The Red Queen

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” –┬áThe Red Queen

Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through The Looking Glass has an insight. It’s one that’s been quoted often, even becoming part of evolutionary theory: that as your prey or your predator evolves to escape or capture you, so you must also evolve. Not to gain an advantage, but just to keep the status quo.

You have to keep running just to stand still.

And so it is with technology. We’re all familiar with smartphones getting better and better, and other manufacturers improving, leapfrogging, falling behind… But it happens under the bonnet, too.

Last week Twitter shot down it’s API v1. It’s true that v1.1 is better, more robust, more versatile, but it means I’ve spent my week going back over all my old twitter automations, rewriting and updating them. The end result will be no different. You as a client or a user will notice no changes. But it’s a slog, lots of work. Lots of running just to stand still.

Would it have been so awful to leave v1 running in the background?

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