I love the productive feeling I get when I spend the day battling the corporate VPN to stay connected.
— Neil Kelly (@neil__kelly) December 14, 2011
by neil •
So, of course, I’ve been keeping up (or trying to keep up) with what’s been going on with the remnants of The WANT ADvertiser.
First thing I found was a site claiming to be the new incarnation of The WANT ADvertiser but under a new name and look. It honestly looks like someone trying to take advantage of the situation by slapping up a craptastic quickie site. (And since I don’t think they actually bought the name from The WANT ADvertiser’s owners, I won’t link to them.) Suffice it to say, not using generic stock photos and… oh, I don’t know, maybe investing in a SPELL CHECKER? I know I’m not much of a typist but then again, I’m not trying to sell you something.
Much more interesting was what appeared in my search results today – thebigads.com, which came via an article in the T&G. The article indicates that there are 5 former Want Ad folks there – and in looking at the site, I’m pretty sure they do. There’s definitely a sameness to the look and feel. I wish them the best of luck.
by neil •
Last week, my most recent former employer (The WANT ADvertiser) closed their doors. It was pretty obvious it was coming, which is why they became my former employer a month ago. And every time it happens, I think about the fact that, for new employers, checking my references is an exercise in frustration. I mean, let’s look at the list:
And now The WANT AD. That was the closest – it was barely a month from when I left until they packed it up. I won’t go into my thoughts on what happened but suffice it to say, it could have been avoided.
A few links to other people’s thoughts on their closing:
- Worcester Telegram & Gazette article – lots of comments on their message area