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Limitations as means to succeed?

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  • On:Friday, February 19, 2010 12:55:08 AM
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    Take two examples, and think...

    iPhone and Twitter, both have more limits than you can imagine. iPhone doesn't allow you to change the battery, on older generations it didn't allow you to take videos, or even install applications not blessed by Apple. Twitter limits your breathing to 140 characters...

    But here's the trick!

    While competition were hard at work addressing these "issues", people didn't care at all! 140 characters limit? So what, send 2! Can't swap battery? Who cares how many people swap batteries daily?

    Getting your competition to -spin- trying to fix your "limitations" while you move on to the next great interesting thing, is probably the smartest thing ever! For twitter, while everyone was trying to make sure that you get more than 140 characters Twitter was busy adding capacity to cover the millions joining rapidly, provide extensive API support to help developer build on the success of the exciting platform and looking into ways to utilize Twitter as more than just another-social-network, but rather a communication platform and an incubator of new-simple-but-cool ideas. Having celebrities on it couldn't hurt either.

    Looking back at the history of some of the places, I can easily recall the success of places like in-and-out in California or Al Quds Falafel in Jordan, or even Reem Shawarma in Jabal Amman. They did one thing, and did it really well. Everyone was trying to compete by providing more stuff, and perhaps in all frankness everyone has done way better additional things. But most have failed to "get it", or even share part of the success of these folks.

    It only takes one simple idea, let's admit, it doesn't get simpler than Twitter! But it's that simplicity and availability to the world that gave it what it needs. A quick push forward in the right direction, wide, no HUGE adoption by every one which perpetually propelled these great simplistic, yet limited, ideas to levels of success that are completely beyond comprehension!

    Maybe the whole Twitter code isn't as large is say, a printer driver that you have on your PC. But it doesn't matter, because comparing line per line would put the worth of every letter of code in twitter at a staggering price.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, pouring effort, and sophistication into something doesn't always mean it will succeed, and the opposite is also true. However, in these two examples, it was the limitations that actually helped hurl couple of very simple ideas, into the stardom of success. The limitations gave a decoy for competition to work in a direction completely orthogonal to the successful trajectory and that made all the difference.

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    • KJ
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    • On: 2/19/2010 1:01:24 PM
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    True in a sense, there have been lots of twitter clones that provide more of the same or even "better" but it all not really needed aside from the simplicity of the app itself.

    Similarly the iphone has LOTS of limitations, but with Apple there is also brand loyalty involved in the success of the products. It depends on whom you are marketing your products to, really. Everyone wants something better, do more, and whatever, but that means you're targetting different people. A person here in the UAE has opened his own shawerma place, offering a variety of different tastes and styles (at ridiculously high prices)... but he didn't manage to grab the attention of the average Arab Joe looking for a plain ol' shawerma
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    • Qwaider
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    • On: 2/19/2010 7:39:44 PM
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    I think it's very clear that the issue is not price. Although the iPhone is clearly falls under wearable jewelry in addition to being quite awesome (and pricey!) so there are many "statements" associated with it. Many of the iphone "killers" just don't get it. It's not about the number of features you "allow"!!

    As for the Shawarma guy, again, he completely missed the point! I like the guys who started the Ostrich shawarma and Camel Shawarma! They are trying to be creative. But "copying" just for the sake of copying is really the worst thing we do. Just look at what happened in the computer hardware industry in Jordan! It's sad. Same goes for online content, software and services, even cell phone stores, just about anything successful
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    • afaf
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    • On: 2/20/2010 5:05:58 AM
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    so basically, when iphone battery dies...it is done...to the trash???
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    • Qwaider
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    • On: 2/20/2010 6:40:28 AM
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    No no, you send it to Apple and they replace the battery for you
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    • afaf
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    • On: 2/20/2010 5:43:15 PM
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    oh, good...thanx for the tips, dear.
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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