February 24, 2005

that’s hot

Jamie Zawinski talks about Hula, the new Calendar and Mail server that Novell just made available for free, source code and all:

“…With a groupware product, nobody would ever work on it unless they were getting paid to, because it’s just fundamentally not interesting to individuals.

So I said, narrow the focus. Your “use case” should be, there’s a 22 year old college student living in the dorms. How will this software get him laid?

That got me a look like I had just sprouted a third head, but bear with me, because I think that it’s not only crude but insightful. “How will this software get my users laid” should be on the minds of anyone writing social software (and these days, almost all software is social software).

“Social software” is about making it easy for people to do other things that make them happy: meeting, communicating, and hooking up.”

What kind of sad twenty-two year old still lives in the dorms?

…The kind who thinks working on a groupware server is going to get him laid.

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