Wednesday, October 06, 2010

x is down


Boo hoo.

You know what? I couldn't care in the slightest that you can't be Mayor of the coffee shop round the corner, or post an asinine and narcissistic update to your Facebook 'friends', or Tweet your breakfast, or feed your virtual flock.

I don't care because you are not paying for those services.

If you were paying for them you wouldn't be bitching on whatever social media sites are still up about the other site being down. If you were paying you'd be calling their support line, just like you do in the real world, remember?

What sort of world do you think you are living in where everything is 'meant to be' free, and at the same time provide 100% perfect service? Are you nuts? Have you not realized that you are not the customer of most of these services, you are the cannon fodder used by them to make money off your own back?

Next time your favorite waste of time is down, just shut up about it.

You are the ingredients in their Soylent Green. Shouting about that isn't something to be proud of.

PS Some commentators over at Hacker News are disappointed by this rant, hoping for greater things from me. I shall return to normal, non-ranty service shortly. This is merely an interlude. While you're here, go and read something more positive like Three Silicon Valley places Paul Graham omitted.


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