April 7, 2009
In his post entitled “FriendFeed may be the coolest app nobody uses,” Michael Arrington makes a very simple but powerful point:
And the fact is that FriendFeed may just be too complicated for the average user to quickly understand. Twitter is fairly simple: spout off on whatever you like in 140 characters or less, and if you’re interesting enough people will begin to subscribe to you. FriendFeed, by contrast, is a much more complex system with numerous bells and whistles. The power users love it. Novices can be overwhelmed.
For all of you out there building web products, remember the power of simplicity.