… which I wasn’t but anyway. Here’s an interesting speech about using tech from Jeremy Wright. It covers a lot of ground and shows some of the government’s thinking, but it’s very much about big companies with big, complicated systems.
Having looked around for ages for something that does what I’m OK does, I have found something quite close called Snug Safety. It is much more complicated than I’m OK, and it’s only available for iPhones at the moment, but it makes an interesting read.
It does a tonne of stuff which I’m OK isn’t ever going to do (I’m OK will NEVER send inspirational quotes!) , mostly because it’s trying to sell you a subscription package to an emergency response line. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just not what I’m doing here. It also has, in my opinion, a different system for letting it know you are OK, where you must press the button at a specific time of day. The advantage of that is that it can raise the alarm sooner, but I imagine it would lead to a lot of false alarms on the free version; on the paid version someone would make attempts to contact you before raising the alarm.
I know I said no more features, but…
There are a couple of interesting features that I’m considering having seen them on Snug Safety. First is an ‘I’m on holiday’ button. This would let users suspend the account for as long as they liked so they wouldn’t have to think about it while on holiday or whatever. I’m going to add this to the account management page because I think it’s actually very useful.
The second is a sort of ‘send my messages now’ button. I’m not so sure about this. It makes I’m OK a sort of panic button that actually still relies on people looking at their e-mail to respond. I suppose I think that, if someone can open I’m OK, press the panic button and them confirm it (there would need to be an ‘Are You Sure’ button too), they could make a phone call or send a text. But, if I get around to having I’m OK send texts, then this might be worth revisiting.