Thanks to my good friend’s tweet, I discovered what this post would discuss, though briefly so as not to continue beating this poor dying horse.
Enter “#amazonfail”-If you’ve been under a rock, or more predictably out of the twitter loop, this story has probably gone over your head. Honestly, I hadn’t heard it myself until reading one friend’s message on the ever faithful and current reporter, Twitter (scary but true).
So the gist of it is that there was a noticeable trend of Amazon sales rankings disappearing from certain sales materials (books featuring gay and lesbian themes/characters). The amazing thing is how quickly this all came about: it was noticed this weekend, and an Amazon rep has already addressed the topic with Publishers Weekly. As PW reports, “an Amazon spokesperson said that a glitch had occurred in its sales ranking feature that was in the process of being fixed.”
Now what I found interesting was another report on this story, found on jezebel.com. While they approach the same topic (with a few more expletives thoughts about the matter), they also provide some interesting comparisons on what WAS showing rankings, and what wasn’t.
Ex. “Queer theory books, books on coming out, and feminism books lose their rankings, but A Parent’s Guide To Preventing Homosexuality gets to keep its rank?”
The list of what did and did not make the cut was a rather surprising and controversial collection. And to think I wouldn’t have bothered to read PW about this until tomorrow if not for my skills in social networking procrastination. As my good friend pointed out on her message, “the debacle started, grew and finished across 1 SUNDAY… Twitter gets results!” (Thanks for the update PanDAng!)
*Also, check out an interesting theory presented by another social network correspondent. It’ll keep you conspiracy theory people happy, and the rest of us informed.
So be it mass genocide, natural disasters, celebrity tid-bits, or righteous equality actions against e-tailer discrimination, turn to your Twitter kiddies! It’ll let you know whats hot or not.
Having said all that, and in light of it being Easter, I leave you with this Bob Hope quote: “The good news is that Jesus is coming back. The bad news is that he’s really pissed off.”