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Just Throwing It On The Wall

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One would think that as media gets more specific and measurable they’d get more efficient as well.  One would think, but one might just be way off the mark.  I say this after reading the results of the latest Harte-Hanks study on email.  More details in a minute but  while companies seem to be doing a better job of getting their messages delivered to their intended recipients, those recipients seem to read them far less often and aren’t reacting as conversions either.  In my mind, this is just throwing it up against the wall to see what sticks, but let’s see what you think. Continue reading

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Here’s Why Facebook Mail Might Fail

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I’m sure you’ve all read about Facebook adding email to their social platform.  If you didn’t know that you can read Gizmodo’s report here and there are lots of others out there.  It’s being mentioned as a Gmail killer and as a threat to Yahoo mail (the world’s biggest provider).  It incorporates email, SMS, Facebook messaging and chat.  Given that Facebook has half a BILLION people using its platform, it’s not hard to think that way.

But I don’t.  And here’s why. Continue reading

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The Cloud

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I use a number of services that live in the cloud – you probably do as well. Dropbox for file storage and sharing is one and it was down yesterday. Maybe you use Google’s suite of services – Gmail‘s outages have been well-documented and I know there have been issues with Google Docs as well. There are many others.
Beyond the cloud, many businesses have come to rely on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. Each has suffered a significant outage recently and in the process the businesses built around them have suffered as well. So? Continue reading

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If you use Gmail as your primary email provider, you had a problem yesterday. Gmail went down for a lot of the day.  From the thunder reverberating around the web, Twitter, and elsewhere, one would have thought the digital world had ended. Strangely, I use a Gmail account for my personal mail and never noticed a thing since I was accessing that mail via Blackberry yesterday. Aside from yet another example of how these machines are evil, sentient beings, the outage raises a bigger point in my mind. Continue reading

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Not So Spry

Yesterday, I had one of those nasty experiences that teach us a lot about good business practices. The story I’m about to tell you doesn’t contain much in the way of news but it does serve to remind us all about a few areas of best practices.

I use Spry to host my web site and my company mail. I access my mail via Thunderbird, Gmail, or my Blackberry depending on where I am and on what computer.  When things became, as they say in the movies, “quiet…too quiet”, I dug a little deeper. Continue reading

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<3, Granny

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Another tidbit from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  It’s not really that surprising but the biggest increase in internet use since 2005 is the 70-75 year-old age group.   I love growth statistics.  Start with a smallish base, increase the tiny base a small amount – voila!  Big growth rate (growing something by half is way easier when it’s small than when it’s big, unless we’re talking about my waistline).  Continue reading

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Who touched my stuff?

You just made the list, buddy. Also, I don’t like no one touching my stuff. So just keep your meat-hooks off. If I catch any of you guys in my stuff, I’ll kill you

OK, so someone touched my stuff.  Well, not my real stuff – my digital stuff.  Specifically, somewhere between my web host, Spry, and the Gmail client I use to access the mail on the Spry server, something changed.  Yes, I’m aware that there have been big problems with Gmail recently, although I must admit that I have not had any trouble with one account while another one is inaccessible.

Nope, all was working quite well until late last week.  For months, Gmail would ping Spry every so often, emails sent to my business mail would pop up and I’d be…umm…in business! Then, nada.  I became Mr. Unpopular.  In fact, in looking at it, it was around 7:30 Thursday evening when the mail stopped flowing.  When I had received nothing via Gmail on Friday, I used the Spry client (not as nice as Gmail) to check mail.  Hey!  Turned out I was the belle of the ball and now officially negligent in responding to the folks who had written.

So fess up.  Someone changed something and now it’s broken.  As businesspeople, it’s important to constantly improve the product, but when something goes wrong, we need to let the people who rely on us know that we screwed up.  Did the folks at Spry do something to change how POP access happens?  Don’t know.  Twitter had way more to say about Google’s problem than did Google (such irony) and that’s wrong.

The problem happened late afternoon Eastern Time and so caused an explosion in the US blogosphere. Google said it didn’t usually respond publicly to such problems, but decided to because: “We heard loud and clear today how much people care about their Gmail accounts.”

Doesn’t respond publicly?  The openness of the web should inspire the same open, candid atittude among those who derive their living from it.

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