Kathy Sierra explains a variation of the “Tipping Point”:
The Koolaid Point: A Threshold at which enough users become so passionate that others accuse them of “drinking the koolaid”. Often fueled by commercial success.
Kathy makes a great point: passion doesn’t mean happiness – people can be passionately opposed too.
Anyway, I’m pleased for Ajax Patterns to link to any of those sites, and it’s for that reason I included the “Ajax Achilles Heel” article when I first created that page. At one point, someone deleted it, with best intentions I presume, but I quickly restored it. It’s good to have sites like this to keep things in check. And, though I didn’t think about it that way before, it’s proof that Ajax has hit Koolaid Point.
Asides on the Koolaid Terminology:
- Where I’m from, the Koolaid Point would be called the Tall Poppy Syndrome.
- Some labels for the transition points of the traditional product life cycle:
- Tipping Point: Introduction->Growth
- Koolaid Point: Growth->Maturity
- Jump-The-Shark Point: Maturity->Decline
- The Creating Passionate Users blog is awesome. If and when a book comes out, its popularity will extend well beyond the software community.