Giving Away Your Service for Free on Weekends

Posted on January 28, 2008  Comments (3)

Copilot is a cool application that lets you control someone else’s computer. So you can receive technical support remotely. You let someone access your computer and copilot takes care of the sometimes very complex task of linking the two computers up (getting through firewalls, etc.). You can use it to fix your parents computer after you move away… or you can can have your kid fix your computer for while you pay for part of their college… (I am not sure which description fits you). Copilot is now free on weekends by Joel Spolsky:

Well, recently we figured out that we’re paying for a lot of bandwidth over the weekends that we don’t need, so we decided to make Copilot absolutely free on weekends. Yep, that’s right… free as in zero dollars, free, no cost, no credit card, no email address, nothing.

While he doesn’t mention it I am sure they figured out this is a great marketing tool also. If you try this product there is a good chance you will find it very helpful. Fogcreek Software is looking for a Summer interns in NYC. I have posted about Joel many times, including: Management Training ProgramJoel ManagementThe IT Iceberg SecretSeven Steps to Remarkable Customer Service

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3 Responses to “Giving Away Your Service for Free on Weekends”

  1. Free Remote Control Software | Country Keepers by Gary Petersen
    January 31st, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

    “You log into their site, send the person you’re helping a link, they log into the site, and you’re in control. Very sweet…”

  2. annakat
    August 31st, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

    Fantastic, my son will run when I tell him this. As I’ve said in my previous comments being 60+ I need continuous help with my computer so I’m continually having him run by the house and help me out. Well he puts me off because he has to do this and that. Well now he can just sign up for Copilot is now free on weekends by Joel Spolsky: Don’t you know he’ll be thrilled.

  3. Curious Cat Management Blog » Using Free Content to Boost Your Sales
    January 23rd, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    If you are looking to create some business in the rough economy, try thinking creatively and expand your ideas of what is a good strategy for gaining customers…

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