However, don’t blame Sami or Barry or anyone else here are Martindale-Hubbell for that.
Rather, as the director of product management for martindale.com, I made the call to get something out there quickly to begin 2008, even with known limitations, so we could at least start the conversation with you all and then make improvements as we go based on real-time feedback.
That’s the web 2.0 way right?
Ironically, I suspect that if we took the other route and did extensive research and development until we were comfortable that we got everything thing figured out, we would have ended up launching in December. And, I bet along the way, we would be equally criticized for being slow moving and “not getting it.”
That slower method is how we used to do business, and it’s what we are trying to change. But, change is not going to happen overnight.
In the short-term, we are taking a look at all of your suggestions. In a couple weeks, we will put up blogger bios and photos. This is a small step, but a step forward as we such as we determine what we can add now without too much work since we are going to be replacing it later in the year. In the meantime, we did manage to get our feed validated after some comments on the Cheezy Non-Blog post.
Longer-term, we’ve been in the market for a rich community platform which includes blogging capabilities.
Until then, keep the feedback coming.