November 20, 2012

Improving someone else’s product

I spent a nontrivial amount of time writing code for uploading photos to Flickr from a web app of mine.  Flickr has apparently made it easier to upload pictures now, so my friend — the only user of my app — doesn’t upload pictures from my app anymore.

Lesson learned: By making your product a mere feature of someone else’s product, you’re giving up control over your own userbase.  (Related: Twitter and developers, a love story)

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