Our beloved weekend editor Carey is taking the weekend off. I have put on my Carey wig, my Carey vest, my Carey shoes, and my Carey clown nose and will be posting this weekend as a very poor substitute for Carey, while the weather outside is amazing. Here’s a picture of how we probably all feel about this.
If you use Filefront, finish up your business with them and say goodbye before March 30th, because they’re shutting down. [filefront] (Thanks to RT!)
I’ll be liveblogging the SuperBowl ads on The Consumerist this year, playing a virtual couch buddy for those whose who don’t have any friends or whose friends don’t make interesting enough commentary. It’ll be interesting to see what is traditionally the biggest blowout night for the most outrageous and expensive ads looks like during the Recession. Tune in to the game and Consumerist.com on Feb 1 for all the hot liveblog action, and pass the nachos.
EBay today announced that their net earnings fell 31% last quarter. You’d think in this economy, shoppers would be drawn to the potentially lower prices of eBay—after all, Amazon apparently did just fine. Are the headaches of dealing with eBay/PayPal outweighing the potential savings? [WSJ]
You may have noticed that Consumerist’s new condensed view is now live. If you like it, good. If you don’t, feel free to switch back to the old view.
Our post last Friday gave people some great business ideas. We appreciate the offers, but we must insist that you do not try to purchase Consumerist with doodle currency that you have minted yourself, probably while drinking. You can, however, try to bail out the auto industry with it if you want.
Chris Walters will be filling in for Meghann today, Monday, and Tuesday.
Economic times being what they are, Gawker must refocus its efforts on its most commercially successful blogs. Which means, yes, The Consumerist is for sale.
We launched some design tweaks for enhanced readability today. Font size is a bit larger. Titles are bit larger. Inside the post, the font is even larger and the text now goes to 800pixels or so wide. All the tags on a post appear in the read more section. Metadata appears underneath the title inside the post. This should make for easier reading, and things will get to looking even better as we learn how to wrangle the new format. Love it? Leave it? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Found a bug? Leave a note on the Gawker bug report site.
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The Consumerist seeks an outside partner to run our ad inventory management and sales. With over 14 million pageviews per month, #29 on the Technorati top 100, a devoted readership, and frequent mainstream media mentions and appearances, it’s a gangbusters opportunity for the right people at a reputable company that gets our readers. If you’ve got serious hustle, integrity, and imagination, contact Ben Popken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[This post is in reference to the Consumerist layoffs announced two weeks ago.] Carey already said all the classy stuff last Sunday, so I’ll be brief. I had fun, this was an eye-opening experience (I actually learned how to better manage my finances), and blogging every day for a responsive audience is a little like smoking crack, except it makes you fat instead of bone-skinny, and it’s not quite as sexy. The best part of this job was watching a story produce results. In aggregate, we’re not really “the little guy,” and I’m thankful I was able to participate in a website that makes this possible.
After nearly two years and 1,221 posts, it’s time to hang up my fedora and say goodbye.
Gawker has launched Economy.Consumerist.com to make it easier for you to stay smarter than your cubicle mate by keeping track of the latest in the global money meltdown as reported across the entire Gawker Media Network…
This is the one internal memo I’m unhappy about leaking: In light of the recession, Consumerist will have to say goodbye to two writers. You’ve got two weeks to enjoy the excellent work and writings of Carey Greenberg-Berger and Chris Walters. Our owner, Gawker Media Network, is forcing me to make these very painful cuts. This means it will just be myself and Meghann posting during the week. Not sure what to do about the weekends, maybe we’ll just post some raw reader letters. It’s very sad. Carey has been with us for two years, Chris has been with us for a year. They’ve completely killed during their time, and I’m proud to have worked by their side. The site won’t be the same without them. Any smart publisher would be lucky to hire them now that they’re on the open market. You can read the full text of our boss’s email announcement, inside.
Two new tweaks for the comments section:
Thanks to your feedback, there’s two important tweaks to the comments revamp from yesterday: