Dylan Bennett

Dylan Bennett


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396 weeks ago @ Google Android Blog - Android Users Need to ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Your analogy doesn't work because the reality is backwards. The same two shirts, one with and without the nike logo, will sell for two widely different prices. Guess which one is more. (Hint: it's the one with the Nike logo.) In the real world the premium price goes to the one with the corporate branding. Look at Abercrombie & Fitch if you want an extreme example.

You know, I'm not saying people shouldn't buy the premium app if they don't want ads. What I'm saying is that ad-supported versions are a bad alternative to the paid app. The developer wants to get paid with both versions of the app. I'm saying that trying to do that with ads is a bad way to go. It's a worse user experience using a method of revenue generation that has consistently been shown to piss off or annoy a large percentage of users.

I'm simply choosing to take the viewpoint of, "No thanks, I don't want ads as part of my life." I feel no "obligation" to make someone else's business model work. Being told I need to artificially support someone else's business model sounds a LOT like the RIAA, except in this case when the consumer takes their ball and goes home and won't support your business model, you don't get to blame piracy.

396 weeks ago @ Google Android Blog - Android Users Need to ... · 1 reply · +1 points

I really want to avoid coming across as a troll here. I actually want a discourse on this, so please keep in mind I may bring up some thoughts here I might not entirely agree with myself, simply to play devil's advocate.

First off, a part of me wants to agree with you and say I would like to support the sites I frequent. Another part of me also says, "Why should I put up with ads? I don't like them and I don't want to look at them." That same part also says, "Isn't this a method of 'voting with my wallet'?"

I'm telling advertisers that ads are not how I want to be told about your business. How else would I let them know? Asking to turn on ads for sites I support is like asking people, "Please watch all the commercials on the episode of Lost you recorded on your DVR last night." Why would people do that? To support the show? I truly and honestly don't know a single person who would watch all the commercials "just to support the show" if they had a choice to watch them without.

So while I understand the need for sites to make money, I personally think ads are a losing battle in the long run and will always be on the wrong side of a good user experience. Turning off ads is a way of making that statement and standing behind it. Yes, it may mean some sites I go to will not make as much money, but it also may mean that the more clever and innovative sites will explore new, more user-experience-friendly options for making money.

396 weeks ago @ Google Android Blog - Android Users Need to ... · 3 replies · +1 points

I don't think I've ever met a designer (web, print, app, you name it) that has looked at their design and thought, "You know what would make this look/work/function better? Ads."

Ads lower the quality of the product. You'd be hard pressed to argue that. Ads during television lower the quality of the experience. Ads on a web site lower the viewing experience. The prevalence of ad-blocking solutions is a great indicator of whether people want ads or not. (DVR's, AdBlock Plus extensions, etc.)

You say not all users hate ads, but I'd argue that a large enough majority of users do that it's not something you can dismiss and ignore.

To answer your specific question, do the ads detract from my use of this website? No, because I use an ad-blocker. I don't see the ads because I don't want them detracting from my viewing experience. Millions of other users of ad-blocking plugins agree with me.

396 weeks ago @ Google Android Blog - Android Users Need to ... · 8 replies · -4 points

Guess what? Users don't like ads. I'll say it again. Users. Don't. Like. Ads.

Some developers think that by having an ad-supported version and a pro version they are somehow appeasing the masses by offering a "choice". I think they're wrong. You're offering your real version of your app and you're offering a terrible version of your app that has a distasteful feature tacked on.

Follow me here. It's like Nike offering two versions of the same shoe. One is the great quality basketball shoe you know and love. The other shoe is FREE, and is THE EXACT SAME SHOE, but also smells like dog farts and emits sounds of monkeys humping while you walk. Guess which one the public will love to hate. Putting ads in your app is like making the fart-smelling, monkey-humping version of your awesome basketball shoe. Sure, it's free, but you soiled it by adding a feature that users HATE.

My point is that ads are a flawed way of making your app "free". It's actually another version that's inferior and people will hate on it for that. And rightly so.

The solution? My opinion is that you should either not offer a free version at all, or make your pro version so much better than the free one that people will want to upgrade.

But whatever you do, don't make the fart-smelling, monkey-humping free version of your app and whine when people hate it.

403 weeks ago @ Google Android Blog - How many updates do yo... · 2 replies · +4 points

Considering I paid for a two-year contract, I expect two years of service. That means two years of updates.

411 weeks ago @ Google Android Blog - What's your dream Andr... · 0 replies · +1 points

An app that alters the loading of apps on hi-res screens so you can load apps into their own "window" that you can shuffle around on the screen, or switch to fullscreen as needed. This would make Android tablets killer devices.

(If this gets picked, my brother gets full credit.)