There are a number of different models with which we have access to software.
- Commercial – you buy it and use it
- Free – software created by someone with a passion and given away
and then all kinds of options in between.
- Shareware – here’s the software, pay what you think it’s worth
- Freemium – basic functionality for free, pay for more features
- Ad supported – free, but you pay by seeing advertisements inline
I’d be willing to bet that you’ve experienced all of them.
One of the things that is nice is to be able to use whatever you are doing and then keep on keeping on. It’s when things change that the discomfort set in. There have been a couple of notables recently.
- The notice of the closure of Wikispaces
- The notice of closure of goo.gl
And, the most recent announcement in a change in terms in how you can use Padlet. Padlet was an easy application to promote because it had such an easy entry level and the sky was the limit in terms of how you could use it. Basically, you go to a Padlet, double click to start, and add a collaboration or other note to your wall. Friends will remember its previous life when it was called Wallwisher.
I use a Padlet to crowd source ideas for my Whatever happened to … series of blog posts.
I learned about the change in terms from a post from Richard Byrne who many will recall as a keynote speaker at the Bring IT, Together conference a few years ago.
The decision on their part is undoubtedly a business decision. I’m guessing that many people avoided the paid account and the company felt the need to get funding so that it could continue to support and develop the product. That’s their perogative. So, what to do, what to do…
Obviously, the folks at Padlet are banking on loyalty from its users to move to a paid service.
If that’s not in the cards, there are alternatives. Richard offers this blog post listing five alternatives.
Those aren’t your only choices; here’s another list.
When you make a move from one service to another, there are always growing pains. Different look, feel, functionality, another set of legal terms to digest, and then the loss perhaps of a resource that you spent so much time with.
Ontario educators have another alternative. There’s OSAPAC and its mandate
- Consult with the publicly funded education system (e.g., annual survey, attendance at conferences, liaison with subject associations) to assess provincial priorities in the areas of required software titles recommended by teachers in support of learning;
There are many Padlet users in the province. Why not hit the survey and let the committee know that you believe this resource needs to be licensed by the province for all schools in the province?
I’d be interested in your thoughts about Padlet and its future in your world. Please share your thoughts via comment below.