The Aleheads got an unsolicited (though very friendly e-mail) from one of the Business Development Associates over at FindTheBest.com. Normally we ignore these kinds of e-mails like the plague, but the website in question has recently added a beer database and they wanted our opinion on how useful it might be to Aleheads the world over. Never one to allow anything to go uncriticized, I added my two cents about some minor quibbles I had with their site. My contact responded immediately with an explanation of my concerns, and in one case, they actually made an alteration based on my recommendations.*
*Probably a terrible idea on their part. Following the advice of the Aleheads is generally a recipe for the immediate failure of your business.
The Aleheads are suckers for people paying attention to our useless opinions, so when we were asked if we might write up a little post about this new resource, we quickly said “maybe later”. Since it’s now later, I figured I’d broadcast this new site to the Alehead Nation legions. Check it out and let the good folks over at FindTheBest know what you think!*
*In particular, let their CEO, Kevin O’Connor, know what you think. In his bio, he lists Atlas Shrugged as his favorite book and Ayn Rand as a personal hero. So he’s apparently a 19-year-old, easily impressionable Philosophy major at a mid-tier liberal arts college.
I’m sure the FindTheBest folks will monitor the comments following this post, so PLEASE be as open and critical as possible. My contact there said this is a work in progress and they are looking for any and all constructive criticism to make the database and presentation better. FindTheBest appears to be aiming for a “one-stop shop” approach to comparison shopping. They’ve got databases for dogfood, colleges, snowblowers and hundreds of other topics. So while you’re perusing their beer database, take a gander at the rest of the site and see if it’s a resource you might use. I can’t guarantee they’ll take all of your opinions into consideration, but so far, they seem pretty responsive to user feedback.