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Thursday, May 11, 2006

7 Reasons Why Web Apps Fail + *Procrastination* = 8 Reasons

Joshua Porter made a great entry making up these seven different reasons why the web app fail:
  1. Focus on social instead of personal.
  2. They solve too many problems, or try to.
  3. They’re about making someone other than the user happy.
  4. They sell it the wrong way.
  5. Not in it for the long haul.
  6. They show too much of what’s going on, and get gamed.
  7. They don’t have an underlying business strategy of improving people’s lives.
I think he missed the real item #1 which is a stopper, let's recreate this list:
  1. Procrastination : not doing the webapp, or not finishing it !
  2. Focus on social instead of personal.
  3. They solve too many problems, or try to.
  4. They’re about making someone other than the user happy.
  5. They sell it the wrong way.
  6. Not in it for the long haul.
  7. They show too much of what’s going on, and get gamed.
  8. They don’t have an underlying business strategy of improving people’s lives.
Paul graham has a nice entry about procrastination you might want to take a look at...
For techies item #3 is a killer too ...

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