As you’ve surely figured out by now, although lots of people are willing to give their opinions on any subject, many of these folks are morons (or at least uninformed). Tim Wilson is quite smart, though – he’s known for being an excellent investor on the tech scene – and he’s outlined ten golden principles for Web apps that developers would do well to follow.
Don’t feel like reading a long transcript of Wilson’s presentation that Keir Whitaker was good enough to take down? Fair enough. Here are the ten principles: “Speed,” “instant utility,” “software is media,” “less is more,” “make it programmable,” “make it personal,” “RESTful,” “discoverability,” “clean,” and “playful.”
Now, if some of those terms seem a little fuzzy, we’ll provide a bit more detail. “Software is media” means that developers should give their creations a personality, similar to how CNN, Fox News, and other organizations have distinctive voices. “RESTful” means, as Wilson explained, “everything in the application has a URL, and ideally, a very clean and comprehensible URL.”
So keep these things in mind as your develop your apps, and maybe you’ll find success or even receive money straight from someone like Wilson.