“The Battle Between Flat Design & Skeuomorphism”
My Amazon account is my entry to the cloud, my saved files on S3, virtual machines I fire up. My Facebook account is bound to 30 apps I developed (many of them are active and running) and my key to several other sites/services, Spotify for example. And finally my Google account, which is even more essential. My main mail account lives there, Analytics, AdWords, et cetera.
I think I (and you) should be nice and thankful to them. If one of them would cancel my account, I’d be totally fucked.
This post is inspired by the mid-strong shitstorm Instagram had to deal with in the last days.
If you build and launch a service like Instagram, you can either
- charge people by adding a price tag to your app
- don’t charge people and use them as a product later
In my mind, you should charge people. The only reason Instagram (and Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are free is that they gain traction faster and that it’s easier for users to sign up. The problem here is that users won’t tolerate to pay money for services in the future while being mean when the service they didn’t pay money for but love to use is trying to monetize them.
In the end it’d be much easier to charge users. Those free services are going to make it fucking hard to earn money on the internet in the near future. I hate my software to be sponsored and destroyed by ads, I’d much rather pay 100 bucks for Instagram or Facebook to see only the posts of my friends.
„Der letzte Lebenstag, vor dem dir so graut, ist der Geburtstag der Ewigkeit. Wirf alle Last von dir! Wozu das Zögern? Hast du nicht einst auch den Leib verlassen, der dich der Welt verbarg, und das Licht des Tages erblickt? Du zögerst und willst nicht? Auch damals hat dich die Mutter unter schweren Leiden ans Licht gebracht. Du seufzest und weinst? Das tun auch die Neugeborenen.“ — Seneca