The 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps

10goldenprinciplesofsuccessfullwebapps The 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps

Last year, I’ve watched the talk Fred Wilson gave at the annual Future of Web Apps Miami conference in February 2010.  I’ve stumbled upon it today and treated myself with another watch. This is so inspiring to me that I thought I would share it here. If you have 30 minutes during the day, treat yourself with a really great piece!

The full transcript is available here but here is the gist of it:

  • Speed – Speed is the most important feature. If your application is slow, people won’t use it.
  • Instant Utility – The application should be instantly useful to its user, not after lengthy configuration.
  • Software is Media – Your application should have a personality and a voice people can connect to.
  • Less is more – Do one thing really well when you launch. Then you can grow.
  • Make it Programmable – Others should be able to build, connect or add value to your application. Think read/write API’s.
  • Make it Personal – Users and programmers should be able to personalize their application.
  • RESTful – Everything in the application has a URL, and ideally, a very clean and comprehensible URL.
  • Discoverabilty – Your application needs to be built from the ground up to be discovered and optimized for social media and search.
  • Clean – Make your application visually simple. Embrace the KISS principle to your design.
  • Playful – You can turn anything in your application into a game. Anything.

Here is the video

The 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps from Carsonified on Vimeo.

Here are the associated slides

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