Why Instagram Should Not Have Added Video

On the perils of changing an existing, highly engaging product. This is a response to this week’s Startup Edition question: “How do you build engaging products?” Facebook has a history of experimentation – changing things wholesale for large groups of users – and of changing the service so that it stays novel and rewards customer…

Notes from a Train

You’re riding through the countryside… Caltrain view #train http://t.co/2m261iPghw — Greg Meyer (@grmeyer) March 5, 2013 Some of my best and first memories are riding the commuter train into downtown Philadelphia with my Dad so that I could go see where he worked and so we could have lunch at a real restaurant (and maybe…

Why Vine and Other Short-Form Video is Important

Video is not just for Cats When Twitter announced the Vine product that allows you to share 6 second videos with friends, you may have thought as I did that the whole genre of app development was getting a little too specific. “Why would anyone want to share a short video with friends?” was admittedly…