Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bob Cringely on Talkinator

Bob Cringely, well-known computer industry guy wrote a nice article about the "Five percent solution". He uses Talkinator as prime example!

I like this idea - I remember many years ago someone telling me about Google and I thought they were nuts - "I have Altavista - why do I need this Google thing? (silly name by the way)". Or even a bigger one for me was when I first heard of YouTube - so some little guy is going against an already established Google Video with their only real distinguishing feature is that they only allow "short videos"?

Bob's right - sometimes a very established idea simply needs a 5% twist to take it to the next level.

Thanks Bob !

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Talkinator notes

When Mailinator came out, people simply couldn't get over the fact that there was no login - I mean, how can you have email that doesn't have a login and password? It was a very strong paradigm shift for some folks.

For Talkinator, this paradigm shift has so far been the shock of "all of a sudden" being in a live discussion in a Talkinator room. Again, they didn't sign in or realize it would happen. Its rather common for people to not believe its actually live (often they assume its some sort of advertisement).

It took awhile for people to get-it as far as how Mailinator works. Paradigm shifts come slow - but they're often a lot of fun.