Friday, August 24, 2007

Getty Site - Site Down as Stock Is Down?

I happened to be headed to the Getty Images site at 8:14pm EST tonight, and found this: (click the graphic to see the screen grab full size (two screens long):

All the sites - United Kingdom - gettyimages.co.uk; Deutschland - gettyimages.de; España - web gettyimages.es; France - gettyimages.fr; Italia -gettyimages.it; Japan - gettyimages.co.jp; and, Brasil - gettyimages.pt, were listed, and the message included in their respective language:

The new gettyimages.com is temporarily unavailable as we are updating the site. Please visit us again -- we will be back online soon.

In the meantime, feel free to visit the previous version of our Editorial or Creative sites.

Thank you for your patience.
(Continued after the Jump)
Hmmm, it seems like a pretty bad time to have dumped the lead on your website, don't you think? I think I made that point in a previous post on the same subject. A read of the links that you are directed to are:
  • {a href="http://legacyeditorial.gettyimages.com/ms_gins/source/home/home.aspx?pg=1"}Editorial{/a}
  • {a href="http://creative.gettyimages.com/source/home/homecreative.aspx?country=usa"}Creative{/a}
(Note, the braces were used instead of the html formatting characters for formatting purposes here).

So, Getty is sending people to the "legacyeditorial" site? What gives? Note the blue "?" box -- that code is supposed to call:
  • {img src="/spacer.gif" border="0" height="33" width="20" alt=""}
Heck, they can't even get a 'spacer.gif" graphic right! Really, what gives?

So, why was I headed to the Getty site? To look for the date of their next quarterly report. I thought it interesting to note that the last time I commented on their stock price, they were at $34.59, and it closed today at....drumroll please.....$31.13, or $3.46 down, exactly 20% down from 8/4, and today is....another drumroll.....8/24, or, 20 days. That's 20% down in 20 days, and that's not even 20 trading days! Heck, I guess I don't have to wait until the next quarterly report, at this rate, they'll be a penny-stock before you know it. Oh, wait, they already have "penny-stock" covered, it's called iStockphoto, with just pennies on the dollar going to the creative talent behind the images they proffer.

Shorters, start your engines!

Update: When I checked back at 9:06, the site was back up.
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6 comments:

David Sanger said...

The new Getty Images site is up now with Creative as well as Editorial. Search order has changed and there are a number of new features.

JL Andrade said...

Hello,
I am a reader for a while know and loving your posts, they are very interesting and I really learn from them. I've never write you before but this time a small thing bothered me, gettyimages.pt it's not Brasil, the TLD for Brasil is .br. That domain it's for Portugal, the language is the same, portuguese, but .pt is Portugal, and the adress of that Getty office it's in Portugal.
Sorry to be catching lices and keep the blog great.

John Harrington said...

JL -

Thanks. It was a cut and paste from their site -- it was Getty who listed it that way. Please look at the full screen image of the site to see what I am talking about. *I* certainly meant no disrespect - that may be Getty's doing.

-- John

JL Andrade said...

John,
seems I spoke to soon. I'm sorry and never cross my mind you're been disrespectful, maybe just distracted.
Promise to read all next time before write anything and to start participating more.
Best wishes.

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