It has officially been 38 days since we announced our intentions to build and release CoSchedule. We’ve made a lot of progress, and today we are officially beginning our beta period.
A lucky few of you have already been invited to join our limited beta, and will be receiving access to CoSchedule today. Over the next couple of weeks, we will slowly distribute access to those of you that have pre-registered for early access. If you haven’t done that yet, now is the time.
The Minimum Viable Product
We aren’t releasing the fully-realized version of CoSchedule today. This is just the beginning. The product we are releasing this week will allow you to schedule social media messages alongside your blog posts in WordPress, and then view them on a Google Calendar interface. It’s pretty dang cool if you ask us. For those participating the beta period, the process will look something like this:
- Install. Download and install the plugin. We’ll ask for your feedback on the installation experience. How did it go for you?
- Use once. Try the plugin with a blog post. We’d like to know your first impressions of the plugin before you use it more.
- Use 2 weeks. Use the plugin for two weeks. Put it through its paces.
- Final Feedback. Give us an earful, telling us your overall thoughts on the plugin, how it helped (or didn’t) with social media, and what you’d like to see built next.
Pretty simple, and pretty fun! We’ve been testing this thing around the office for the last couple of weeks. Despite the natural hazards that come with using alpha-stage software, the reviews have been glowing.
Just used the @coschedule WordPress plugin and, as a blogger, I’m blown away. It’s gonna be extremely handy for blog posts + social media.
— Julie R. Neidlinger (@julesvern97) March 22, 2013
Seriously guys, this thing is so cool, and there is so much more to come. If you blog – ever – you need this. If you want in, make sure you pre-register. If you want a full behind-the-sceens look at what we are building, that can also be arranged.