I’m happy for anyone who manages to get filthy rich. Found a company, sell it to some bigger company, be happy. Go for it. So this isn’t about how you shouldn’t sell your company to one of the big guys.
It’s just about me – the user – and how I feel a bit queasy by the gigantic number of acquisitions that happened in the last few years. Remember four to five years ago, when a new interesting service was around every corner and everything had the chance to become the next big thing?
Yeah, that’s gone. Twitter – no longer an underdog – bought Vine, Facebook bought everything else, Dropbox are doing their best not to stay behind. Most of the things I use are owned by another company that I often forget about. Instagram and Tumblr are perfect examples. It’s easy to forget that the former is owned by Facebook and the latter by Yahoo.
It’s just not fun anymore. There where different products with different teams and ideologies. Now everything is one huge mush and even I, somebody who gladly gives Google all of his data, feel a bit… used?
It seems like Google is going to buy Twitch and Twitter thinks about buying Soundcloud and there aren’t enough new companies to keep the “everything is possible” spirit alive.
I’d like to see some more companies become big enough without getting bought beforehand to buy smaller ones.
Should the iPhone 6 have a larger screen?Anonymous
Seriously, I don’t really care anymore. Sure, I really like my iPhone 5S but I lost my interest in Apple rumors. For personal preference I’d be happy if they keep at least one version of the new iPhone at the size of the iPhone 5S. My attemps of using one of the bigger Android devices failed mainly because of their sheer size. My hands are obviously too small to use them conveniently.
If you can change Facebook, what would be the biggest changes?Anonymous
Nice try, Mark.
As some of you may know I’m a huge advocate of social reading and the whole topic around how to optimise the reading experience for people who expect just a little bit more than plain old text on a white background.
I had my fair share in trying to build a product around social reading of texts found somewhere on websites with QUOTE.fm. Let’s just say it didn’t work out as I had planned. Several reasons. Not far away, in Berlin, Readmill tried the same for Books and got a lot farther but now got bought by Dropbox and it doesn’t seem like “social reading” will be their main focus anymore.
However, I don’t really care who brings social reading to life, I just want it to happen.
For many people reading is one of the last bastions of peace and calmness, something where you’re on your own, just you a piece of dead tree in your hands, your thoughts and imagination. That’s wonderful, I don’t want to criticise that. I just want to enhance it for the few of us who are interested a bit… more.
I’m very much into cheesy romantic movies and I’m watching a lot of them lately. That might be the reason for the following – world changing – idea of mine: I want an app, preinstalled on any smartphone, that tracks what you’re listening to right now and if a person in your direct proximity listens to the same song, it opens a chat with said person. Done. Applause. Curtain.
I’m currently in the process of writing a longer piece on social reading and where I see its future, so this fits perfectly:
Instapaper just released a huge update. Besides the (amazing) redesign of both website and apps, they added a feature that made me ditch Pocket and switch to Instapaper. I even bought a subscription (their “pro” tier).
Here’s Instapaper’s Andrew McLaughlin:
@UARRR You got it. (And seriously, thanks for the kind words!)— Andrew McLaughlin (@McAndrew) May 8, 2014
When they do it right, and everything seems like they’re on the right way, everything I wanted to achieve with QUOTE.fm will be reality and I am very much looking forward to it.
Do you still draw/sketch a lot like back in the "real" uarrr days?Anonymous
I don’t. Not even close. Actually when I decided to stop studying illustration, I stopped drawing entirely. I always thought I want to become an illustrator and then discovered that design, be it UX or UI, is the thing I want to work with. I’ve never been very good (read: good enough to make a living from it) at illustrating either and I only miss it rarely.