Greg Hewgill (ghewgill) wrote,
Greg Hewgill
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prior art

It seems that every time I have a new idea for a nifty little web app, somebody else has already done it.

On that note, I recently discovered link.toolbot.com which does pretty much the same thing as lnk.nu but existed at least a year earlier. I know I looked for other similar link-shortening services at the time, and I don't know whether I would have even built lnk.nu if I had found link.toolbot.com back in 2004.

The question is, if I think I can do better than another implementation, or I've got a new idea that extends the other implementation in a novel way, should I continue to build it? I'm thinking yes.
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