Monday, August 23, 2010

Waxing Unvarished.com

I have been invited to try a new professional networking site called unvarnished.com. This site, in private beta let's people "review" each other, usually people already in your facebook network, anonymously. I thought this site could be really cool, now I can "review" that client or manager who really needs some critical feedback.

But as awesome as that may seem, I've struggled to enjoy the site because of the litany of bugs that I've experienced from the moment I first logged on. First of all, the onboarding process was complicated and strange. I have to disambiguate myself from a list of about a thousand other Stephanies - a list including a number of Silicon Valley Executives and their email addresses! How unvarnished can conceive of operating with this total privacy violation boggles my mind. I saved the source of this page and now I have an instant list of some good contacts which I'm tempted to SELL to some marketers (but I won't, I just need to prove a point).  Second of all, I have been unable to actually write my reviews. I managed to write 3 simple glowing reviews of some colleagues, but for some reason I just cant get my fourth review for Charlie to save... Every time I thought I was publishing my review, the site only published the 1st sentence, but not the whole review. On the 3rd attempt I gave up, and I mean I really just gave up. I have zero interest in checking out the site again which is sad because I know the developers behind unvarnished and I like them all.

I do not have time to - nor do I have the desire to WASTE time - on a website that just doesn't work. So without sounding too bitchy, I guess my point is this. All you web/software people, please try to be aware of the impact that your product is making on people's time. I know you want to grow, but better to pull back and release a more polished thoughtful product later, than to annoy potential users in order to rush to market.

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