Don’t Take the Drive to Manic Feature Explosion.
140 | The Twitter Conference (#140tc) held a session on day one titled “What Makes a Good Twitter App.” It could have been titled “Don’t Take the Drive to Manic Feature Explosion.”
- Simplicity – do one thing very well
- Clear focus on specific type of user
- Open source
Next panelist was Loren Brichter (@bits), founder and developer of much-beloved iPhone app Tweetie (which reminds me to finally try it out). He was asked why did Tweetie become so successful. His initial response: ”I don’t really know.” After some probing, he offered up the following:
- Listening to user feedback
This last point let to a rich discussion (debate?) as to the role that user feedback should play in defining a product roadmap and feature requests. This is something I’ve witnessed at many a product company – often times, companies and product teams can’t strike the right balance. This panel advised that user feature requests must be balaced with need for overall simplicity / usability. Here here!
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