I’m sorry I don’t have a square to spare, now if you don’t mind…

March 25, 2010 — 2 Comments

I frequent a lot of different sites around the internet… tutorial sites, blogs, etc. One thing i notice on a large majority of sites are those little square “ad spaces” on the side of the page… go ahead and look to your right… i have some on my site. I don’t have any issue with them and that’s not what this post is about.

I do, however, have any issue with what some of them say… especially the way they say what they say…

I have been noticing a trend where companies advertise by putting others down. With the implications being that if you embark on this or that venture without using our program or software that your stuff isn’t good or even that it’s ugly.

Really?

In all reality i get what they are trying to say and that they are proud of their service or product… but to tear down someones work based on your opinion of your product just doesn’t seem right to me.

For instance… let’s say… a church website. Often times a churches presence on the web represent someone trying their best… doing what they can on a limited budget to get people connected to the church. It may not “look” awesome or be up to “web standards” or “best practices”… but it represents someones time, energy, sweat and commitment. Someone doing their best with what they have to further the community of believers around them and reach out to others. And really when calling something lie that ugly or picking it apart… you are really attacking someones heart.

And i just don’t get how someone could call that ugly.

Can’t people promote their products and services without trying to posture themselves as an authority or superior? Your work and services should speak for themselves… don’t ya think?

Anyone? Anyone?