:: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 ::
LavaLife and Blogs
Geek Alert / Relationships: I have a LavaLife online dating account. I don't use it much or check on it too frequently - and have never met anyone through it, but it is good for a chuckle sometimes. I figured last year why not set one up, since I met my ex-wife onine - back in the days of CompuServe and IRC...
So yesterday, I was chatting with someone I know who has a LL account and I was helping her with a photo update for her profile. Later, I go to my profile that I originally set up a long time ago and decide to update it as well.
I added a reference to my blog in the description, along with things like I cycle a lot and write. Well, each profile is reviewed before it is published and I get a response this morning from LavaLife saying I can't do that. I was quite surprised. It's not a corporate marketing blog, it's not a company site and it's not porn. It's a personal blog. Apparently they can't/won't/don't make the distinction. I emailed them back:
My blog isn't commercial. It is a blog. There are hundreds of thousands of them out there and I was not intending to drive traffic to my site. It is an online journal, and link dump mainly for my friends and colleagues at work. I don't think that discriminating against personal web sites/blogs is fair. I can appreciate stopping spam and advertizing company web sites etc, but this is a little extreeme. I would imagine there are hundreds of LL users who have blogs. Why not do one of the surveys to ask about that. Or have it in the profiles as 'personal home page.' Seriously, a blog is as much of an insight into someone as anything else. It is not an invasion of privacy, it's already on the internet. I want people to see my site, not hide it from the odd person on LL.
Should be interesting to see how/if they respond.
I will remove the reference to the URL, but I hope you will re-consider this.
:: Mike Wood 11:21 [+] ::