about doing this? Asking friends and family is a way too small sample size, and asking strangers on the internet only gets you so far… or does it? You’ll have to make sure to filter out non-serious responses and make sure whatever you set up (poll, for example) can’t be tampered with. Even then, have you really explained the product right?
Might be a better idea to whip up a prototype and throw that at people. That’ll leave you with having to constantly explain “no that’ll be changed in the real version”, et cetera. Or, only if you’re doing it wrong. Heh, I know so little about this and would make such stupid moves. Glad it shows here, and not further down the line.
Opinions please, how would you go about gauging interest, potential userbase, what have you?