Archive for November, 2009

Incumbent Rep. Dennis Moore Retiring

November 23, 2009

Get ready to learn a lot about “Kansas 3” over the next year. Today, Rep. Dennis Moore, a conservative Democrat from a suburban district in Kansas, announced he would not run for reelection in 2010.

We have updated his bio in the congressional directory database. Since there will likely be a wide-open field on both sides to compete for the rare open seat, we will hold off putting in the names of the likely opponents for now. For those of you who own CongressPro, the bio will be updated the next time you are connected to the Internet. For others, it will come in an update we will submit to Apple over the next few weeks.

The importance of Rep. Moore’s retirement to Republicans is that they believe this will become a trend. Democrats point out that every cycle there are retirements and they do not expect an exodus from the House of Representatives on their side. A good round-up of the reaction was posted by The Hill today.

It’s anyone’s guess whether or not this will be a 2010 barometer but it does clear the way for candidates on both sides to get ready for a full campaign. It will be interesting to see how each side handles their primaries. Are each going to nominate an ideological purist or someone more toward the center? Regardless of who is nominated, this campaign will be targeted by both major parties.

Once the “Soul of the Parties” primaries are over, get ready for a race for the “Heart of America.”

The Value of App Store Reviews

November 22, 2009

If there is one thing we struggle with constantly it is trying to find ways to get the word out about our applications. We work really hard on them everyday and want to make sure folks know they have a better choice than an out-of-date paper directory.

So we do our very best. We’ve received rave reviews from websites that do such things. Each app has a survey that provides feedback to our development team. We try to answer every email that same day. And yes, we Twitter.

The one piece that is most compelling to many users, including us, is the App Store reviews. Those are great, especially if there are a lot of them, because they give you a sense of what the issues are and why people like the application. It’s also pretty obvious which apps are the best in their categories based on these reviews.

In “Winning iPhone Strategies” by Kisky Netmedia, they put it very nicely:

… “while there are plenty of app review sites online, the majority of consumers still discover new apps in the App Store itself – so reviews and ratings here are vital.”

We agree. Please, we encourage you to rate our applications honestly in the App Store. If you like it, remember to rate it. If we fail to meet what you have expected of us, please contact us first. If we cannot resolve the issue or if you feel strongly, post the review in the App Store.

The value of app store reviews is extremely high to us and to your fellow users. We do our best to provide something that is useful to you but you hold the keys to the success or failure of our applications. Please use that power wisely.