I do agree - mycroft needs serious advertisement. But it also needs a purpose and vision.
What I believe is desperately needed is a niche that it will exceed and thrive in. People will have to want it. Typically word of mouth happens when something is very dear to people and inspired them or exceeded their expectations.
You will NOT advertise a general purpose fork or a spoon or some random toilet paper.
I have yet to find out what it is that mycroft wants to excel in. What it’s special magic ingredient will be.
It’s not truly private, open source or fully open. It’s not super cheap or available. It’s not highly compatible or available as a simple app to install on your average phone as a phone companion. It’s not even able to talk among other mycrofts (sitting in the same house e.g.).
Worst of all: It’s not catering specifally to a group of influencers either!
For example why not attempt a heavy focus on gaming? That would be an easy win in my opinion.
Build some streaming assist tools - add features that gamers want to use. You will get a TON of advertising from that AND you’ll pull in tons of people wanting to tinker, code and be awesome.
But in reality I asked for a simple “always on” mode with macros or hotkey forwarding to PC and got a vague response of “might be getting looked at”.
Now I’m not even a hardcore gamer - but it’d be my advise on how to spread the word.
Just look at this (it’s an april fools):
650k views + tons of comments
"I was stunned by this and got hyped.
Then i realized its a April fool…
But imagine tho the feature where it cuts ur mic when u start flaming in VC that would be amazing"
"I don’t care if its an April fools joke, Just like last years gaming assistant USB stick -I still need one."
“Tbh I always love those Nvidia april fools gadgets… Start development i want to give you my money ”
“Nice joke! U make me cry when i discovered is april’s fools.”
List goes on.
Just imagine the amount of advertising you’d get if you could forward people to a gaming focused teaser site offering a few features?
Just for inspiration:
Mycroft has a display - try to show minimaps (integrated or not)
Mycroft could detect anger and eventually do voice conversion
Mycroft could start games
Mycroft could research / look up facts for posting (eventually even suggesting text snippets)
Mycroft could declutter comms by sending texts to contacts
And that’s just related to the video - there’s tons more! Mute certain audio devices, change audio from speakers to headset and vice versa - have an interface for macros and trigger them - control lights, enable interacting with hue sync modes, change RGB lighting, read out temperature warnings, GPU or CPU limits, announce or read out messages sent to you on request (discord, teamspeak etc.) - I could probably come up with loads of features.
The key question is: what is your magic ingredient to reach the general market - what’s your focus? If it’s just boring car and appliance integration I’d not get my hopes up of finding people to advertise. It’s just not an emotional topic to people (at least none that I know).