Of late, people writing to Steve Jobs have received a reply – mostly terse one liners. A personal reply from a CEO like Steve Jobs is a high (I tried my hand too, haven’t got a reply yet!) and it provides for great publicity. Especially for tech blogs. The latest one is an email debate of sorts between Ryan Tate of Gawker and Steve Jobs.
Firstly, it’s amazing that a CEO of a company like Apple takes time to reply to emails written by end consumers. Secondly, on the specific Gawker-Apple debate, I am totally with Steve Jobs on Apple’s policy of blocking porn from the App Store. Apple is not attempting to eradicate adult content from the internet – just from the environment they control. You are free to access any content via Safari or other browsers. But I respect the stand taken by Apple not to allow adult content on their Apps.
No one is forcing anyone to buy an Apple product. Apple has deliberately chosen a method of controlling what goes into their iPhone & iPad via the App Store. Yes, the process is not without faults (Google Voice, anyone?). But I think the controlled approach it is a key factor in delivering a great consumer experience.
And oh, Steve Jobs delivered a ‘F$%^& you!’ statement to Gawker without using the four-letter word:
“By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?”
No response from Ryan. Steve Jobs responded to these mails between 12:50 am and 2 am. Amazing.