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Maybe the iOS and Mac markets are the same size(ish)

Brent Simmons did some analysis on download numbers for NetNewsWire on iOS and Mac.

Based on the above, and knowing that way more people use iOS than macOS, you’d expect the iOS app to be way more popular. But it’s not. It’s a little more popular.

I find this super-fascinating, because it’s some data — admittedly just one app — that confirms what I’ve thought for a long time, which is that, for some types of apps, a Mac app would do as well as an iOS app.

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Brent Simmons on following through

If you’re an app maker, it might seem like your goal is to get to release day. Get the app done, make it available, publish an announcement, and then get back to coding. Let the world do what it’s going to do.

But that’s not going to maximize your chances for a good release. You need to follow through — you need to keep going.

Brent’s list of things you might do in the wake of a big release is worth tucking away for the day after your next one.

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No algorithms

Brent Simmons:

I’ve been asked a few times about using algorithms in NetNewsWire to bring articles you wouldn’t otherwise have seen — from outside your feeds list — to your attention.

I’ve also been asked a similar question about using algorithms to bring articles — from inside your feeds list — to the top based on the likelihood that they’ll interest you.

I’m not going to do either.

Good for him.

This is what Twitter and Facebook are about — but it’s not right for NetNewsWire. The app puts you in control.

This is what I love about the spirit of RSS readers. More like this, please!

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