Archive for March, 2008

Canceling Accounts is Hard Sometimes

Back when I suggested there be a day each year where we all delete our unused web app accounts, I never imagined that some companies would be so difficult about it.

In fact, those in the web app industry should start monitoring this type of thing. There has been much made of how some web apps are making registration so easy these days (and even eliminating it in some cases), but we ought to also rate websites on how easily they let us delete our accounts.

Dumb Job Ads: Code Ninja & DBAs Needed at IZEA

Izea, the newly formed “cover” company for Ted Murphy’s controversial PayPerPost posted this little ditty (repeated below) on Craigslist yesterday. The company continues to denigrate the very people that work for them by their use of such terms like “code ninja” and speaking down to them as if they are all GeekSquad, World of Warcraft players in need of some righteous job. Previously, they’ve referred to their workers as “code monkeys”. Apparently, the one thing you can never be at PayPerPost is a “developer” or “software engineer”. Nope. Monkey and Ninja is it. Expect to be paid like a monkey and treated like one, too.

Producers v. Consumers

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about the kind of life we lead. Or tend to lead in this modern culture of ours. It started out with hearing about Google’s OpenSocial initiative which is a way that social networking profiles can be linked automatically and will (one day) allow you to fill out your profile information just once. As you join other networks (or websites), OpenSocial will be able to grab your info and pre-fill in the profile information in the new site. Saving you the time and hassle of typing it in all over again. Eventually, it may automatically update and sync the data.

Yahoo’s Fire Eagle

I just got my invite to Yahoo’s new Fire Eagle web application. (Incidentally, they sent along four others that I can give away to whomever would like one - just contact me). I have to say… I’m impressed!

Fire Eagle is, as far as I know, Yahoo’s first full web app built with Ruby on Rails (they normally use PHP/Python for most of their stuff). The idea behind Fire Eagle is that you can update your physical location via a number of methods, including third-party websites and cell phones, and then display it using a number of methods, such as your blog, your Facebook profile, etc. I’m no fan of Rails, having recently abandoned the platform, but if anyone is going to make Rails work and leave the arrogance of its founders in the dust, it’s Yahoo.

T-Shirt Ideas

Here’s some ideas for t-shirts that I once had. Take ‘em. Us ‘em. Their free. I like to share.

“Delete Unused Accounts” Day

I’d like to solicit the help of the blogging and web community with an idea I had while attending FOWA 2008 in Miami this past weekend. What about one day a year where we, the blogging, community-minded webified folks promote a “Delete Unused Account” Day?

Like many of you, I hear so much about all these web apps and how many “users” they have. As one speaker at FOWA pointed out, web application creators and drug pushers are the only ones who call our customers “users”. Anyway, the point is, I recall how many I’ve signed up for but never used. Or only used once or twice and never went back. Or never really understood it to begin with.