The email from a vice president’s assistant, received late yesterday, looked desperate. Seems one of our researchers had done too good a job finding her manager’s contact information. We’d unearthed — and published — a home number for the VP.
“I need this removed as quickly as possible,” she demanded.
As you may have noticed, our infamous company contacts section is back. We lost a lot of information over the summer in a database meltdown of Biblical proportions. I wish we could blame North Korea, but alas, it was just a little IT glitch.
And as the weeks wore on, our database fell out of favor with the SEO gods. With good reason: Many of the pages were sitting there, un-updated, incomplete, and in some cases, empty.
It looked as if the bad guys had won.
But you know me, and you know my team of dedicated volunteers. We couldn’t let this stand. We got some IT help from our friends at BoardingArea and set out to rebuild the database.
One. Company. At. A. Time.
So when I received the demand email yesterday knew we were back. Our Google overlords had smiled upon us once again, and consumers were getting the information they needed.
Windmill 0, Don 1.
You’re probably wondering what happened to the VPs home phone number. No, we’re not that naughty. After a brief discussion with our senior volunteers, we removed the number. But the rest of the information stays.
Why bother publishing this information? Because companies don’t always do the right thing. And when they don’t, you need to know who to talk to. Ever ask for an employee for the name of a supervisor, only to be told there “is no supervisor”? Yeah, me too. It’s unacceptable.
So here’s my challenge to you. Don’t just sit there, do something. Join our group of volunteer researchers. We’ve posted 30 companies. We have 320 to go. If you’re interested, send me an email.
Thank you, Will Leeper for stepping in as our research editor. And thanks to Bethany Tully, Eva Dickerson, Carolyn Moon, Don Spilky, Michelle Winner, Elise Negrin, Kent Lawrence, John McNeal and Eva Dickerson for giving your time and research skills to restoring this important project.
You’re the best.