Fighting for freerecyling

Issue 7: Is it time to throw the baby out with the bathwater?

Email is great, email is a pain, email is great. Now substitute the word YahooGroups for email. Email is like the cassette was – it seemed like it would last forever, and nearly did. But whether or not email dies is not the question here. Nor is it whether YahooGroups lives or dies.

What is important is whether these are good platforms for a freecycle-like movement. And there are at least two advantages:

  1. Ease of use and understanding. No one has ever complained about not being able to understand the basics of using email and/or YahooGroups. Ok both could be more feature rich, but they work. They might have their points of failure, but generally they just go on, day after day.
  2. Ubiquity. Totally global.
  3. Scalability. Phenomenal.
  4. Cost. zero, absolutely zero, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  5. Proven. Yep.

Hmm, it was easy to get to more than two. Must stop myself.

So any initiative to replace this with anything else needs good justification, and good planning, and possibly loads-of-money. Enter the TFN’s new website project. I have asked for background information, planning, architecture, whatever and like all other questions…

It is not as if I know nothing about this kind of business. I have run the IT stuff for global companies.

So since there are no answers except guesses, let us make some wild guesses.

  1. Power and control.

Ok that’s it.


June 27, 2007 - Posted by | freecycle

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  1. […] and that means that any solution has to be even more baseline.  That’s why I made my Baby & Bath water post. No Comments Leave a Commenttrackback addressThere was an error with your comment, […]

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