For those of you who aren’t aware, one aspect of my previous job involved trying to get other websites to use Ask search or technologies. For example, go to this page. If you look on the left hand side of the page, you will see some Ask-powered technology. That is a deal I did. Anyway, for years and years I was trying to get this one company to use our stuff. I probably first contacted them back in 2002. I’d check in every six months or so until about 2008, when I finally gave up. You wouldn’t know who they are, but it would have been a good money deal for us. Each time, I’d get the same, cold, unfeeling response. A “talk to the hand” like experience. Made me feel like a gnat in old Cleveland Stadium. Whatever, right? You win some, you lose some. I won my fair share, so it didn’t bug me all too much. But I guess it was enough to cause me to write this post, wasn’t it?
So imagine my surprise when I actually got an email into my GMail box this week from the guy. He’s all friendly, personable, everything. Telling me about his son who plays lacrosse, how he’s a fan, la la la. Then he wants me to call him “to check in and see how things are going.” Are you even kidding me? My response was this:
Dude, nobody in business ever calls just to catch up! Especially people I haven’t talked to years!
Turns out he’s now very interested in working with Ask and he’s totally poking around about what I might be able to divulge! Bah! I just gave him the contact of the person there and closed out the email exchange. Glad I didn’t have to talk to the guy. See? He didn’t want to “just catch up” and I knew it because he never gave me the time of day beforehand. Annoying.
The IPad. Right now, I don’t want one. I don’t NEED one. The IPhone is a different story – it gave me a seamless way to ditch having to carry two devices. The IPad doesn’t have that utility. At least not yet. I’m not saying I’ll never get one, but right now it’s not gonna do the trick for me. I do love the idea of getting ALL my magazines via an IPad though. That might be one hook, but they need to show me more stuff that will make my life easier, NOT something that requires me to carry more STUFF with me.