I don’t know Twitter’s mission statement, but to me it seems like it should involve enabling stream-of-consciousness communication. When I look at heavy Twitter users (especially those with iPhones), it is close to stream-of-consciousness — it seems like they’re sending every other thought to Twitter. But it’s not stream-of-consciousness for most people, there’s too much overhead in posting to Twitter.
It seems to me that if Twitter had some spare cash, it would be wise to look into developing some more advanced technology. The iPhone is very close to wearable computing, but I’m sure there’s some clever ideas in the wearable computing area that could be adopted and branded by Twitter. There’s a great opportunity for them to pull a trick like Apple did with the iPhone, and bring this technology to mass-market in a nice slick package. It’s a natural extension of their current business, and it’s a technology that’s coming — a nice time to catch the wave.
The confirmation that the iPhone will only be activated in AT&T stores is a sign that a definite concession that was made to get the price cut made. I enjoyed activating my phone from the comfort of my home — it was nice. So, it does reduce the user experience which they’re always going on about.
But, that’s a one-time deal, and it’s not an outrageous expectation of the customers. No one buys a phone because they like the activation process, and it’s not a bolt out of the blue to activate in-store.
Plus, for the long-term, it gets more of the iPhones out to market, while still ensuring a profit in the short-term, and thus continuing to establish Apple as a leading player. Portable computing is obviously where we’re headed, and Apple wants to use its current goodwill to put them in front of the upcoming wave. Overall, it’s a good move for them.
I think the lesson to take away from this is that while short-term luxuries are nice, don’t let that which is not needed prevent you from making a good long-term move.