If you’re interested in There.com, you should take this survey.
P.S. If you’re a regular reader of this blog (for which I thank you) you would remember that some of these ideas were discussed in this post about a month after There closed. This is not to say that There2 would be what was discussed in this post (particularly the bits about exposing real names to the public), but to illustrate that we’ve been thinking about this a long time.
P.S.S. As of 11:18 MDT on Friday, April 8th, we’ve had 533 people complete the survey.
P.S.S.S. As of 19:33 MDT on Friday, April 8th, we’ve had 790 people complete the survey.
P.S.S.S.S. Some silly persons are saying Virtual Congress is closed because they can’t get to it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Truth be told, Virtual Congress and Makena got tired of tracking down and booting imposters, so we’ve just made it harder for them and easier for the real users to get to it.
P.S.S.S.S.S. Here are the results as of 13:02 MDT on Sunday, April 10, 2011:
P.S.S.S.S.S.S. I wanted to add one thing here. When we decide what to do, I intend to post the actual financial #s we used to make the decision, including things like aggregate salaries, benefits, cloud costs, fees, etc, etc, so you can see what it takes to run this service in California. You won’t get to argue about salaries and benefits: I’m not getting paid, and people we do pay are being paid correctly for their positions. But you’ll see what we use to make this decision.
IF we re-open, I promise I’ll do this every month, too. I don’t want people to think for a second that we’re rakin’ in the dough here.
P.S.S.S.S.S.S.S. Numbers as of 04/12/2011 at 11:00 MDT
P.S.S.S.S.S.S.S. Numbers as of 04/15/2011 at 07:30 MDT
We’ve decided to do a mass mailing and have extracted the millions of addresses we’re going to have to email to (some with some truly exciting explorations of profanity in domain names). We can’t (or won’t) be using a commercial service to do the mailing due to cost, but will write a quick script this weekend and use Amazon SES or something.
P.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S. There’s a very foolish person out there claiming I’m not the CEO of Makena / There. Of course, they’re ignoring the fact this blog has existed before There ever closed, and includes screen shots and images which couldn’t have come from anywhere else.
I assure you all I’m the real thing here, and I feel kind of silly even responding to these rantings, but there you are.
P.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S. There were 42 hits to this page and the survey referred from There.com yesterday. That’s actually less than the hits we got from Thumdar and YowNow (yes, we still get hits from there, both directly and from their “clandestine” methods), and Onverse. I hope we get more today, but unfortunately the home page doesn’t get much traffic these days. Maybe if I somehow put links to Trump’s presidential bid on there…hmmm…