I guess the “free ride” of blogging tools couldn’t last forever… I was checking out Windows Live Search this morning and said “oO, lets see how it does with SharpMT.” It did well: found all the sites I expected it to. Even has a Feeds search which is kinda neat… then I noticed an ad on the right and went “errr?”. Oh, not because there are ads there, but what the ad said: “Smarter than SharpMT”.
Obviously I had to click through that!
It brought me to Anconia RocketPost‘s website. I wish I could say I was impressed, but I’m more annoyed. I was expected a competitor, sure – maybe even something that I’d like better than SharpMT! – but I didn’t expect to find someone that was chargeing for a product. Why on earth would you go bashing a free hobby-based package when yours is geared to an entirely different audience? It would be like Joel’s company promoting CityDesk by bashing MT or something… apples and oranges.
I know I’ve promoted other blogging clients in the past… I still would, too, it I saw something interesting. Particularly when people are asking for features that I have no interest in adding to SharpMT and other clients do it (like WYSIWYG editing). But I can’t really do that this time… even if their software is good, I get the impression the experience would be Used Car-ish…