Hey,

This week AOL announced that it’ll shut down AIM, one of the most used messengers in the past is going to shut down this year. It’s amazing to see that this product has been existing for 20 years and has made a huge impact for many people on the internet. Which product nowadays survives that long? But my hope is that we’re starting to build more long-term products and sustainable services again. After all, why should we switch a chat service every year? Even if there are backups of the data, who’ll be able to read it once the app doesn’t exist anymore? In the end, it’s sad to see that a product on which countless hours were spent by many people disappears shortly after its launch. I know that this is business life in the context of a short-living highly technologized civilization but it’s also something we can improve. By building long-term solutions is a healthier way for ourselves to not work ourselves into exhaustion.

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I’ll leave you now with some event recommendations. First of all, Sustainable UX is back in February 2018, again as free online conference so I highly recommend to attend it. Then there’s Reactive Conf happening this month in Bratislava for all the React.js interested people, and finally, in January 2018 there will be a beyond tellerrand event in Munich, Germany for the first time.

If you want to find more events, let me tease you with something I’ve been building for the past year and that will launch soon.

—Anselm