Thursday, July 13, 2006

I found this gizmodo entry very interesting...

I found this gizmodo entry very interesting. The synopsis is that gizmodo gets an unsolicited email from someone. That someone is to write some technical columns for a new magazine. That someone would like gizmodo to basically “do it”.

Some days… I have the same feelings they do. I really liked their closing:

I'm sure your readers are looking forward to your tech coverage. It's obviously something you care a lot about.

Classic. Reminds me of some request/responses I’ve gotten in my email

Didn’t help me: I want faster replies rather than scanning through books


Anonymous Anonymous said....

Well, gee, Tom, I'm sure I could even get a raise if you'd do my work for me!

Thu Jul 13, 09:54:00 AM EDT  

Blogger 3360 said....

Reminds me of this thread on the OTN forums, unfortunately this seems to be a common attitude these days.

Thu Jul 13, 11:43:00 AM EDT  

Blogger shrek said....

but what do you d when it's your *devekopers* who want ou to do their work for them? and then tell their boss you're "unsupportive"?;-)

ain't modern technology *fun*?

Thu Jul 13, 12:20:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

That otn thread! Oh man, oh man, oh man.

I should not have read it while drinking a soda. Now I have to clean off my monitor from the soda spray.

42 - too funny.

Thu Jul 13, 12:24:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

shrek said...

but what do you d when it's your *devekopers* who want ou to do their work for them? and then tell their boss you're "unsupportive"?;-)

ain't modern technology *fun*?

Tell their boss that they need to provide their request in writing (e-mail is ok) and that YOUR boss needs to approve it first. To keep you from getting bogged down of course ;-D.

Thu Jul 13, 02:30:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Mark Brady said....

I'm not so sure that Jordanian author didn't think that gizmodo wasn't a producer of gadgets not a blog/zine which reviews them.

He says, "if you can supply with a list of your products attached."

I'm not wedded to this idea, only allowing for the idea that this was a form letter that got blasted to every company he got from a google search for cell phone, mp3 player, hdtv, etc.

Thu Jul 13, 03:15:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

I was tempted to think the same thing, but there's no such thing as bad publicity.

You just have to control the metrics.

Thu Jul 13, 03:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I'm not so sure that Jordanian author didn't think that gizmodo

and when you read his followup - did you still believe that?

Thu Jul 13, 03:42:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Hae-Kwang said....

The link Joel Garry provided doesn't work ... and it seems like the pheras' blog has the entire post regarding gizmodo removed. Maybe it was a realization of them realizing they were the fool after all that caused the post to disappear (will have to check to see if has a backup of it), but it proved to be humorous. I shoud've saved that particular blog's post on their site when I had the chance yesterday. D'oh! Definitely was a keepsake for some time to come, the net's version of a Kodak moment perhaps.

Fri Jul 14, 11:35:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Pheras said....

I'm just really tired of this crap honestly, I laughed it off at first, but now it's just plainly annoying. I really wouldn't want the magazine's name to be polluted, but whatever.

I didn't ask Gizmodo to do my job for me, the e-mail that I sent to them was a mere copy of an e-mail that I've also sent to corporations, such as Sony, Bang & Olufsen, Panasonic, etc. to supply me with monthly updates on the latest of their innovations. It was stupid of me to send the same copy over to Gizmodo, that's true. But I certainly didn't look down on them, or bossed them around. I only asked for high quality pictures, since they already have them, and product names. I didn't ask them to do my work for me, and anyway Gizmodo could've just sent me a reply telling me no thanks, it didn't need all this drama, I don't know what goes through peoples' mind, but such posts, and the huge amounts of hate mail that I received today, only reflect one thing; pure hate. These people don't even know me, yet they've insulted me, based on person's story. And Gizmodo needed the publicity, and the humor, though I can't find anything funny in this, to simply take a load on my expense. People even wanted to play the hero, and wanted to contact my editors, though honestly, my editors wouldn't give a damn, but they'll certainly keep an eye on me I guess.

This is just doesn't make any sense. I sent Gizmodo an apology e-mail today, in case I was rude, or if I've offended, and I even took off the post on my blog, just to prove that my intentions were at place. Yet they completely ignored that.

Doesn't all this make you question Gizmodo's and the reader's intentions? Read between the lines, and analyze, don't just blindly follow, and hoping that you'd get your 15 minutes of fame in offending somebody like me.

I requested information. I didn't want my job to be done, every magazine requests for information, everybody does it, just because I said asap-which I meant by it, that I have a deadline that I must meet- it ticked them off? How come didn't it tick off Sony? or Panasonic? and please don't tell me that Gizmodo is hotter than Sony.

I hope that you guys at least understand the story from my point of view. Thanks.

Fri Jul 14, 12:38:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


Original email:

I'm doing a piece in JO about HDTVs, so I would very much appreciate it if you can provide me with high resolution images of some HDTVs and further information on these tvs and also prices.

when asked of gizmodo - that would likely be interpreted as "do my job" - because, well, that is what they do and it sounds like what you are being paid to do as well?

You asked for way more than high quality pictures - further information, also prices, also do it monthly, also "ASAP".

As for insulting? I've a feeling it was your response to them - had you just said "whoa, apparently we have had a failure to communicate - sorry, what I really meant was..."

You sort of did tell them to go tell it to their buddies - which they have done.

and you do it again with "your 15 minutes of fame" ;)

It didn't tick off Sony or Panasonic because they sell stuff. When you wrote to Consumer Reports, Time, Newsweek and such - what did they have to say? You do realize what gizmodo is/does right? You did that checking before spamming them?

Fri Jul 14, 01:31:00 PM EDT  


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