Lazy Form Programming

From Amazon’s Askville:

This crap drives me nuts.

Amazon, here’s some Javascript code, for free:

var strAddress2use = strAddressFromForm.replace(“http:////”, “”);

It’s a little more work in Ruby and PHP, but .. you get the picture.

Abandonment: Leaving Live Customers for Phone Calls Makes ZERO Sense

Retail stores don’t seem to realize the importance of customer touch points. That phone call ringing in the background is not as important as customers already in the building. If that phone rings a few times, both the receptionist and the salespeople need to have confidence it will then ring to someone else for handling or to a well designed voice mail solution. Leaving a customer during the sales process is simply throwing away the entire process people have worked hard on up to that point.

SEO Spam Deconstructed

It would seem ludicrous to even consider SEO services that send garbage SPAM, but amazingly I talk to people at least once per week who have “gave them a shot” because it “surely can’t hurt anything.” In fact, it can hurt a LOT of things. Here’s a deconstruction of the spam itself.