iOS and Mac developer David Smith on the latest iOS 5.1 upgrade numbers based on the data from his popular Audiobooks app:
It took iOS just 15 days to get the same percentage of users on the latest OS version as are currently on any single version of Android.
It took just over two weeks to get 61% of users on iOS 5.1. This is the same distribution percentage as the most widely-used Android version, 2.3, Gingerbread — which is a year and a half old. Two major Android versions have been released since then, but combine for under 5% of total usage still.
And if you narrow it down to only include those who can get iOS OTA updates (iOS 5 users), the adoption rate of iOS 5.1 in two weeks is almost 80%.
Ex-Flickr engineer Nolan Caudill, on Yahoo’s breathtakingly bone-headed decision to lay off Flickr’s Customer Care (and anti-abuse) team yesterday:
After being a liaison between these two worlds long enough, you end up knowing more than anyone else on the team. When you have millions and millions of users that hit every button and link in combinations you would never dream of, then reporting the “interesting” outcomes of their explorations, these support agents become walking encyclopedias of the ins-and-outs of the site and with Flickr, there are odd edge cases waiting on every page. Having people on your team aware of everything the site does is huge. You literally can’t buy that or replace it or outsource it, though it appears that Yahoo thinks it can.
I started trying to write my own take on this, but it makes me tired and sad and Nolan said it so well that any further efforts are really redundant.
The one thing I’ll add is this: almost 100% of the expertise in identifying and removing abusive behaviour on Flickr was kicked out the door yesterday. In addition to their invaluable role keeping the community happy, these folks also kept it safe.
With them gone, there will likely be 2 opposite trends at once. Firstly, the number of mistaken deletions of content will rise (as the folks now tasked with the job are less aware of the subtle differences between, say, horsing around between friends and creepy sex jokes from strangers). Secondly, however, the amount of spam and abuse will almost certainly increase, because the people most adept at spotting the patterns and nipping them in the bud are no longer on the ground.
Yahoo’s made some dumb mistakes in its time but this really, truly, was the dumbest of them all.
Twitter made an important announcement this week regarding their ability to filter content across jurisdictions. The ensuing conspiracy theories and hand-wringing in certain corners of the internet were depressingly predictable, and as I tweeted this morning:
the world:hey man we've got some really serious problems like global warming and mass economic failure and riots and genocide and aids and cancer and your healthcare system is shit so maybe we should get to work
US government:sit down I have to stop people from sharing things online
Within 48 hours of starting this tumblelog, I got the following message:
say what? so Apple invented grids, rounded corners, polycarbonate, aluminium, the color black, bevels, yada yada yada? Owning Apple kit is embarrassing because of this type crap and people like you and Gruber and all the other sycophantic idiots pushing this crap on the web.