Have you seen Scribd.com? If you haven’t consider yourself lucky. You can try to avoid it, but every once in a while, for reasons I can’t really understand, an idiot will post a link to a document there.
Take a moment and notice the difference between the two. Now tell me the point of what scribd did in its conversion.
Go ahead, I’ll wait.
So is it just me or is scribd.com the worst thing to happen to the Internet since MIME-based email?
Insofar as I can tell all it does is strip me of basic functionality. I can’t save it like the PDF. I can’t print the whole thing. Fuck, I can’t even copy and paste! And it introduces confusing functionality (TWO scrollbars on the left!? WTF?).
All for what?
So some engineers could do some flash-based masturbation & feel web 2.0?
Scribd.com developers: you are not Web 2.0. You are not 1.0. You are web -0.5. You are what we people did when they had bullshit internal doc apps, before HTML, before PDF, before we all realized that text files are often the best format.
So what do they think the point of their existence is?
Scribd is a Silicon Valley startup creating technology that makes it easy to share documents online. You can think of Scribd as a big online library where everyone can publish original content, including you!
Part of the idea behind Scribd is that everyone has a lot of documents sitting around on their computers that only they can read. With Scribd we hope to unlock this information by putting it on the web.
Bullshit. I call bullshit.
They’re not unlocking anything. If anything they are locking things up by placing it in their own jackass format.
Please, scribd, tell us all what exactly was wrong with text? Or PDFs?
Why exactly are we supposed to embrace your closed-source, proprietary standard? One, because it is so jacked up, makes it invisible to all search engines, including Google?
Now please stop pissing off the Internet & go bankrupt already.
UPDATE: I’ve posted a followup.