(DISCLAIMED: I wrote this in one go and most probably it’s not the best written blogpost ever.)
Robert Scoble sharing his thoughts on why angry birds could turn into a major identity player.
I never understood what people find so interesting and addicting in angry birds. I downloaded the app one night and played a bit before going to bed and that was it. Also, only a small percentage of people I know play or have heard of angry birds (hint: they all are people I follow on twitter). But then again I guess that’s MY world.
Now Robert Scoble sees angry birds players everywhere and believes, after having seen some things that are coming out in the future, this obsession is going to last forever. As a result he thinks that the game can become a social network that we can use instead of (or adjacent to, didn’t quite get that part of his post) facebook.
But that’s HIS world.
There are three very basic reasons that Scoble is wrong with this one:
- Angry Birds will never reach facebook’s numbers. Some of my friends’ parents are on facebook. That’s because all you need is a PC/laptop/netbook/whatever and an internet connection. Who hasn’t got this setup nowadays? To play Angry Birds you need an iPhone or an Android and comparing the people that have access to the internet with the people that have one of these two phones is just unfair.
- facebook was there first, and that makes it harder for all the competitors, not just angry birds. Who’s going to reupload all their photos to a different social networking website? Who’s going to refriend all their friends? Who’s going to relike, reshare and generally reproduce all their actions just because they play angry birds?
- Even if the above happens, facebook will have all the time to prepare its next features. And, as much as I don’t like Zuckenberg’s “evil” plans, the guy (or the fb team in general) clearly has lots of ideas. The social graph is the most solid proof for that. I can’t see them watching angry birds taking over and just doing nothing for that.
- People will just stop playing Angry Birds. For the video games art’s shake, they will! Comparing Angry Birds to Super Mario Bros. is just a plain disgrace. But even if it wasn’t, people stopped playing Super Mario Bros. after some years. New games came out. New Super Mario Bros. came out. Are we really doomed to playing Angry Birds for ever?
Do you know, however, who can challenge facebook? Apple, Google, Nokia, RIM, etc. Why? Well, they have everything facebook has, built-in. By nature. You have your gps-equipped phone so you can check in anytime and from anywhere you want, without the need of any special applications or whatever. You send texts and emails all the time, so you can update your status (or…”tweet”), anytime again. We all have cameras on our phones, so the very moment you take a photo you can upload it as well. And then you can “friend” people right when you meet them (as each other’s phones recognize each other). You browse the web? Like the page! You found an interesting article? Share it! Same goes for youtube videos, movie trailers, songs, whatever. Everything.
I just hope they don’t realize. Because, then, we ARE doomed…
I am “WOW!” now but I am sure I will be “WOW!”-squared when (and if) they tell us how things were bMAS (before MacAppStore).
Everyone knows I have more ideas and websites than I do time. Therefore, here’s a gift to the makers of the world. Here is a free website idea that I’ve had for a while and I’m giving it away. For free. I welcome anyone to take it and run. And by all means, let me know when it is up. OK, ready? Here you go…
I would love a site that asks folks for screenshots of preferences, for various programs, and asks them to explain why they have things set up that way. I’ll go first.
Why?: For me, Plain text is the most basic building block one can use to start something special. I like to get the words down in a format that is easily transportable and upgradeable.
Window size is important. Needs to be long enough to seem like a page but only wide enough to allow one to have two windows side by side. As well as plenty of space around them.
While Menlo is a perfectly fine monospace font, I’m always on the search for one I like more. That said, Helvetica has never left me with longing.
Author? Well who else could that be? I’ll decide the copyright later. Rights are not something my people have not had for very long. I still don’t feel I have a strong grasp of what they really mean.
Thank the closest deity for spellcheck. You and I both know I should check grammar as well but English is a nuanced language and I often disagree with the rules. Speaking of rules, rulers are good when formatting a page, especially if you care how they print. And copy and paste should be smart. As should text replacement.
Now, this is unbelievable: Visiting the preferences menu is the first thing I do in almost every new application I launch. But for a quite unknown and strange reason I had never visited TextEdit’s preferences! Fascinating…
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