Copying Idea is Okay Until..
It’s a crazy tech scene out there. It’s almost as if everybody wants a slice of the pie in every industry out there. Everyone is attempting to out-game and out-copy each other in every business and product aspect (eg. features, customer service, etc.).
When trying to out-game your competitors, it’s common to take cues, learn, and model as much as possible what they are working on.
For instance if you’re competing with Facebook and they rolled out Timeline, it’s tempting to just follow suit and roll out your own timeline.
If you do get tempted, now that you have caught up with them and have the Timeline feature on your product. Do you know what needs to be done next?
When your competitor takes the first move towards launching a feature, that feature is a puzzle piece of their vision.
If your vision of the product differs, that feature (the puzzle piece) may not be suitable for your product and that will cause you to lose your vision, your goal as to why you started your product in the first place.
The key take away? Every feature/idea you roll out today should be sufficient to be useful in the short run, and also serve as a puzzle piece towards realizing the original vision of your product in the long run.