Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)
Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.
This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Hmmm. Maybe. Maybe so.
Lucy's mama Miss Janis noticed a link on Doc Reynold's site to this article in the Guardian (UK), noting that some of the larger corporations are now deciding it's in their interest to track word-of-mouth about their products on various blog sites. Miss Janis says that maybe Toyota is watching, too... Wonder if Ford would be willing to take a page from Canon and slip me a sample of the new GT for evaluation?
In any event, I would think that every company who makes a living by selling things in a competitive marketplace would do everything possible to see that problems are headed off before they become a liability. I don't know exactly how powerful blogs actually are in the greater scheme of things, though--I would think traditional consumer-type publications like Consumer Report or various enthusiasts publications would be more influential overall. But perception is everything, I suppose, and to ignore some timely blogger advice out of hand is probably not a good strategy. As the guy from Ford rightly points out, the publishing cycle of some of the paper press is measured with a calendar, rather than a stopwatch, and by the time some of the problems begin to surface, it might be too late to do effective damage control.
Then again, I'm just a marsupial.
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