Twitshirt: no thanks

Twitshirt.jpgJust because the t-shirt is well designed doesn’t mean it is ok to put my words (or tweets) on it without asking me.

Twitshirt is poop (no matter how well crafted it is), but you can opt out if you don’t want someone making money off of your work (though they will give you two bits for each $20 shirt they sell… though they won’t send you any money until you reach $20 in royalties, and you won’t have ANY idea that this money is waiting for you unless you sign up for Twitshirt… but Twitshirt CAN sell shirts with your words on them without you signing up. Seems fair, right?) you can opt out*. I did, and you should too.

* A note about the ‘Blacklist’ functionality on the Twitshirt site. It doesn’t offer you any feedback after you enter your Twitter username and password and click Submit. It just dumps you have to the Twitshirt homepage. Did I successfully opt out? I have no idea.

Update: I looks like the Twitshirt folks have heard the rumblings and are hard at work ‘reversing the polarity,’ which I can only assume they are going to make the site opt-in instead of opt-out, which really clears up all my complaints.

6 responses to “Twitshirt: no thanks”

  1. I noticed the no-feedback thing as well. But if you search for your username after opting out (why on earth do we need to provide our name and password, anyway?), the search results will just display an error to the effect of “this user opted out of Twitshirt.”

  2. I think it’s a pretty bogus requirement, but it makes sense that you give your username and password so that somebody else can’t opt you out without your permission.
    The whole system is flawed … an opt-in system fixes it. But at least in the constraints of the system, it makes sense why they require authentication to opt-out.

  3. It does make sense, since you wouldn’t want someone other than the Twitter user themselves to opt out (some troublesome jokester could write a script opting out lots of people!).
    Though making the whole thing opt-in would make it far less poop like in my view (my finely honed arguments are second to none!).

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