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    • Firebase isn't going anywhere, count on it. Every back end service for apps Google has (push messaging, crash reporting, realtime database, remote config, analytics, auth, remote config, ...) is being rolled into it. Basically it's like AWS for apps.

      The risk of having to rely on it for critical functionality of your app, well, that's a different story, I'll tell it sometimes.

    • Every year, there are info graphics that come out showing what happens in an Internet minute, i.e. number of tweets world-wide, number of YouTube downloads, etc. Reddit no longer shows up on them and neither does Google+.

      Even at its peak, Google+ rarely showed up on anything. The media essentially ignored it. It was only mentioned in marketing blogs. Tech media was calling it dead two years after launch, and they repeated that mantra for four years, essentially killing it with self fulfilling prophecy.

      Don't get me wrong, I completely recognize the other major blunders which led to its demise; holding strong on the "Google+ as identity layer" was the right approach, and if they'd stuck to that, I think the ecosystem would have benefitted in such a way that it would have driven eventual critical mass.

      Reddit is another interesting case study, in that it is one of the single largest drivers of traffic available, responsible for more single link organic traffic than Facebook, and probably only second to Twitter in that aspect, and yet rarely gets any decent coverage. It often only shows up with the shitshow portions of the site raise some pressworthy hell.

      Long story short, I find those infographics to be less adequate snapshots of what's happenin online.

    • Most of the people I worked with at Yahoo were great! I had great managers too.

      There were pointy-haired bosses elsewhere in the company, and the leadership at the top was a constantly rotating cast of questionable characters at that time, but that's another topic. 😉

      I think the software development and operational processes at Yahoo when I was there really weren't bad for the time. I learned a ton while I was there. These days it sounds archaic, but back then it was actually better than how a lot of companies worked. There are even some internal tools we used there (like the yinst package manager) that I still miss and think were way ahead of their time.