Mobile First

MG Siegler posted My Product Feedback and I’m starting to come over to his way of thinking. Here’s an excerpt:

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There’s a lot more where that came from. It finally settles on this:

Don’t build an app based on your website. Build the app that acts as if websites never existed in the first place. Build the app for the person who has never used a desktop computer. Because they’re coming. Soon.

My son will probably be a part of that generation, and he’s already coming. Is desktop computing going away? Of course not, but I think that “general purpose computing” is moving away from the desktop for a good number of people. Apps like Instagram have shown how huge a mobile-first application can be, and I think that there are going to be many more.

Even Twitter has allowed you to start using their app for almost everything (including editing your profile).

I’m pretty well settled that whatever I build will need to be first for a mobile platform and then maybe brought to the desktop.