Facebook has stepped firmly into Twitter's territory with the purchase of messaging start-up Beluga, sure to be pushing status updates to a phone near you any day now. Beluga provides closed group messaging: users create "pods" and invite people to join them, messages addressed to the pod are then bounced out to pod members like …
Oh I see what they did...
Beluga ( whale )...Pods ( collection of )...hey ho!
Probably just as well...
...they didn't go with "Sperm" or "Killer" as the company name, really.
Are they buggery. I /wish./
Bring back CIX, all is forgiven. Ameol, we hardly knew ye...
Talking of threaded ...
What were you thinking?....
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Judging from the company name, they now have their own fail whale up their sleeves...
Back in the old days, we had email distro lists. In fact, they're still around. How did it happen? Someone wrote a little mail bouncer program one day, and that was that. No startups. No dubious business models. No multi-million dollar acquisitions. It just was not (and still is not) a big deal.
I'm still in shock and awe, at how seemingly trivial things end up attracting so much venture capital these days.
Email is hard
Email lists proved to be too hard for the average Muppet to figure out.
Things like sending an email to the subscription address to subscribe/un-subscribe (and not the address of mailing list itself) apparently require a three-digit IQ.
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