Here is the email that was sent to the testers mailing list:
Good afternoon everyone,
Chris and Ash here – AKA: “The Touchstone Development Team” (we have uniforms and everything).
We would like to announce the very first Limited Alpha of Touchstone. We have quite a few new people on this mailing so I’d like to extend you all a warm welcome.
Instructions for downloading and installing the build are on the website listed below. Please read these carefully – this is only an Alpha so it’s not as easy to install as we’d like.
You can get your copy at: [secret website address here]
We appreciate your involvement - we hope that, with your help, feedback and support, Touchstone can begin empowering people to keep informed while they work.
To refresh your memory:
Touchstone is a gadget that persists on your desktop displaying news and nformation that you subscribe to. Initially this will be based on RSS and eventually it could include all types of alerts/information from various programs (through 3rd party adapters),
In this release, Touchstone looks like a news ticker (like the one you see at the bottom of news shows/stations on TV). Eventually there will be a way for the user to set rules about what’s important to them and configure additional ‘visualizations’ such as a ‘sidebar’ version, and various ‘alerts’ that popup when important information comes in.
These features are hinted at in a couple of mockup screens (that don’t work!) in the setup screen in this build
Chris Saad & Ashley Angell
Touchstone - Are You Paying Attention?