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Jan 25
2011

Frustrated finding a [mobile] contract

Posted by Jas in web design , Web 2.0 , Web , Vodacom , UI , SEO , MTN , mobile , Contract , Cell C , bad web design

Jas

So I'm trying to go onto a contract through Vodacom, but I just can't seem to find anything that I really want to find out. Not from their Website, not from other company websites... And I am not the kind of person that feels he should have to waste his time going into a store in order to find out this kind of information (not with the Internet at my command!) I know I want to go for a BlackBerry Torch, and I know I want a contract that includes the "free" Internet that has helped popularise the BlackBerry-line of phones.

However, looking at the Vodacom Website (an abomination of the Web if you ask me - they seem to be going backwards in their design and ability to give out information - requiring you to click through pages and pages of utter waft where they could clearly have presented all the information on a single page), they don't provide a pure distinction between the different packages that you get with BlackBerry. Heck, all I could really find was info about the Talk 100 (S) - but on another site (Elite Mobile) they talk about the BlackBerry Talk 100 Bis (The Bis meaning? Business Internet Solution? Clarify please! I had to find out the acronym on MTN's website - yes Vodacom, you lead me directly to your competition from your crappy website because you can't fathom that you might actually need to explain things to your prospective clients).

I'm starting to wonder if it's even worth my time?

For instance, have a look at this page: http://www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/Deals/Cellphones/All+Cellphones/38,BlackBerry+9800+-+Talk+120+S

They have a pic of the phone; they have a hyperlink leading to the phone specifications... But why not provide all that info on the same page? Hello! This is the Internet 101! It makes Vodacom's Web team look like its being run by a bunch of monkeys who have no idea about the Web itself, let alone how to construct information in a clear, concise manner! Don't just show me a picture of the phone (I would use Google Image search if I really wanted to see it), give me details about the package, about what I get in the package (there's not even a hyperlink to it - so now I have to spend my time searching their anal retentive website that is dysfunctional at the best of times just to find out that it doesn't really tell me about the "free" Internet that I want from the phone contract!), what I don't get... Is it really that difficult, Vodacom?

I would seriously enjoy getting feedback from Vodacom about their ridiculous Website. Who's in charge in controlling the content, and why the hell are they still hired by the company? It clearly doesn't provide a very good "front" for the company... Hello! We're in the era of Web 2.0 - not designs that belonged in the 90's... Information at your finger tips? More like endless reams of absolute $#*% that leads you in circles (yes you dim wits, you are getting such good "ratings" on your web count from me because I can't find anything on your site). Grrr... It frustrates me to the point where I actually want to go out and scream at somebody (and I'm not an agressive man!).

You would think, that in this day and age of the Internet and web technologies around, that these companies would introduce, you know, a way of customising your package completely. By customise, I mean select your package, your free minutes, your SMS bundle, your data bundle - configuring the entire package to your liking. Since it’s all controlled by computer(s) anyways, the whole recording of the package information and implementing it from the billing perspective should be fairly trivial. Perhaps I should patent the idea - while I'm throwing it out there, freely, for you to implement yourself...

Well, enough of my rant! I'm going to head outside for a breath of fresh air, and hope that by the time I get back to my machine, I will be a little less irked!

Jan 09
2011

Is Google Becoming Useless?

Posted by OS GIKEN in YouTube , Twitter updates , Twitter , SEO , Search Results , Google Search , Google , Facebook , Adverts

OS GIKEN

I've been on Twitter for a minute now, and I'm following a diverse group of people, from sports stars to Hip Hop heads to IT crowd guys...and @StaffordMassie posted something very intriguing. He posted an article that peered into the uselessness of Google...It read's something like this:

Google is also a synonym for 666.
Google is taking over everyone's lives.
Google only gives SEO'd searches, which can sometimes be useless.

in Google's defense, it's a business, the US of A has a bad habbit of expecting companies that rake in billions to all of a sudden ad a sympathy clause to its mandate! They say Google has become useless because of the search results that it feeds...these results are 90% of the time results that have nothing to do with the topic or it has added advertisments that really just take up your time and your money...in data...

Google has helped me through varsity and for that alone I will happily be a Google fiend till the end of time, which is next year if we go by the Mayan calander and folklore-galore! SEOing has nothing to do with Google...you put a couple good words in your opperation (search "Top 10 SEO words") and you'll be on the top 5 search results in no time...ok its not that easy but you get the jist (another word I've learnt while being on my sebatical,  also another new word I've learnt).

In short, no, or a resounding, hell no Stafford, Google will and cannot be useless, never, everyone who's everyone in this world uses Google on the daily subconciously, everyone, when wanting information, uses Google, the people wanting and the people feeding information, all of them use Google to interact and exchange this information!

FaceBook and Twitter are social mediums for people to keep tabs on one another's doings, Twitter has evolved to a on the go news channel...but it will never really out-do Google...Its just one of those, say something bad about Google topics that just got alot of people thinking, thinking and thinking and then all of them or us or we made our minds up and said, heck no, we need Google, even with its adverts, we still need it!

On the otherhand, what the hell is going on with YouTube and its involuntary adverts playing in your screen?

OS over and out...Google, love it or hate it, you all know you need it!

Apr 09
2010

Spam Protection Mystery

Posted by thenack in viagra , thenack , spam , SEO , penis , julius malema , food , drol

thenack

A while ago I desided to remove the akismet spam filter from my thenack.iblog.co.za site. Just to, you know, see what happened. BAM, I was hunted down like a deer with one leg. Spammers got to me man, they got me good. I probably got about 50 spam comments a day, ranging from viagra to hamburger recipes. What I found interesting though, is that the spammers all conglomerated on two or three of may older posts. They didn't comment on any otehr post, but hammered these, all the spammers, spaming together in one place. Could anybody tell me why they all spam in the same place? Is it some kind of SEO think??

The comments started with penis enlargement, went over to viagra, and now recipies? Yeay, like for cooking food and stuff. ??!!!

74 comments  and counting, it seems they have realised that I already have a large enough penis, and am now in search of viagra to get it going, and food recipies to impress the ladies. Nice going guys, thanks for the help

Check out the worlds most spammed blogpost south-african-drinking-water-is-no-longer-safe-in-fact-its-lekkerkak


Mar 25
2010

Top Blog = Julius Malema Jokes

Posted by thenack in thenack , SEO , malema , julius malema jokes , julius malema , jub jub , jokes , Google

thenack

I have posted quite a few Julius Malema posts lately. I whent through quite a lot of trouble with some of them. Here are my findings on what generates hits, what will get your blog showing up on Google. So this post is all about SEO (search Engine Optimisation) as far as Julius Malema is concerned.

Pictures

I had the Malema Suicides 1, and the Malema Suicides 2, where I took the famous "bunny suicides" pictures and pasted Julius Malemas face. Mildly funny, and got 35 and 77 hits respectively. Current politics and Pictures

I wrote good blogs on Julius Malemas infamous "kill the boere" pop idols vibes. I posted pictures of farm murders and the issue of "freedom of speech", afrikaner genocide, and politics in general. These got 45 and 29 hits respectively. Turning to Humour

The first Malema joke post was one  about Googles autocomplete. It basically comes down to the fact that Google calls Malema a doos, bad word. Now this one got me 157 hits. Going up

Julius Malema Jokes

It's almost too easy right? The simplest are often the best. All posts had pictures named julius Malema, all posts were tagged "julius malema". Most of them also included the tag "joke" or "funny". But none of this seems to matter. The post called Julius Malema Jokes scored 534 hits and counting.

So it goes to show, SEO is not only about what you have on your site, it is about what people are actually typing into google. If you can anticipate this, and get a direct match, you will get hits. If you would like to know what people have been searching for, and what are the fastest "rising searches" Have a look at this, the google top searches