Chirping like Sparrows

Let’s say you go out and buy a wrench for $10. You use it a lot and it works well. I think you’d call that a good investment.

If the company that makes the wrench gets bought out by a large construction firm which likes those wrenches you wouldn’t even care, because the wrench keeps working.

With Sparrow you bought your “wrench” for $2.99 for your iPhone or $10.49 for your Mac. And it works for you. And it will continue to work for you – even if Google, the large construction company, ends all development now they’ve bought the makers of your wrench.

It’ll continue to work on your Mac or iPhone as long as you like or it still works with the Operating System. You can keep having your beautiful multi-threaded conversations, with an uncluttered design, tailored inboxes, quick reply and (if you like that sort of thing) Facebook connection.

Or you could expect a refund because getting it on special wasn’t enough

or because spending less than the price of a cup of coffee on it was you funding a different version of the app

Which is a bit like buying said cup of coffee only because you think the producer might someday use your “investment” to protect the rainforest which might possibly surround their coffee plantation.

Instead, as Pocket developer Steve Streza writes

Yes folks, that wrench still works for the same reasons you laid down that huge investment in the first place. The best value you can get now is to continue to use it, at least until something better comes along.

Maybe you’ll even see the opportunity to build a better sparrow yourself?


3 thoughts on “Chirping like Sparrows

  1. Reminds me of TweetDeck.

    It was acquired and re-written as a native app by Twitter. Apparantly, the rewrite is crap. The older AIR version is readily available if you know to search for it. I’ve pointed several friends towards it. It also has more features than the native app and runs on AIR 2.6, which is the last version of AIR for Linux – important as there is no native Tweetdeck app for Linux.

  2. I agree in principle, but software rots quickly, especially where the surrounding infrastructure gets altered a lot.

    That may not matter on iOS and Mac, any Sparrow disrupting changes are probably one or two years away.

    It’s a huge problem on something like Android, which is constantly shifting and even on Windows, the switch to Windows 8 is likely to be big enough to render some apps unusable.

    I’ve got dozens of great, but now unusable PC and Mac applications sitting around in my study. Mind you, they generally cost $100 or more, not the few bucks you pay for iPhone apps.

    • I guess that’s the point, Bill. For the price you are paying, it’s debatable what you should expect. Software rots quickly, but for the $3 you paid, you’ll get more than enough value out of it.

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