Increasingly I find myself building and advising on web systems as opposed to desktop.
This doesn’t diminish the importance of Desktop development in my books, it just reflects the (not passing) trend of business on the web. It makes sense. And really, it’s all just Development.
A big part of business is making money.
That was some wisdom I dropped on you right there wasn’t it. Don’t clap just yet, the talk isn’t over. Heh heh.
PayPal have been around for quite a while. They are, well, big. Chances are if you’ve bought something online you’ve interacted with Paypal. And if you’ve used them, chances are they’ve helped your business make money.
But regardless of their pedigree, regardless of their massive sway and power, regardless of the fact that chocolate + vanilla icecream is just awesome .. There is a simple reason why I’m writing this post.
PayPal noticed me.
This is a very important point. Not because of me, substitute other names in there. What’s important is that they have gotten smart about today’s web.
In preparing for Barcamp I noticed a Twitter account for PayPal. Strangely, it wasn’t spouting corporate shillage-speak. Whoever sat behind that Twitter Account was actually interacting with people.
And they talked to me. Before Barcamp (where I fooled everyone into thinking I could sing). And afterwards.
They invited me along to their Australian Developer Days, and I said yes. Signed up today, applied for leave, and had an excellent email conversation with them.
Let me tell you why this is important, although you might’ve already guessed.
PayPal is no longer faceless. They talked to me like a real person. Possibly laughed at me singing a song. Looked at my blog, made reference to a completely different post that needed some searching to find.
This is good PR, good people skills. This wins people over. At the very least, it’s won me over.
I”m going to the Developer Day mostly as a Developer keen to see what other folk are doing, and to talk about implementation of payment gateways, coding of them, that kind of thing.
One thing I’m interested to find out more about is their API, and using it from a Desktop system, as opposed to a web site/service/system.
But also, I’m going along with the expectation of furthering the relationship I’ve already begun online. Saying g’day, shaking hands, laughing about something or other.
Kudos to PayPal. Thumbs up Sirs + Dames.
So to you humble reader, if you are a Developer, or interested in becoming a Developer, you should look deep within yourself and assign yourself a number based on your .. Urg, wait, that’s Homer spouting out.
The PayPal Developer Days 2009 are being hosted in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The Sydney day is the 20th of July (2009) and the others follow on from there.
Let’s not forget a big huge and massive reason why you, as a fellow Developer, should be attending:
The Developer Days are FREE*! Absolutely without reservation free to attend. No fees.
* This does not include freedom of time or of your brain activity.
To everyone reading this post who’s not a Developer (Mum, Visitor #2), I heartily apologise for it’s unashamed geek-factor.