Mybloglog messaging system and why I think it sucks
I just noticed the mybloglog mass message system thing. I don’t like it, it reminds me of that annoying myspace and orkut mass message thing. It is a recipe for spam spam spam and time wasting silly messages just filling up my inbox.
If every member of every community I’m in uses it just once a week, I’m in for a hell of a lot of reading and emailing/deleting.
Anyhow, of course I had to try the thing out I so I mass messaged my 108 community members to see what they thought about it, I even told them that it was a one time message and apologised in advance too.
Here’s the kicker, I got a few responses, most agreeing with me. So I try and reply to their private messages and get this!
Message:* Now just slow down there, rock star! It appears you’ve become a bit overzealous with your messaging, or at least that’s what our new algorithm thinks. But we’re still fine tuning it, so if you think this is a mistake, just hit firstname.lastname@example.org with an email and we’ll get you sorted.
Um…no, I don’t think so. If I get a message froma community member responding to something I sent them, I SHOULD be able to reply!
Come on guys, you’ve made some nice changes over there but this one is just asking for trouble.
Free advice time.
Drop the thing, or at least allow people to choose whether or not they can get these things. auto opt everyone out of it, and let them opt in to it.
Stick little checkboxes next to community members so we can selectively message certain people en masse.
If you go with an opt out system, then only show me members who have opted in on any mass message page.
One other thing, ever heard of letting people know about such things before you implement them?
I like MBL, I visit it daily, but things like this just give me negative chuckles .
Ive read a number of posts from people in the mbl community who are annoyed about this. Ive had PMs on my mybloglog message page, but due to the way it works I get that silly message as outlined above, so have been unable to respond. Seems my one time mass message has put me into instant spammer terrority, or maybe it was because I once labelled myself a ‘schmoe’.
Avi puts it into a historical context of bloopers and avoidable slip ups
Andy makes his usual spot on observations
Meg too, tells it like it is.
John at disassociated explores a few of the issues experienced 1st hand and makes a few suggestion of his own too.
MBL have found themselves twisting in the wind and…well, just go and read it yourself.
Changes will no doubt be made in response to the criticisms out there. Why they have to wait a week to implement a few minor sensible changes, is quite frankly very puzzling. But hey, maybe they feel they have enough community capital to ride this one through too.Posted on: 30th June 2007, by : Rob Watts