We live in an era of overabundance in every possible way; well, at least we the lucky ones are. We have the internet, access to drinking water and more food than we can eat, cars, planes, boats, you name it. We also have an app for every possible task we can imagine, hence the “there’s an app for that” saying.
I am really happy that people are building apps and services solving small problems, we are not all born into this world to cure cancer, after all.
I see nothing wrong with having an app for reminders, a task manager, and a project management SaaS, or having a specific app for writing, and another app for publishing that writing in.
However, as the list of the apps we use daily grows, a new problem emmerges: the problem of remembering where the hell that thing I worked on yesterday is?!
Organization of our assets is becoming a real challenge, so most of us turn to apps that serve more than one purpose. Evernote is a quintessential example of such an app. It is of übermost importance to me for its storage, capturing, and search features — and the fact that I have it on my phone, computer, and tablet — but boy do I hate writing in it.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app that would provide me a comfortable environment for writing, but that would hook into Evernote in order to save a copy of the document there for safe–keeping? Also, how cool would it be if it synced the documents in real–time?
Well it turns out there is such an app, and it’s called Draft and it’s a typical example of my point to which I am getting at: it is what I am now calling a glue service.
I see these glue services emerging more and more in the near future. Services like Zapier, ifttt, and Cloudwork enable us to connect otherwise hopelessly disconnected software services, and I couldn’t be happier to be using them.
I understand this is a really geeky thing to be excited about, but I really feel that more connected your service is to other services, more successful it is likely to become.