We’re turning the world around us into a videogame, using sites like Foursquare to tell our friends where we’re eating lunch, and competing to see who can become “mayor” of some restaurant.
Meanwhile, in the midst of all this, Glenn Beck has become an influential television commentator, and Sarah Palin is a credible candidate for president in 2012. You think this is a coincidence?
No way. What’s happening is this: we are being so overwhelmed by the noise and junk zooming past us that we’re becoming immune to it. We’ve become a nation of Internet-powered imbeciles, with an ever-lower threshold for inanity.
Beck and Palin are the inevitable outcome of that devolution. They are what we deserve. They are, in fact, what we’ve created."
Daniel Lyons of Newsweek
Wow. Lyons is right. And this is terrifying.
In my opinion, the following features would take WordsWithFriends from a great iPhone/iPad app to an incredible app:
- Don’t show the score or the first word played in a game until the other player accepts the challenge.
- Tabs kept on Wins and Loses per player.
- Matchmaking to pair players of similar skills together.
- Remove the link to the Facebook fan page at the bottom of the iPad app.
- Sync what the user does on the iPhone and the iPad to avoid double work
- Get rid of the redundant Send button in the chat
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If Apple wants people to use the iPad as a computer and not as a giant iPod Touch, multitasking has to come and fast. There are too many tasks done on computers that require multiple apps.
I was working on my iPad review this morning for the CU Independent and needed to jump from Pages to Safari to look things up a few times. Pressing the home button and switching apps isn’t too time intensive but, as Ryan Meier put it, “The iPad needs the equivalent of an Alt-Tab [feature].”