yea just like google was for people who missed the yahoo early investment window and wanted to try to get rich becoming an early investor of a useless search engine..
Google provided better results and an enjoyable place for people who like being spied on by Big Brother. LTC doesn't provide such kinds of improvement over BTC: all that can be done with LTC can be done with BTC too... apart for pumping and dumping, of course... All I see is those who mined a big stash during the few first days trying to boost the value of their investment... A bit like SolidCoin, actually (and we see where it is now).
well obviously the analogy isn't perfect, but I am just using it to refute those who claim ltc is redundant or worthless due to bitcoin already existing.
true story: back many years ago now (sometime around 1996-1997 maybe, i dont know exactly) I walked into my school computer room, sat at a computer and saw a minimalistic white page with only a search bar on it that someone had left on IE. I thought wtf is this? Rather than going to yahoo like normal I typed something in and used it. Immediately I thought 'wow this is easier to use than yahoo'. From then on I only ever used google.
Looking back with 20/20 vision google is now a giant, however at that time in 1996 anyone could have said to google investors: hey you are wasting your time with this nonsense, google is redundant. There are already services that do the same thing (yahoo etc). I don't care if its a bit faster (ltc parallel: faster confirms), cleaner webpage, different search algorithm (ltc parallel: scrypt instead of sha) those are not 'significant' enough differences from yahoo. GTFO this will just be a pump and dump.
When I first used ltc I got the same feeling.. its just easier and more comfortable to use. Now I don't know if ltc will ever take off- its a real punt lets face it, but the potential is there and there is a long shot none zero chance of extreme success. It should not be ignored just because it is 'too similar' to bitcoin.