On Green Bubble Friends

Paul Ford examines the significance of blue (iMessage) and green (Android) when texting:

The bubbles are a subtle, little, silly thing but they are experienced by millions of people. That amplifies that product decision into a unsubtle, large, sort-of-serious thing. The people who are tweeting negatively about green bubbles are following Apple’s lead. It’s speculative, but not totally speculative to say that Apple may be aware it’s leading this way—after all, Apple has done passive-aggressive product design before, like giving Windows machines on its network a “Blue Screen of Death” icon.

There was a time in my iPhone using life1 that I texted more with green bubble friends than with blue, but those days are long gone. These days, the majority of my texting is done over iMessage.

(via Daring Fireball)

  1. Where by "my iPhone-using life", I mean since 2011 -- iMessage debuted that year with iOS 5.