Earlier this afternoon the Chrome Web Store launched as part of Google’s Chrome Event. As soon as I went and checked, LockerPulse was listed as a “Popular” app in the news category. Very cool. If you are a Chrome user (US only unfortunately) I’d very much appreciate you taking a few minutes to install and review LockerPulse by going to the LockerPulse app page. Hopefully we can ride the wave and get as many people as possible to check out LockerPulse during this initial rush to test out the Chrome Web Store.
Now, the not-so-cool part is that there are two sports news apps in the news section and they clearly prefer the other one, FanFeedr, to us. They seemed to have built a new app just for this (why?), and they’re entirely free. By Google’s terms we had to put that we are a paid app if we accept any payments at all, even if it’s not critical to the basic usage. They are listed under the “Featured” heading and also have a banner in the rotation on the right hand side. Oh well.
This launch is what I was referring to when I said “I did however have a very interesting series of email and phone chats regarding a big opportunity for LockerPulse.” in my first post back from my trip. All of the new feature pushes in the past month have been an attempt to put our best foot forward for this launch. They were all things we would have done anyway, but the order and speed in which things were done was adjusted to accommodate this launch.
I really have no clue just how big the Chrome Web Store will be. While there are some exceptions, most sites won’t benefit at all from being “installed” on a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. The success or failure of the store will hinge upon the long terms success or failure of Chrome OS devices (which I remain semi-intrigued by…especially the data plans) and we certainly won’t know that for years.
All in all this has been an interesting experience, it’s some good publicity for LockerPulse (that hopefully we can ride for a while), and I’m thrilled we’re there upon launch building up installs and reviews, but from a developer and business owner standpoint I’m ready to get back to focusing on everything involved in turning LockerPulse into a successful business, irrespective of any one browser, OS, device, or app store.