How Broken is Discovery on the App Store? This Broken

Marco Arment writes about search for apps in the AppStore:

Ged Maheux searched the App Store for “Twitter” and found Twitter clients ranked horribly below a bunch of spam and garbage apps, most having little to nothing to do with Twitter.
You can see similar ranking problems with almost any common search term. I searched earlier today for an iPad Instagram client — the iPad App Store search list for “Instagram” is just as spammy and unhelpful as this. I was only able to find what I was actually looking for by searching Google and asking people on Twitter.

And John Gruber Points out:

That this is still the case in 2014 is a worrisome sign.

How Overcast asks for reviews

My strategy to get good App Store reviews is simple:
  1. Make an app good enough for some people to love it. By nature, you’ll lose some people along the way, but that’s OK: an app that strives to satisfy as many people as possible will usually only get people to kinda like it, not love it.
  2. Accumulate a huge surplus of goodwill from those customers with a combination of step 1, usefulness, delight, and adding more functionality over time.
  3. Make it easy to rate the app with a button that’s never annoying or in the way, like in the Settings screen.
Overcast barely “asks” for reviews at all — it simply includes this section in the Settings screen, and not even on top.

And I have given a good rating to Overcast. Great App. Great Service.