July 12, 2004

Ack! I Have an Amazon Plog

POST #    1151

I went to Amazon.com last night looking for an antenna for my computer so I could try to share my neighbor's Internet connection. First thing I see is my Amazon Plog. Apparently it's a personalized blog for my shopping needs.

From the Amazon Plog page:

The Plog™ Service is a personalized blog. A blog is a straightforward and now widely adopted method of posting a reverse chronological diary on the Internet. Here's a list of some of the best and most popular blogs:

- Boing Boing--A directory of wonderful things

- Gizmodo--Reviews and charts the latest gadget trends

- MobileWhack--Energetic discussions of mobile technology

- Megnut--Evolving communication through blogging since 1999

- John Robb's Weblog--Thriving on rapid change

- Jeremy Zawodny's blog--Daily ramblings on life and technology

- www.lileks.com--The Institute of Official Cheer

- Gina Smith's BIOTECH--Tech/biotech journalist and author

- defective yeti--The musings of Matthew Baldwin, Pretty Okay Guy

- InstaPundit.com--The Blogfather

- Talking Points Memo by joshua micah marshall--A thoughtful contemplation of current affairs

- andrewsullivan.com--A respected intellectual columnist blogger

- Intel Dump--Near-real-time military analysis

- Daily Kos--Political analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation

- Six Apart--Six Log is the weblog of Six Apart, the company behind TypePad and Movable Type

Your Amazon.com Plog is a diary of events that will enhance your shopping experience, helping you discover products that have just been released, track changes to your orders, and many other things. Just like a blog, your Plog is sorted in reverse chronological order. When we think we have something interesting or important to tell you, we'll post it to your Plog.

Hello?!? Where is the Mao love? I know it would be impossible to do, but how about saying, "We've noticed you have a blog, here's a plog for stuff you might like." Admittedly, that would be creepy, but it still would have been cool. Now that Amazon is telling the general public what people a blog is, maybe they will understand what they are.

Incidentally, I never did find that antenna, so if anyone has a recommendation for an antenna for my G5, I would appreciate it.

Posted by tien mao in Tech at 7:33 AM



the whole plog thing makes no sense. i just don't get it.

Posted by: corie at July 12, 2004 12:08 PM

that's what i'm saying corie.

Posted by: tien at July 12, 2004 1:42 PM

i, too, logged on to amazon.com and was greeted by my 'plog'. "what the hell?" i asked the monitor. so i explored as much as i could handle (like you, i went to the list of 'blogs' and was stunned not to see my own there, i mean, really, how could they not link to me?) and then promptly informed them that their 'plog entry' recommendation of the day was totally and utterly useless. and it didn't make it go away. i want my regular amazon back!

Posted by: sassylittlepunkin at July 12, 2004 5:23 PM

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