As a Sparrow user, what do you think about the Google acquisition?
I’m sad because I love Sparrow and I wanted it to continue to improve. Most notably, I’m disappointed there will never be push notifications on iPhone (which means I’ll have to keep Mail on my home screen in addition to Sparrow forever now) and that they’ll never fix the bug where account avatars are blurry in Retina on Mac. I’m disappointed and sad because Sparrow is truly fantastic software and, like pretty much ever other user, I want it to continue to be.
But I don’t think the Sparrow team made the wrong decision. I don’t think it’s fair to begrudge people for successfully building something and then selling the company. Is it unfortunate for users? Sure. But does that make it wrong or does this mean the team is screwing us? No. They deserve success—they built something amazing. Do I wish their success would have been in the form of purchases of Sparrow and therefore continuing development? Absolutely. But the software market is a hard place and sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.