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Feature Creep

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on November 11, 2009

The art of adding features to any product or service is this:

Those who need or want the new features can find them easy.

Meanwhile those who don’t need or want the features don’t even notice them. They are invisible.

Sounds impossible to do, but I think the team at twitter are doing a pretty good job of it. The way I’d try and achieve this would be by making sure the visual structure doesn’t change, and the sequence of events to use it is not interrupted.

shhh – here comes the controversy.

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  1. Brent Shepherd said, on November 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I also like the way WordPress.org does it. The bare bones features are included in the core, while a seemingly infinite amount of functionality can be added with plugins.

    It keeps the software simple for those who don’t want extra features, while providing hours of fun for those who want to push the limits.


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