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Yahoo Mail Now Delivers Sponsored Spam

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Yahoo! Mail now delivers sponsored email. It stays at the top of your mailbox and is can’t be deleted. I call it sponsored spam, because that is how most people are going to view it. They didn’t ask for it or even sign up for it, but there it is in your inbox. Yahoo tried to clean up their email app to be like Gmail and I guess they decided it didn’t work so they are back to their usual stuff. Reminds me how Yahoo Mail for years use to open up a news page instead of your inbox. It also reminds me way back around 2001 they tried to get people to pay for Yahoo Mail by letting the spam filters be horrible for non-paying users. Because before the filters were pretty good, but decided enough people weren’t paying so if you didn’t pay for Yahoo Mail, they decided you didn’t deserve to have their spam filter or at least a good one.

Yahoo Mail Sponsored Email Spam

Customer Support at Google Maps for Business are Rude

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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I had a customer representative from Google Maps Places for Business call me on the phone. I told them the owner was not available and they hung up instantly without me being able to explain and in mid-sentence. I guess that is Google efficiency at work, sterile, robotic and rude. But its all about the money and costs to them I suppose.

Yelp Filters Reviews

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
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I don’t understand why Yelp is so popular. Sure it has reviews on lots of places but the fact so many valid reviews get “filtered” or removed is ridiculous. You don’t see that kind of stuff taking place on Amazon. Business owners might feel more vindicated to “protect” themselves online, but I think its dismissing customers and people that feel a business is lacking. In my opinion online reviews that are invalid are probably a lot rarely than Yelp thinks. Anyone know of a business that has a ton of filtered reviews?

I was able to find this one business that currently has 60 filtered reviews and the 7 that aren’t right now are not that much better.

Meetup.com issues like emails, no shows, inactive members

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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Meetup is a growing social network. Unlike other social networking sites, it’s purpose is to get offline and do things with people. However, it does have some issues.

  1. Emails are great for getting updated on new meetups scheduled, new groups announced, new comments, new photos uploaded and so on. But they really need to be consolidated more. They recently made some changes to try to consolidate the comments more, but they need some more consolidation.
  2. The “like” button has no real purpose. I don’t care if someone likes my comment. Not only that it sends me another email to let me know.
  3. Comment boxes without submit buttons are not good. I’ve seen too many people hit enter hoping to make a new line and then it just submits the comment. So they end up having to type another comment.
  4. No Shows are a big issue. If you’ve ever organized or hosted a group, you know how it is. Some groups have a 50% turnout for events. I’ve seen an event that had 18 people signed up and all changed to “no” 30 minutes prior. I know some people use Meetup as an alternative for a boring day. One organizer told me to never post an event you wouldn’t go to alone, just in case others don’t show up. This person also told me that she would not host events at restaurants or other places, because too often she would call with a number of guests and then many wouldn’t show up and make them and the group look bad. Meetup really needs a way to implement a system of 3-5 no-shows and you are automatically removed from a group. You can mark people as “No Show” but it doesn’t let you do anything with that information. At least they got rid of the “maybe” RSVP option they used to have.
  5. If “inactive members” haven’t shown up to any events for say 3-6 months and the group has had several events during that time, it would be nice if we could purge those members out easily. Of course the wording for doing so would have to be just right. After all what use is a group with 2000 members if only like 200 are really active?
  6. There should be an option to require payment to join a group before you can even join it. I know meetup relies on organizers to pay for the group and then have them basically have it for free for members.

No Shows are probably the biggest issue. In order to have a big group, you almost have to make it free for people to join and hope a few will throw in a few bucks to keep the organizer from having to pay Meetup $15 a month or $72 for 6 months to keep the group.

Crappy new eBay dropdown lowest price listing tactic

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
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I’ve noticed a lot of people selling on eBay taking advantage of the option drop down so that they can be listed near the top when you sort by lowest prices. It’s very common in the watch category. So a watch with a box might be $29 in two different colors in the dropdown and then they sell a box by itself for 99 cents. And because the box is 99 cents (which no one is going to buy) their listing gets placed near the top.