What is the thinker thinking?
Pondering eBay is something I have been doing for many years now. (Thinking about something carefully, esp. before deciding or concluding)
Many of you know my involvement with eBay both as a seller and an instructor, but as with family, the emotions have run very hot and very cold at times. The article that stimulated my current state of introspection is from ECommercbytes today. http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y13/m07/i16/s03
The picture shows the CEO John Donahoe's likeness (not sure of the body) transposed onto Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker" and the article discussed Donahoe's introspection regarding eBay. Boy, to be able to read minds!
The changes come hot and heavy, even though we were promised two major adjustments per year. BUT, as with politicians, the devil is in the details. What do you define as major and how do you define "adjustments".
"Blue Links" and pages are changing and being tested constantly. Your landing page may (and probably does) not look like mine. Blue Link placement may disappear or be moved to the remote areas of "Siberia" in the blink of an eye.
It could be of no importance if you do not use it often (minor change) but if you use it frequently it IS IMPORTANT (major change). But let's say placement of blue links is minor. Policy changes are MAJOR!
So, two major policy changes per year, except they are phased in all year long and may change dramatically before they are ever implemented. The end result is constant changes to policy all year long, but only two major announcements, if they are announced at all.
See where the hot & cold can happen, sometimes in a very short span of time? I could be very hot with irritation and then very cold with indifference, BUT I might not care at all if I were not teaching it to others and making an income from it by selling.
Aah, now we come to the familial love, but I will put that in a separate post so you don't have too much to comment about, should you want to share your opinions. :-) Phil?
(By the way, this was written last night but posted this morning after I have had time to "ponder" it a few times) :-)