I’ve kinda deliberately not been in this forum for a few months. Throughout lockdown I’ve been much more conscious of how I spend my time and that means less time faffing about online!
What’s striking, coming back here now and then over the past 3 months is just how little has moved forward.
Lots of the same conversations about hoping for features that we still don’t know are being worked on, yet my app looks and feels the same as it always has - caveat: Monzo have never really announced a new feature in a way that allows me to know about it unless I’m reading the blog (for which the RSS feed doesn’t work so … meh), or visiting the forums. It’s all a bit quiet.
But my expectations were set over the last 6-8 months through the flurry of ‘Plus’ and ‘Business’ and lots of chat about features and presentations from Monzo that… have all dried up? But yeah I get the not-sexy stuff needs done.
I’m happy with the app/service, just curious if it was just my perception.
I guess also for the most of the last 4 months we’ve been amid Crisis.
Not sure what the Furlough situation is today with the full Monzo team, but they’ve definitely not been at full capacity.
My reflection on the same point, especially after Plussy stuff from last year, is that I don’t think Monzo even want to open themselves up to that level of potential criticism, if they posted more publicly for 4M users.
There’s this constant balance of “where’s the innovation” / “where’s the new stuff” - but also mass criticism - some positive but not always - when it’s not quite right, or worse, when it doesn’t fit the bill for everyone, all the time.
I think they still have some form of annual update - Investival recently, and they had that 1 day event talking about “The Future of Monzo” (or something similar), so I think there is a cycle to anticipate. And I hope they keep doing those.
But I also think there’s a massive expectation of Stuff, in a landscape that likely isn’t going to develop super duper new features - and primarily the focus will be on the back end stuff that makes the bank more efficient.
I’d like a working RSS feed too, but another option is Monzo and Making Monzo Twitter accounts. Web to RSS generators also an option ( e.g. https://rss.app/ ). To really cut out the noise could point it to blog posts tagged as product updates - https://monzo.com/blog/product-updates
I used to come on here quite a bit - but now it’s just the same posts about “coming soon” features, the odd new one and a whole load of speculation.
I said before I felt this forum would become an “echo chamber” over time and I stand by that comment.
Personally, I think the time is right for monzo to delete it - sorry but as it moves to it’s next chapter and grows I think this forum is a slowly dwindling customer base opinion pot for it, and while the views here are totally valid and I’ve enjoyed contributing, I feel the time is right for it to sunset…
For me, it’s about how Monzo compares against Starling, Revolut, Monese etc. It’s all very well developing things in the background, you’ll look stagnant against the competition if they’re regularly bringing out great features.
I doubt the companies need to agree to this, the banks already have the facility to stop & block these types of payments if you ring up and ask them to do it, just looks like they’ve made it more user accessible so saving people having to contact them and also at the same time giving more visibility on these types of payments