Monday, April 13, 2009

AmazonFail


Hubpages has probably the best over view of the situation I've seen yet. I've been collecting other links all day, and waiting for Amazon to finally speak about it. However, the longer they stay silent, the less inclined I am to believe the least horrible possibility -- that Amazon's ranking system was exploited and trolled. Here's a list of the links I've read and collected today.

http://lilithsaintcrow.livejournal.com/325099.html

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11992.html

http://tehdely.livejournal.com/88823.html

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10217715-93.html#addcomm

http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/04/13/amazon_fail/index.html

http://jezebel.com/5209088/why-is-amazon-removing-the-sales-rankings-from-gay-lesbian-books?skyline=true&s=x

http://markprobst.livejournal.com/15507.html (update from the author who started it all)

http://www.itworld.com/business/66295/amazonfail-hot-new-trend-weekend

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345158,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090413/tc_pcworld/amazonglitchyankssalesrankofhundredsoflgbtbooks_1

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Bloggers-Accuse-Amazon-of-Anti-Gay-Tactics.html

http://u.tv/News/Amazon-feels-the-webs-wrath/56bce660-402e-42d3-aa68-363777344812

http://www.churchofcustomer.com/2009/04/customers-revolt-over-amazon-gay-book-deranking-aka-amazonfail-.html

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/bookselling/amazonfail_a_personal_perspective_113835.asp

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/04/dont_jump_to_co.html

http://twitter.com/RonHogan

http://www.craigbellamy.net/2009/04/12/amazonfail/#more-1327

http://hubpages.com/hub/Amazon-Rank


Most people are going with the idea that this is an Amazon policy targeting the LGBTQQI communities. A few are offering other suggestions, and some are recommending waiting to find out more. Almost all, though, suggest Amazon is shooting itself in the foot by not making any statements, apologies or explanations. Even if in the end Amazon is demonstrated not to be making such a huge policy mistake, their system has caused injury to many many people and they need to apologize.

Waiting. Waiting.


Update: Now someone is backing up tehdaly's theory with a 'confession' of epically asshole proportions.

http://community.livejournal.com/brutal_honesty/3168992.html


And now, that the claim is so much narcissistic bullshit.

http://lilithsaintcrow.livejournal.com/325429.html

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