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User experience makes applications stand-out

What makes your application different from others? I strongly feel the user experience that you provides plays an important role to be successful. Some of us might have felt that(at least myself), you woke up one day with a brand new idea but later you realize that somebody had implemented that an year back. Which is a frustrated feeling, I have been to that situation so many times. So even if that idea exists already, how to make that idea a successful one.

Say if you are going to enter in to a world where there are n number of similar applications, how will you attract the users? A great example may be GMail, IMHO they entered to the party when Yahoo and Microsoft where ruling email market. But now GMail is much popular than other email service providers. One reason I could think of for this success is the experience that you get as a user.

Not sure whether anybody has noted this or not but today when was about to send an email to my friend, I got a message box saying “Did you mean to attach files?


Yes, GMail reminded me to attach the file. I was surprised to see this, GMail has intelligently scanned what I have typed in the email message and gave me suggestion before sending…. WOW!!!!!. I checked whether Yahoo mail has got this feature, not yet. That makes GMail stand-out from others.


Rajeesh commented
@Ananth what I was trying to convey is about the experience that actual end user get from your application. It has got nothing to do with development complexity associated with that. I have seen developers writing complex algorithms and ending up in a position were an end user won't recognize it. May be showing status in label, will be much appreciated by the customer
Ananth commented
This has been a standard feature in Thunderbird for more than a year now. I guess it should've been in a long time back. Ofcourse I don't know if its a whole lot difficult to implement it in web apps than in stand alone email clients.
Bhaskar commented
Wow! Nice to this :)
Sujith PV
Sujith PV commented
Oh thats great dude.. i never known this.
Suresh commented
Attachment detector is Just one Gmail labs feature ...go to labs and enable all, u can see many such crazy features :)
Tracen commented

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Fanny commented

I love reading these articles because they're short but inomefativr.

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