Olympics Shuts Down Non-Commercial Online Service That Helped People Get Tickets
from the olympic-failures dept
Another day, another story of Olympics insanity. Apparently the website for the London Olympics has a really awful interface that highlights tickets that are available. So, some enterprising coders quickly hacked together a better system, called 2012TicketAlert that would help alert people when new tickets were available. It was just a typical internet case study: some people saw a system that wasn’t very good, and they built a better interface. Welcome to the internet.
Ah, but this is the Olympics, and the Olympics just doesn’t do things like that. So, they shut the site down:
It seems someone at LOCOG has taken exception to our idea (or the publicity it is getting) and instead of reaching out to us or addressing the lack of a notification system, they have simply blocked our access to their server. This means we are unable to check or post any new ticket alerts.
Welcome to the Olympics, where if you don’t pay the Olympics, you better not do anything to help make the Olympics a better experience.
And it’s important to note that they weren’t making money off of this. They were just helping to alert people to ticket availability and then driving them to the official Olympics site. They just hacked together a notification system.
Sometimes I wonder if the Olympics just wants to piss off everyone.