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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
But there is no sunken treasure / Rumored to be / Wrapped inside my ribs / In a sea black with ink I am so / Out of tune / With you
— Jeff Tweedy, Sunken Treasure
October 6, 2003
How Much Information Is Too Much Information for a Free Mailing List?

A few days ago I removed myself from the reasonably informative Wired News mailing list, ostensibly so that I could resubscribe under a different email address. This may have been a mistake.

Joining the list again (or, more to the point, trying to join the list again) has to be one of the more difficult things I’ve tried to do. It appears the days of a simple “Enter your email address to get Wired delivered directly to your inbox” are long dead. The Wired page no longer even has an option to enter your email address, nor does it provide a clearly labelled link to “Get Wired News Daily by email.” Following the link to “Get Wired News on the go” is futile: only for users of AvantGo or other handheld devices apparently.

Following the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the page leads to some guidance: the page you get to has a link to a so-called bucketful of options. Alas, another link is required.

The “Sign Up” link on this page takes you to the Terra Lycos member login/sign-up page. Corporate ownership rears its ugly head yet again. Of course, you’re now required to give them a bucketful of information.

So, it would appear that the days of my receiving Wired News by email are done, along with Wired’s pro-tech pro-information-distribution attitude.

Posted by skooter at 11:48 PM This entry is filed under Technology.

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