Friday, December 12, 2008

Web Analytics poetry and (bad) music

As I explained in the previous post, we had some issues with our hosted Web Analytics tool. This week, we finally granted back access to business key users. I was a bit anxious. Would the new installation resist the rush? Would it crash again? Would users get troubles? Or would they jump of joy in the air? 

Nothing worth a good and spontaneous poem
Actually it went well. Few minor issues but nothing that serious. I had a look at the users log and I was pleased to see so many users logging in. Most users were quite happy to have it back - always good to see that many get addicted to their web data. One of them was so happy that he even sent me... a poem!

Here is what I got in my mailbox:

So sad was the day, 
when webtrends went away. 
But thanx to Michael, 
all ended well 
the backlog in reporting we have now 
we'll have to deal with somehow 
but today let's just say cheerio! 
for Mister Notté, our her-e-o! 

(this priceless masterpiece of poetry was reproduced with the permission of the author. Thanks)

Wow! I must say I had a good laugh and it put a smile on my face - it simply made my day. I will have to add this one to the list of little things that make my day as a Web evangelist - Web Analytics poetry!
Oops They did it again!
I have never sent poetry myself to express how I was happy... or disappointed. However, I have sent a song once. Yep! Here is a bit of background.

My company has been working for years with one main creative agency responsible for many web developments. They are quite good for the creative parts but let's say it when it comes to tagging, they used to really suck (I use the past tense because they have quite improved and they finally  got it in the end). But it took years and they got on my nerves so many times that I stopped counting (if you read the previous post, you know how I hate this :-)).

Oops they did it again!So one day, they screwed it again - one more time. I was tired of angry phone calls and emails as it seemed hopeless. I decided to use a different approach, I emailed them a song - a personal interpretation of a Britney Spears song actually! Yes, I know it is very cruel - no one deserve to be punished that way ;-)).

It was based on Britney Spears' "Oops I did it again" (Note: I replaced the agency name by XXX)

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah 

I think YOU did it again
I made you believe it was more than just figures
Oh XXX, it might seem like a joke
But it doesn't mean that I'm NOT serious
'Cause to screw-up all the data
That is just so typically You

Oops!...You did it again
You played with the code, got lost in the game
Oh baby, baby...
Oops!...You did it again
That I'm now very upset
You are not that innocent

You see my problem is this
I'm dreaming away
Wishing that real pros, they truly exist
I cry, waiting for this day
Can't I see I'm a fool in so many ways
But to screw-up the code
That is just so typically you
XXX, oh


(note: ok, it doesn't rhyme but who cares, it's a Britney song anyway)

Did it work? Well, they remained silent but the issue was fixed in the hour and they did not screw up for some times at least (old habits are hard to kill).

And you? Do receive or write Web Analytics poetry and songs? How do you express your happiness or disappointment?

Disclaimer: I am NOT a Britney Spear fan at all. I have some decent music taste, believe me :-D

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1 comment:

  1. Great post!

    Perhaps I should send an audio file of me singing to our 3rd party providers the next time they fail to recognise (again) that we need to measure campaign success. :)


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