Some of my favorite Product pages shown with and without content.
Self Control blocks whatever websites you specify for a period of time. Here’s how it works.
It’s a free app and if you like it, you can make a donation via Steve’s website.
Beyond that, I’d encourage everyone to check out Steve’s Creative Time talk about his project Capitalism Works for Me!
Interesting take on this problem.
As I’m stuck on an airplane with no Internet connectivity, I decided to try out different apps and see which are remotely usable while offline.
Most apps, especially retail/Ecommerce, offer little to no functionality.
Tumblr takes the cake for offline functionality. It pulled up my old posts from last time I logged in without complaining about lack of connectivity. I was able to Favorite a post and have it show up in my favorites, and I could access most menus such as my followers, even if some of the user images were sometimes missing. In fact, I was even able to queue up this post!!
Walmart and Target at least allow me to click through a few menus without leaving me at a dead end. Zappos also gives me a nice home screen and lets me navigate through categories before stopping.
Fab, eBay, and Wanelo, all dead-end me before I can even see a single product.
Karma goes one step further and boots me out of the app when I don’t have a connection.
Shopstyle seems to be the worst offender of the bunch, trapping me in an endless loop of ‘connection lost’ dialogs until I exit the app with the home button.
A great offline experience can really set an app apart. As many New Yorkers know, 75% of your commute is spent offline while riding the subway (aside from the new wireless initiatives), and a functional offline mode will keep me clicking while I’m riding.
(note: I focused on e-commerce apps because I’ve been researching them a ton for Shapeways.)