I’m on the phone with a recruiter today and she asks if I have a portfolio and I said, “Absolutely, it’s on my site!” and happily gave her the address. (Yep, still job hunting!) After getting off the phone, I thought to myself, “I haven’t looked at that page in a few months, I’d better make sure it’s not accidentally private or anything.” I had that happen after a WordPress upgrade a year or so back, and it would look poorly for me if no one could access the page, right?
So I go check my portfolio page and to my dismay, none of the images are displaying. I quickly hopped over to Zooomr’s website to see if something was up with my account and saw this message:
On October 28th, 2005 Kristopher Tate launched a closed beta of Zooomr’s first version to his friends and family.
Today, 7 years later in 2012, Kristopher once again invites you to explore what we are titling A Whole New Zooomr, now in official closed beta.
Much like the recent digg.com re-release, this newly envisioned version has been built from the ground-up, allowing us to break free from many of the older concepts that kept the previous version of Zooomr too technically deep from every day users. This new version also focuses more on a community appeal versus the more traditional photo sharing appeal that was offered before. With many photo-sharing solutions on the market today, we would like to use our 7th anniversary to break new ground in exploring with what we have been most excited about since day one: our community.
Well that’s lovely. Apparently the whole site has been down for the last couple of days or longer … with absolutely NO prior notice to its users. I scrambled to fix my portfolio images this afternoon and am going through some of the site tonight to fix the other bigger sections that might not be displaying properly. I’ll try to do some more this weekend when I get back, but to say the least I am very disappointed in the lack of communication from Zooomr. They’ve been my image provider for many years, but the service had seemed to go downhill over the last few years, and getting support has sadly been next to impossible.
Maybe the relaunch will be great, and I really hope things go well for them. I will likely not be renewing my account.
Zooomr, you’re fired.