We have a bunch of features coming together at Wesabe, and some of them require a lot of testing on real people’s data to get right. Others have some interesting design choices, and we like trying some different ideas to see what will work best. Likewise, many Wesabeans like having access to features as soon as they’re ready to try, and love letting us know what they think about the stuff that’s coming up soon.
Other companies make great use of a “Labs” site to try experiments like this. (I think, but I’m not sure, that Google was the first to do this.) We’ve adopted that model for Wesabe and we’re happy to introduce Wesabe Labs. This will be our place to test out new features, and you’ll be able to see some of our upcoming projects by checking in on the Labs page.
If you want to try out a new feature, just click the “Sign Me Up!” button next to the feature you want. Be sure to read the detailed description of the feature, so you know what to expect and what might not be working yet. You don’t have to wait to be added to the tester group — the new feature will show up for you right away. If you decide you don’t like it, head back to the Labs page and you can remove it with a single click.
Our first Labs project is Pending Transactions. This allows you to enter upcoming transactions that haven’t hit your bank account yet — for instance, if your landlord takes a while to cash your rent check, you can enter it as soon as you write it, and see how much money you really have left to spend. Brian has been working on this project for a while, and it’s getting better and better as we get feedback from the early testers. We’d love to hear your feedback on it so we can get it right before launching it.
We’ll be adding more projects to Labs as they get to a good, testable point. We’ll make sure to announce them on Twitter as they are posted. Thanks, Brian, for getting this launched, and we look forward to hearing feedback from everyone!