Facebook has the value of “Move Fast.” Getting a project going at Facebook can be extremely fast, but the full process of rolling out a product can actually take quite a bit of time. If WhatsApp had a similar motto, it would be “Move Slow and Deliberate.” We take a lot more time up front in the design phase, mainly because we’re more adverse to pivoting in the development phase. When we hand off the design to engineers, we really try to deliver as much of a finished spec and mocks as possible. The advantage of this is it causes less churn in engineering, which engineers appreciate. The potential downside is that engineers can feel less involved in the process of designing the product and might feel more isolated from the product decisions.
And finally: protect the nerds. A computer programmer from Seattle is doing more to alleviate world poverty, hunger, and disease through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation than any other person in America right now. Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends.
You may see it as a comedy, but I cannot laugh with you. To me, Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots. And even if you see it from my point of view, it doesn’t matter. The constant barrage of laughter from the live studio audience will remind us that our own reactions are unnecessary, redundant.