Unpackit: An offended user of Backpack
29 July 2006
Update: It has been a few weeks. Now that the dust has settled, I'd like to note that I made an enormous mistake posting these thoughts. I am, in fact, embarassed that I even had them to begin with. I apologize to 37signals and applaud their strategy to convert freeloaders to paying customers. I am happy for their success. Conversely, I am using MonkeyGTD and haven't missed the sharing of Backpack...yet. [37signals' Backpack logo removed. I decided that it was inappropriate to include it.] I've been betrayed. I was days away from becoming a lifetime paying customer. I had converted dozens of peers to the product. Some have become paying customers already. But now I'm leaving. I'm taking my data and going home. Today I've begun to seek alternatives to 37signals' Backpack to store my GTD data. Why, you may ask? Because they are charging for a new feature...
The Backpack Calendar is included on all paying Backpack plans! Sign-up for a free plan or discover more reasons to upgrade to a pay plan.
- Provide the calendar for the free account but isolate it so that calendar data cannot be shared, nor can iCals be subscribed.
- Allow a month free for free users.
- Provide the calendar for free users but only allow events to be created three months away.
- ...There are many other ways to allow people to experience the calendar while still encouraging them to upgrade.