Don't know what you've got till it's gone
IWantSandy is folding, as are a number of web companies. So is that restaurant you loved down the street. Users are outraged. Outraged!
When you find a service or establishment or product that gives you joy, it's tempting to keep it to yourself. Perhaps it's uncomfortable to recommend it to a friend (after all, you might seem silly) and even more uncomfortable to recommend it to a stranger (after all, you might seem like a shill).
Plenty of people hesitate before spreading the word about a political candidate or a business or a medical device. We're worried that we'll look silly, or that the place will end up being too crowded and now we won't be able to get in. Or perhaps we're concerned about losing our uniqueness...
Anyway, the outcry that accompanies the closing of one of these businesses should be enough to remind you that your hesitation has a cost.
It's simple, I think. In a world where consumers have so much power, we now have two responsibilities:
- If you don't like what an organization stands for, work actively to spread the word and force them to change
- If you will miss a product, a service, a book, a site or a professional when they close up shop, stand up, speak up and bring them masses of new business.
We get what we promote.