I’ve read a bunch of arguments online that having the user pay you for a piece of software or a website has huge advantages over the now popular free-with-advertising model. I agree with a lot of the criticisms of the advertising model. Notably, that the advertisers become your real customers. However, I think the criticisms lack the nuisances of the advertising model that showcase some of it’s advantages. Here’s two that I can think of:
- There’s potential for a lot more money (depending on the type of software/website) to be made by the developer, which can result in a better product for the end user in the long term.
- The developer is continually beholden to the user because the advertising model implies a constant influx of users looking and clicking on ads. The pay upfront model (in a simple business sense) means you only care about your newest users paying for the software. Although your reputation will be hurt if you do screw over your early users, this is also true in advertising model.
These are two simple (and flawed) reasons, but they do help paint a more gray picture in the argument that seems to have pitted these two philosophies against each other.
I’ve definitely seen this happen before; and I don’t know exactly why, this time it seems odd.
The Syrian dictator, who has been under tons of scrutiny and was threatened with military action by the US after he was accused of using chemical weapons against his own people, has an Instagram account.
A man that has basically been vilified by most of the world (at least, in the West) casually just has an Instagram account. I don’t think I’m ready for this new world order. Two questions come to mind:
- Does he miss Gotham?
- Will he ever start writing for Buzzfeed?
(Not to make light of the situation; it’s hard for me to process the ubiquity of social media and the villainy of a person like al-Assad.)
The method seems a little unscientific, but this is the first data that seems to backup everything that I’ve experienced myself. It’s amazing to me just how much more responsive touch feels on my iPhone than any Android phone I’ve ever used.
An interesting theory on China, especially considering China implemented a policy to curb the number of young people through its 1 child per couple rule earlier this decade.
Some app developers are publishing their iOS 7 version stats. Here’s a link to _davidsmith’s stats. He’s sitting around 30% for iOS 7.
And here’s Mixpanel’s. They have it pegged at around 40%.
I’d say both are really impressive for a little over 24 hours.
Very cool edition to the OS; something that could help speed up Siri and FaceTime but impact on battery life?
Moore’s behind dislodged the ball from Sanchez’s right arm.
The best wikipedia on the saddest/best moment in recent Jets history
I’ve been trying to eat better, and this message from the FDA from 1917 is as good as any.
I wish people were still this excited to buy software.