John Murch | Developer, Marketer and Entrepreneur » twitter John Murch Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:53:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Software Malpractice, Don’t Worry About It Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:52:01 +0000 A while back Sean Tierney’s posted to Agile or Fragile. I was listening to the audio clip and I was almost shocked hearing whether software had malpractice cases. Think about it…cough cough Microsoft Windows… just imagine how many times you have to reboot or fix something, software just has bugs and we live with it, right? Well imagine if you had to worry about software malpractice and focus on writing 100% perfect code. Some developers have to write 100% perfect code, just think of the banking world, why do you think so much of their infrastructure has gone unchanged.

Coding and building things that have no errors or bugs is hard. Spending all that time testing and then asking yourself “is it worth it”, are people using it or was that weeks, month, year of coding not worth it. I just find it interesting listening to people who compare apples to oranges like cars to software. I know this “concept” of software malpractice is much like that, but I wanted to throw it out there and get coders to think before they code as well as USERS to understand bugs happen. I know with Google and every web 2.0 launching in “beta” has helped the users as well as the developers to find bugs and fix them. For me, I know I like to do multiple soft launches and/or build up this “nut” that does something and build upon it. Being agile you want to build simple sexy code that is tested as well as completed in a short period of time. I know for most a day, week, or even 2 weeks is a good time to put on various “features” for agile development. You do not want to build code that you will have to “fix” later.

So what do you think about coding malpractice? Do you think companies should be liable for the code they release? Or should users understand that bugs are too common in development and they need to “deal” with them.

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Is this a Black Hat Twitter Tactic or a Great Twitter Hack Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:26:36 +0000 Before I dive into this tatic, I wanted to take a step back to say, if you are NOT on twitter, WTF people! Seriously, it’s a great way to market your product and create that one on one dialog with your customers as well as improve yourself by building your own personal brand. You can also create that dialog with your friends and keep upto date with what is going on and ask them about it the next time you meetup.

So while checking my inbox of new twitter followers, I got the standard message, but this time there were more links then normal. This email contained 3 links to the user’s website and only one to there profile.
Here is the email I received.

Hi, John Murch (jmurch) (rustydeals) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out‘s profile here:

You may follow as well by clicking on the “follow” button.


Now realize that the link to his profile is a link because gmail, outlook or your mail clients will take a and turn it into a clickable link. So when I click to view his profile, I am actually being taken to his website. So only 1 out of the 4 links are to his twitter profile where the others are to his website. So from a marketing stand point, each person you follow, if they read the message and click a link you have a 1 in 4 shot of having them click on your website link and not the profile link.

Now really what is going on is he just replaced the name field of twitter with his domain in this case,

I feel this is a Black Hat tatic to get people to click through to your website, but I would love to get your comments and feedback, what do you think?

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