As most of you know, we got hacked. Over 1000 bogus accounts were created and thousands of SPAM posts created. While not "cured" we are close. That means the SPAM has been deleted and most bogus accounts have either been banned or deleted. I say most because there are still some out there that will be dealt with when a bogus post is made.

Security measures have been added but some bogus accounts were still being created. For now, the ability to create new accounts has been turned off. If you want an account, send an email message to staff@gt4us.com and include the following information:

  • email address
  • preferred login name
  • temporary password (you will need to change it when you log in)

We will set up your account and email you the information. Once you log in, besides changing your password, we encourage you to fill in your profile information.

Sorry for the inconvenience but that seems to be the way the world works right now.

Finding Businesses

Finding Businesses

I have written about this problem before. There seem to be a lot of "on-line directories" but all the ones I have found suffer from:

  • Inaccurate information
  • Incomplete information
  • Outdated information

Recently my bad experiences have moved to Google maps. First, where I just bought a house Google maps indicated a bakery. No bakery there and next there and the two businesses nearby are not shown. One of the first things I want to do on the new house is change the locks. Google maps shows a locksmith a couple of blocks away. I go looking and there is no such place.

Combine this with other recent Google maps experiences and I now see Google maps like those inaccurate directories. It's the same problem: listing some stuff to get some web traffic seems like a great idea -- for your business. But, keeping it up to date is just a pain.

I don't know the solution here. When I live in the U.S. and Costa Rica the Yellow Pages offered a reasonable place to look for a business. Here I don't have a viable solution.