Now that’s a very interesting turn of events here… Or maybe Twitter are simply scratching Google’s back, in hope they’ll return the favor one day?
During maintenance we encountered a bug. It caused us to drop a very small percentage of tweets. One of those was Andy’s. As soon as we realized this, we began work to restore them. We were able to recover them quickly and they’ve now been restored. (Twitter spokeperson)
Anyone else ‘lost’ a tweet? Speak now, or ping MG - he’ll get it back for you.. ;-)
A few minutes ago, Android chief Andy Rubin sent out his 6th tweet. A milestone. Never mind that they’re all self-serving promotion with Rubin never responding to anything or really giving anything in the way of context. They’re all awesome. Kudos.
Your chance to meet with a VC, no strings attached.
‘And most importantly - the downside? Will you look amateurish if you come unprepared? Must you have a product? NO. Just let me know in advance that you are looking to brainstorm. That you are still conceptualizing. That you have a prototype but no deck.’
Most interesting analysis by MG on the recent Google-Mozilla deal (Google will pay $300m/year). It’s obvious Google want to keep themselves as the default search engine for Firefox, but the anti-trust reason suggested by David Ulevitch is intriguing. Very intriguing.
Well, on the surface, they do get something out of the deal — something quite substantial. Firefox is a browser used by millions of people. Thanks to this deal, it means that almost all of those users will also be Google (Search) users by default.
I don’t know what the exact percentage of searches flowing through Firefox is, but you can bet it’s massive. Google searches mean Google ads shown. This is still by far their primary way of making money. Makes sense. Got it.
Amazon has commandeered Android and is closing it down for their own purposes. The problem for Google is that those purposes are decidedly anti-Google purposes. Amazon wants to control the Android app ecosystem — the one created and nurtured by Google.
I happen to be in Paris at LeWeb where Eric Schmidt spoke today. I missed the talk, though several blogs summarized the more interesting bits. Namely, Schmidt seems to really believe that Android development will overtake iOS development in the next 6 months.
While it certainly reads like a threat, I can’t believe Schmidt’s intention is to be openly hostile here. Instead, thinking about his probable intention, it reads more along the lines of a parent telling a child: “you will eat all your vegetables!” Or, more succinctly, “I’m the boss!” Schmidt may just think is is good parenting, so to speak.
No matter how you read it though, it doesn’t come across well. It sounds arrogant and worse, as Gruber follows up with, it sure sounds like Google is missing the bigger picture: it’s not just Android these developers are overlooking, it’s Windows.
That’s an extremely powerful thought. If all developers cared about was scale, they’d go with Windows. But they don’t. And Google would be wise to at least try to understand why this is the case.
It’s not often that I’m taking such a strong stance in favor (or against) an app, but in the case of Path and Flipboard - I’m making an exception.
Path, the personal diary social service, released their V2.0 last month after almost 6 months of work - and it’s beautiful! As a user, you are captured immediately by the slick design, all red splash screen at the beginning, and the simple yet brilliant implementation of the timeline - which many voices out there are saying it’s the new benchmark. You can hear Dave Morin, Path’s founder, speaking with MG Siegler at LeWeb, about the challenges in developing Path (also introduced an equally beautiful Android version).
Flipboard, the best app for iPad (Apple said it, not I), launched their iPhone version yesterday, just in time, again, for LeWeb. Shortly after, their servers got overloaded as millions of users downloaded the app. Strangely enough, although Flipboard can be found on one in ten iPads (4.5m downloads), their iPhone version consumed more data yesterday then the iPad one. Amazing!
Flipboard for iPad is one of the most beautifully designed apps I’ve seen, and they were the first (along with books of course) to introduce the horizontal flip, taking advantage of the iPad’s screen and form factor - users are holding it with both hands, so flipping sideways is a normal behavior.
With Flipboard for iPhone they’ve reinvented again, this time - vertical flip. You have to see the front page to understand just how intuitive it is, and easy to use with one finger.
There are other apps out there doing just what Path and Flipboard are doing, such as Pulse News and Instagram (to name two). But since Path, I’ve only used Instagram once and haven’t opened yet Pulse News. So to paraphrase ‘content may be the King, but design is the Queen, and the bitch runs the house’ 😉