I’ve tried giving enthusiastic two minute overviews of how wonderful and miraculous is beeminder to friends, family, focusmate partners, and it nearly always falls flat right about the time that I explain, “… and then, if you don’t make your goal in time, they charge you $5…”
[Sign of pained expression on their face, followed by Crickets]
"…and if you don’t do it at $5, then they charge you $10… but but… it’s REALLY not that bad… you can make you goal as easy as you want…]
I think from now on, I’m just going to explain that
“beeminder has been fantastic at giving me motivation to accomplish things that I’ve never been able to before, for the first time in my life. [Maybe give one or two examples.] Yeah check it out if something like that interests you. It’s spelled Beeminder, like reminder but a buzzing bee instead.”
Then I’m just going to SHUT UP and not explain HOW it works. If such a glowing recommendation isn’t enough for them to look it up themselves, then I doubt that anything else said would be persuasive. Or maybe they aren’t ready for the info right now, but when they stumble across beeminder in the future, they’ll remember my testimonial. They’ll be more receptive to the idea if they are looking it up themselves. Also, I think that articles and videos explain it much better than I do.