#amazonfail & #glitchmyass

Sunday, April 12, 2009
Remember how I said I was a Twitter twit? Weeeelll, having something hit really close to home changed all that.

Amazon.com, in their infinitely short-sighted wisdom, has apparently decided they are going to delist the sales rankings of a LOT of GLBT-themed books. And yes, mine among them. But not just erotica and fiction, I'm talking NON-fiction books on the topic as well! And not just GLBT but other "adult" material

Insanity.

Twitter has blown this up in Amazon's face in a HUGE way, spreading the word like wildfire. Today I have spent far too much time on this, but I've learned about hash tags (#amazonfail) for searching Twitter and what RT means.

I've also learned that someone at Amazon should get their ass handed to them on a silver platter. How would you like to be the guy who's got to make that phone call to the CEO and explain their "glitch" has apparently made them look like a bunch of gaybashing homophobes?

And it's not just GLBT books, but books on things like disability issues and feminist topics are also disappearing from sales rankings and search lists. This means if you type in a topic and aren't specifically looking by title/author, you probably won't find a "delisted" book.

That's like Amazon.com telling you it knows what's best for you AND it will tell you how you find books you're looking for. But it won't openly tell you that it's hiding books from you for your own good.

This is a great time to jump on the Twitter bandwagon!

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