I’m really hoping that this method of rolling out new apps to users is not going to catch on.
What I’m talking about in particular is how the team that has developed the new Mailbox app for iPhone and iPad has gone to a “reservation” style rollout.
Basically you decide you want to get the app, it then puts you in a wait queue based on when you signed up. Then, in the case of Mailbox, you can tap the app and see where you are in line and when it’s your turn to get access you are then let in.
You can see in the photo above where I currently am in regards to getting Mailbox access.
The bad news with that photo is that I signed up about 12 days ago and have only moved about 230,000 or so spots closer.
At this rate, I’m looking at getting access sometime within the next month.
I do understand the idea behind this method of releasing a service like this. The developers want those with access to be able to use it smoothly and help find bugs.
If they released it to everyone at once and the service could not handle the traffic, then people move on in a hurry and the project fails.
What do you think? Do you like this type of app rollout and wish others would do something similar, or do you think this is absurd and refuse to use a service that dangles the product in front of you?