Rdio rolled out some changes to it’s service recently and for better or worse, things are pretty different. It’s plain to see they’re wanting to dictate our activity towards various features or use cases and it got me thinking about how ‘updates’ like this are ethically handled.
What would it be like if you purchased a car and then chip firmware updates lowered the top speed because investors because worried about it’s capabilities? Or changed the arrangement of the dash interface HUD? Or stopped the back gate from opening because most people weren’t using it? Where do we draw the line between upgrades to a paid product and changing what we actually paid for in the first place? How can we inspire confidence in web products when the stuff we actually use enough to pay for changes every 6 to 12 months? Are we effectively paying for someone’s hobby? For R&D?
It all seems a bit immature and unprofessional. Change is inevitable, but it’s hard to ignore the sting of spending money on something where you have no idea what future you’re paying for.
Everyone says the key to happiness is being in the moment. By being present, time slows, appreciation grows and anxiety settles. Most of us are terrible at being here. In the now. Maybe we’re so bad at it because we train ourselves to skip situations. If we sat in the present, a shitty job might be too unbearable. A relationship with the wrong person might cripple us. What we’re supposed to be doing with our time might become so glaringly obvious, the horror of where we are drives us past the moment to a place where we forget. A place where we just simply survive.
Imagine a day spent where every minute was memorable, every accomplishment worthy and each experience special. I wonder if a good, long, satisfying life is as simple as spending some time in the moment and seeing if you want to stay there.
One more test. One more prototype. One more sample. One more iteration. One more re-write. One more tweak. One more tinker. One more de-bug. One more adjustment. One more observation. One more ‘What if’…
For as many people out there wanting features, there are just as many that want less. Don’t forget that we are out there too! We’re just a bit quieter because we’re getting on with things. Limitation breeds creativity. Don’t change a thing, Paper.
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