Tired Is Wired
from the so-many-emails dept
Paul Boutin’s latest piece for Slate is an amusing story about a friend of his who registered the domain name Tired.com back when both were working at Wired (remember all that Wired/Tired hype?). Like so many people who ended up owning a website, he had no idea what to do with it and put up a simple message: “Are you tired? Tell us why” and linked to an email address. It turns out, people were tired, and they had no problem telling why. For the past seven years, the guy who runs the site has received over 32,000 emails, coming in at a fairly constant rate during all that time. The site isn’t advertised or talked about much (until now, I guess), but tired people keep showing up and answering the question. Boutin posts a couple of examples, and then notes that no one tries to disguise their identity. He believes that they simply don’t think about the consequences at all, and are just answering the question.
Comments on “Tired Is Wired”
bare web site
The article isn’t kidding about tired.com being a plain-looking web site. The entire page is 184 bytes and has one hyperlink, which is a mailto. A web version of the famed write-only memory.
32K messages in 7 years doesn’t sound like a lot.
It isn’t. It’s about 12.5 emails a day. I’ve probably gotten that many emails in the last seven years.
Re: Re: 32K
Yeah, but you have people who want to email you. This is about that many people randomly finding a webpage that doesn’t say much and deciding to email the person. That is impressive.
00:42... That is the time to send
00:42… That is the time to send some email to this guy.