I Installed Fleksy VO, and Want to Tell you Why
My previous post in this Blog, discussing recent decisions surrounding Fleksy for iOS, generated a great deal of discussion, both on and off the Blog.
While I felt moved to write my previous post because of what I concluded was an important point of principle and the precedent Fleksy’s approach might set, I attempted to be very clear that I thought the people, and the technology they invented, were great. It saddens me that it’s all too common for people to launch personal attacks against those who have taken a decision with which they disagree. We should be able to separate the decision or opinion from the individual, and remember that while harsh rhetoric is being hurled from the comfort of a keyboard towards people we’ve often never met, those people are human too, with feelings and for the most part good intentions.
I’m not calling out anyone who commented via this Blog on the Fleksy article. But some of the Twitter comments over the last couple of weeks have done those who made them no favours. We should be able to have a respectful dialogue.
Someone who seems to feel the same way as me, is Fleksy’s Ioannis Verdelis. Like many people in business, he tracks what’s being said about his company on Twitter, so it wasn’t long at all before he read my post. Ioannis got in touch, and suggested we record a conversation in which he could clarify the company’s position.
That conversation became the first episode of the brand new “Talking Apps Podcast” on the equally brand new Appcessible.net.
Here’s the Podcast page, and here is a direct link to the MP3. If you’re at all interested in this subject, it’s worth a listen. I think it further illustrates my point. You can have a frank discussion while showing some courtesy.
I came away from the conversation with an even greater respect for the people who developed this technology and their long-view approach to making it widely available. That’s not an easy task given Apple’s walled garden.
I also detected genuine concern and regret that a good number of the community with whom Fleksy has worked the longest felt some unease about recent decisions.
Finally, I think there’s ready acknowledgement that the approached used to communicate these changes was too full of marketing-speak.
If you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear some pretty firm commitments made about when the apps will merge again, and Ioannis was adamant that they will indeed merge.
I think if there’s anyone among my readership who has never said something they wish they could go back and say a different way, or perhaps take back entirely, then I’d love to know your secret. I am not such a person, and am happy to cut the Fleksy folks some slack here. They’ve acknowledged they could have communicated this change better, a lesson learned.
Having had some honest dialogue, without the PR-speak, I now feel a lot more confident about the temporary nature of the current situation, and I have Fleksy VO on my devices.
The fact that Ioannis was willing to do the podcast shows both his commitment to this market, and his strength of character.
I don’t shy away from the principle that prompted me to right the previous post, it’s an important one. But if this situation is temporary and we have some firm timeframes, I can live with it for a bit.
If you hear the podcast, I’d be interested to know whether you feel differently, if you previously had concerns.