Thursday, September 17, 2009

Creativity and Technology

How many times have we been greeted with drab and dull messages on various websites saying ‘Site down for maintenance’ or some such mundane message? It is good to know there are people who add a dash of creativity to even that space and make the users smile even as they are returning from a site…

Grooveshark went down yesterday and though I couldn’t hear the music I wanted to hear they made sure I didn’t go back with a frown. I loved the way they told us they would be down for some time and described the problem…technology in the garb of good humour and metaphor. Here is the homepage and the message…I wish they keep this amalgamation of technology at the backend and creativity upfront going…such a joy in cyberspace!




'To those of you who were redirected here, we apologize.

In an attempt to befriend Asian investors and increase office morale, we here at Grooveshark established some connections with the Chinese black market and imported our very own black-and-white Giant Panda (hereby known as "Pickles"). Unfortunately, due to circumstances no one could have foreseen, Pickles became agitated at the fluorescent lights and near-constant belly rubs and began clawing at our computers.

Pickles is currently thrashing about in the server room, causing the technical difficulties and temporary outage you just experienced. As soon as our interns return from Pier 1 with synthetic bamboo, a picnic basket and an oversized net, we will be able to return the servers back to normal and, if we can, rescue the coder that Pickles has taken as a prize.

Thank you for your patience.'

15 Thinkers Pondered:

numerounity said...

Hi

Have been reading your blogs since the stainer story and must say it is amazing. This one was just amazing! Keep the good work:)

Anupama said...

Hey Ekta!

Welcome to the space :) ...really glad to know you have been enjoying the writing, it's very heartening...thanks for the kind words :)

Christina said...

Wow... Now that's what I call creativity!!! Challenges me to do more :)

Saltwater Blues said...

so you're a grooveshark fan too huh? yeah, great site.

... and it's back up again :)

Anupama said...

Hey SwB!

Yeah...in fact I discovered it through your blog :) ...so thanks to you for Grooveshark as well as for the comment :)

numerounity said...

Yup...I am fan!

numerounity said...

Yup...I am fan!

sFunn.com said...

will have to check
grooveshark now.
nice post.
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The Fun place.

mentalie said...

awesome! that's definitely a better way to go them...woops! site down for maintenence. please come back later. nice post, anupama :)

kedar said...

hey, even twitter does a neat job of telling you they're meddling with their servers. what you see is a flock of red birdies lugging a huge whale.

Smita said...

This actually is such a nice way to put an otherwise drab message!! Liked it :)

Spike said...

wasn't it orkut that came up with 'different' site down for maintenance messages?
ICICIDIRECT has the worst messages... They cannot even tell you properly if your session has expired!
If u like streaming music, there is also www.shoutcast.com... very good online radio beats!

Anupama said...

Hey Mentalie!

Thanks a lot :)

Hey Kedar,

I wouldn't be surprised...it is these revolutionary companies who do not mind shedding a serious corporate image while they are busy doing their best at what they do best who change the landscape in cyberspace and make it a more interesting space...Certainly Twitter, Google (I mean who plays with their logo!! Half the world crashes down with IPR laws the moment you touch a logo), Grooveshark are all part of that wave of relief :)

Thanks for the comment...

Hey Smita!

Cute no it was! Thanks for the comment :)

Hey Spike!

Will definitely check Shoutcast radio (it reminds me of Launchcast and the fact that I haven't heard Yahoo radio in a very long time!)...and talk about banks or any of these highly procedure oriented strategic businesses...they wouldn't be able to give a proper answer for why something wasn't working even if you asked them in person let alone on their website!

Thanks for the comment :)

Satish said...

Not many companies are creative enough to turn the disadvantage to their advantage.....Full marks to Grooveshark........

I wonder how the work environment would be there.......

Anupama said...

Hey Satish!

Oh we visited this company my friend runs in Slovakia and the place had soft toys strewn around the place (everybody had one of their own) and their were lazy couches and games everywhere...more than server tech guys they looked like a bunch of kids who were thoroughly having fun doing what they did...I am sure Grooveshark is two notches up in that league...

Thanks for the comment :)