We are half way through our month of awesomeness and for me, what I hope to show 30 days in my life ( be it a writer or so many other adventures I ran). As my grandfather always would say it’s another day! No surprise it’s here!
Yes it all seems to be made up of many little things and then BOOM! It’s an event! Still many more little things that help contribute to each of us and to each other! So, I think together is usually how we become awesome. Rarely alone. Yes?
There’s over 500 of us and for a pet peeve I have been working to rectify by myself – it hasn’t happened! I have a hope we can all fix this together!
It’s about The Weather Channel. You’ll find it on www.weather.com (10 or 5 day view) . Another competitor is in Canada and theirs is www.theweathernetwork.com . I log into Kingston Ontario since they are about 125 miles apart – not too far as the weather travels. This has been part of solving my problem by using Canada’s network!
This has been going on for almost a year now that I am aware of. Both sites have little 30 – 50 second spots of interest and some up to 2 minutes as I recall. I used to catch 1 – 3 in the evening checking out for the morning activities. 3 foot of snow or only 3 inches … makes a difference! It was convenient about a year ago. Now weather.com hasn’t worked since, as the spots go to a black screen. No video. Canada’s work and they have many of the same short videos.
Just before this the US group started running ad videos of a minute, 90 seconds and longer. More than 5 or 6 seconds is too long – if I am interested I’ll click in, otherwise it’s over! Sound about right?
Well, they started ad videos of 2.5 minutes previewing a 45 second spot! The killer here is you can’t bypass them! You want to see the 44 second clip you HAVE TO WAIT! Yes, you read that right!
During this time I wrote to feedback and contacted corporate a number of times. I even called as well. No response and finally I got an email saying they were paying attention after 6 months!
I am wondering if any of you have experienced this thus far? I know it’s a little thing – a small annoyance certainly. I just turned on the TV and looked at the weather channel!
Problem solved, but I was hooked on those tiny spots about a 3,000 yr old man found taking a bath! I called corporate and they advised me the internet was separate and never the two would meet!
They keep doing as they darn well please. Now the temperatures load vertically rather than horizontally. I may be abnormal but I read left to right. Maybe up and down if I am searching for the temp in Ankara vs Miami or looking for a stock price. The new improvements aren’t improvements in my opinion.
Ok, Canada has been good to load and it has worked this past year pretty well. They still make me smile with some of their videos and many of their ads advertise products in Canada and in the US.
As I mentioned the past year the weather channel’s ‘powers to be’ have made poor choices and bad changes yet tell us they are continuing to improve for all of us?
Here’s a puzzling point to my thinking. They appear to be planning to sell the properties. They being the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. I think someone is confused besides me! How about you? Isn’t the idea to wash and wax your car when you plan to sell … you know make sure everything works even if only for a week or two afterwards.
Yes this is all about me since it’s my pet peeve. However, I am interested how much change could be effected if all 500 of us sent a note saying we’d like the videos to work and preferred reading the weeks weather days left to right . It’s a small test and we can all check up how it’s going having the weather channel respond back to The Awesomization Nation Facebook Page!
Nothing may happen at all, but it may serve us to see how customer service is moving toward or away from improvement. Hope tomorrow has added fun for all of us! Rick =)