Tumblr Proves That Even Billion Dollar Companies Can Screw Up Mass Emails

Posted: May 27, 2013 in GT, Social

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Tumblr just can’t catch a break. Yeah, yeah, they’re
getting a billion dollars from Yahoo — but it’s been a torrent of criticism ever since. Angry users! Porn!
Poooooorn! Know what probably won’t help? Botching the key
detail of an email sent to many of your most tech-
savvy users. Tumblr just sent out a big ol’ mass email to all of the
users who host a Tumblr blog through their own,
independently owned domain. In other words, to the
folks who know enough about these bleepy-bloopy
electronic space typewriters we use to be able to get
a bit fancy with their Tumblr blogs. It warned users of an impending change they’d need
to make to their settings — a new IP address they
needed to point their domain at — unless they wanted
their blog to suddenly “no longer work“. The catch: they, uh, kinda forgot the most important
part. They’d put in a placeholder for the IP, and… it
never got replaced. “Please point your custom domain
to [IP Address],” it directed. Wherps. For many of these users, this was among the first
emails they’d received since the Yahoo acqusition.
Within about 30 seconds, the tweets lampooning the
email started going up. Moral of the story: If you work at a lil’ company and
manage to botch a mass email, don’t worry too much.
You’re in good company. Billion dollar company.

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I’m proud to represent all of the Airmen who will receive this award.”Since that day in 2001 that established Black’s legacy, she has become a master navigator with more than 1,500 flying hours and 540 combat hours during Operation Enduring Freedom.During a recent CNN interview with Black, concerning the president’s announcement to open all military career fields to women, she commented that, “I think it there’s going to be the standard and the standard needs to remain the same. You need to be physically, mentally and technically capable to do whatever job it is. And if you can meet those standards, bring it. You know, gender aside, we have to prepare our forces for the future fight. And it’s dynamic. It’s evolving, everchanging. So introducing women into those key roles will be might be that critical punch we need to deliver to the future enemy.”An example that the Afghan general back in 2001 predicted for women of his own country: “Look at what America allows their women to do. 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