April 13th, 2009

kevinkellme

Amazon Fail: An Update

mimiheart points us to a very good summary of all that's happened, including a list of books that have had their sales rankings removed and a dissection of the "glitch" theory.

On the other side of the foofrah, hughcasey and siliconshaman refer to the trolling theory known as Bantown. Which has its merits, but some folks in the comments of that thread point out that Amazon has apparently been doing this since February.

Let's see what happens today, folks.
kevinkellme

Amazon Fail: Another Update

Interesting stuff. No public statement yet from Amazon, and they really could use one. One guy claims responsibility. Another guy calls bullshit.

Much more important, I have received a message from someone who works for Amazon (who wants to remain anonymous), saying on good authority that it really actually was a glitch. Somebody did something stupid, and the problem is that the sheer scale of what happened means it will take awhile to sort out. But they are on it.

I don't know any of this for sure myself (although I'm inclined to believe the Amazon employee); we'll see what goes on. However, I did have to tell you guys about one thing. Last night, I was speaking with sazettel, who suggested a possible way of affecting Amazon directly if it did turn out to be their fault and deliberate: Everyone who has one return their Kindle.

At which point I started laughing like a loon, and Collapse )

ETA: the info from the Amazon employee.
kevinkellme

2M4M, or The Anti-NOM

On the heels of teabagging, the Rachel Maddow vids from last week, and AmazonFail... we have something better.

Two Men For Marriage.

james_the_evil1 tells us all about it:
As some of you may be aware, well known "conservative," columnist, and hard-core bigot Maggie Gallagher runs an organization known as "NOM." Contrary to the name, "NOM" is not for kittehs eating cheezburgers but in fact stands for "National Organization for Marriage." Their campaign uses many of the traditional stupid arguments to "fight" gay marriage. With the victories for gay marriage in Iowa and Vermont in recent weeks the NOM people decided they needed to "step it up" a notch and launch a NEW branded campaign to "save" marriage.

However, in a STUNNING show of ignorance the NOM folks decided to name their campaign "Two Million For Marriage" and IN THEIR OWN BRANDING call it "2M4M." Yes, that's right, they named their anti-gay initiative with the acronym for "2 men for male," a personal ad code for a gay couple seeking a third for threesomes. This's invited a bunch of scorn in the media, alongside what's being directed at other conservatives for calling their "anti taxes" groups "teabaggers," again missing out on the sexual context.

More to the point, and this is how YOU can help, they COMPLETELY failed to snatch up ANY of the internet real-estate related to the name!!!! So cambler bought http://www.2M4M.org and set it up as an ANTI-NOM site with education and facts to counter NOM's bigotry & fearmongering. A friend of his set up an LJ com for it, 2m4m, and Chris put it on Twitter http://twitter.com/2m4m. A person or persons unknown also set up a blogspot for it: http://2m4m.blogspot.com/ with some content from the 2M4M site.

This is where YOU GUYS come in... help us spread the word! We need to socialize http://www.2M4M.org so when people search for it they find IT instead of NOM's bigotry. So please visit http://www.2M4M.org, DIGG it, Delicious it, blog about it, link to it, pass it on to your friends, follow it on Twitter (it already has more followers than the official NOM Tweet), make it the defining destination. Right now Googling 2M4M brings up this site and not NOM's, and we'd like to keep it that way. Please help?
kevinkellme

Amazon Fail: Yet Another Update

atlantapendrag got an interesting form letter
Hello,

This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.

It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles - in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon's main product search.

Many books have now been fixed and we're in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.

Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon.
That would be something very like... at least a small effort at taking responsibility for the problem. Good on Amazon.