Nat spends a few minutes beating the same drum that I've beat repeatedly:
Today I found out about Picasa, which Google acquired. It's an image archive/management package. And I found out about Farechase, which Yahoo acquired. It's like shopper.com for airfares, or something. I don't really know what they do, because I can't use them--they both require Windows. I know there are smart people at Google and Yahoo, but they obviously had no say in this. How will you get influencers to praise your product if they can't run it?
I wish I knew the answer to that question. I've been asking it for a while now in various forms. So far, the only conclusion I can draw is that maybe influences really matter only when you have a very small market share and want to capture a lot of in a hurry?
I'd dispute that claim, but the available evidence seems to support it.
Take a lesson from Flickr. This is web gallery done right: HTML and Flash interfaces, web service as much as web server, aggressively multi-platform.
Flickr gets that the future of interaction lies further and further away from Microsoft Windows, whether in other desktop operating systems or handhelds or TVs or ... Should you only be able to find good fares when you're sitting at your home computer? Look at the popularity of webmail--people want their mail regardless of which computer they're sitting at. Digital photos are just as integral a part of people's lives. Flickr agggressively embraces this decentralized world, and that's why people are talking about it.
Preach on, brother.
A nice byproduct of that is that Linux users would also be in the game with little extra effort.
In related news, my only Windows box (that I typically use only to run flight analysis software) died over the weekend. So I'm not being difficult. I really can't check this stuff out. I ended up stealing a few minutes of Radwin's time to see something on his Windows box yesterday.
This makes me sad.
Posted by jzawodn at September 08, 2004 08:35 AM