I like Kevin Rose‘s idea. I share the feeling that something is missing.
Sometime ago, I had this idea that I could start a project/startup all live via Google Hangouts and screencast. Every moment I was working on that project I would open Hangouts and share my thinking process, contacts, discussions, coding, etc. This would obviously be stored on YouTube and the user could go back and/or know every day what I was working on and why each feature was the way it was.
It is not the same idea but I believe that behind both ideas lives the same feeling/frustration. Sharing not only the end result (text, photo, code, feature) but also the feeling/process.
After a while, I thought: NO! A lot has changed. All has changed. Marissa is the boss. It’s all fine, Marissa is proving to be a great fit for Yahoo but what if the stock drops? What if Marissa decides to become a fulltime mom. Or ‘knock on wood’ she gets ill? (Miss you Steve)
Who will be there? Who will be the boss? Will David still care to fight back? Who will stop Tumblr of becoming MySpace?
So, I stand with my first gut instinct: F***, the days are numbered! (Hope I am wrong. Really, really wrong)
Thanks @PauloGaspar7 for the tweet, it kicked me out of the laziness to write this post.
GoDaddy is a great place to register domains. PERIOD
I have been running a dedicated server little over one month we can report 3 occasions of downtime. And many other issues when the server simply is acting erratic.
On a situation, I waited (over the weekend) 36 hours for a ticket reply.
Last week during a business meeting it stopped working, I went to the status report page of GoDaddy and it said that dedicated servers were with problems. Took them 5 hours to solve.
Today I started getting errors from crons running and I can’t ping ssh.github.com (unknown host) from the server and Just-ping results ok all over.
It is sunday (I work everyday, contrary to GoDaddy support). The chat support for dedicated servers is has good as not being there. Hours waiting and no answer. And that power cycle message that I just started and that can make the server go down for 30-60 minutes (again).
Went to the status page, all good. Then, went to dedicated server control panel:
I think this picture illustrate the question.
If I didn’t have so much on my to-do list. I would change it today. But I have deadlines and things already planned. The only thing I know is that I will move out of GoDaddy.
I respect @jason‘s experience and even share some views about tech. I am a fan of some of his work (not Mahalo) and I see him more of a media guy. From his most recent work I love TWIST and all around Launch.
I am saying all this because I do NOT fundamentally disagree with the financial side of the logic of the business. But as a Tumblr fan I don’t want Tumblr to be sold to a big corp. I am sure they are not running out of runway money and experiment services to reach profitability. The place is well run, every new feature is carefully and slowly implemented and it is my fav place to spend/waste/kill/have fun time. Tumblr is a place apart. It’s kind of underground. Is where the cool kids hang.
The above picture says it all. Facebook/Yahoo is my real professional/social side (Clark Kent). Tumblr is where I can be Superman.
I feel that any big corp. will kill that and what makes Tumblr what it is. You got Porn, next to Artists, next to Politicians, next to Trolls, next to the next door girl. Tumblr allows us to make it our home. To follow our hidden likes or display other sides of us.
But this post is not (just) a rant about this business. My point with this post is: “What will be better for us, the world, the internet, the evolution of mankind: A great place that millions call home and spend days on and that can be improved on to become a unique online platform or a place that after tunned and tweaked will bring the masses and be worth billions more?”