May 2007

14 Days

And so much left to do.

At Global Alerts (or My Experience as an Employee)

Today was my last day at Global Alerts and there are 3 weeks before I leave for Uruguay.

Global Alerts is “the leading Cause Media company since 1991″ and it’s where I’ve been spending a lot of my time the past 6 months. They’re the guys that run earth911.org, pets911.com, and amberalert.com. They have a little over 20 employees (I’m probably guessing too low) and they’re constantly adding more members to the team. All the sites do some really cool stuff (just ask Oprah) and it was an incredible experience working there.

At Global Alerts I worked as a “web developer” meaning I did web design, CSS, and some WordPress stuff. It was nothing like what I was used to. My clients had always been small businesses, bloggers, web design agencies or entrepreneurs who just needed a small site …

Reboot?

Do you remember all the hoopla and awesome designs that came from past CSS Reboot’s? I do.

Maybe it’s just me but I think the reboot has lost its excitement. There were a few good redesigns this time around but not like what we’ve seen in the past. I’m afraid its become just another way to get a few extra visitors.

Many of the sites don’t even validate. I understand that’s not the most important thing in the world anymore but isn’t that the point of the reboot?

What do you think? Did you reboot?

WordPress Likes Feedback

We all love WordPress (or atleast you should). Why? Because WordPress rocks. And why do they rock? Because they listen to their users, a lot.

WordPress likes getting feedback.

My favorite part of their website is the Kvetch page. They get feedback the right way by asking their users “what really ticks you off,” not how can we be better.

Along with that they also have an active Ideas forum, IRC channel, a support forum and a support contact form. They even have an obvious “Feedback” tab on the admin panel for the nearly 1 million wordpress.com users.

Needless to say I think WordPress gets tons of feedback and they use that feedback to build a better product. A product that they know their users will love. Why will they love it? Because their users told them.