Let's take one example - the quick post bookmarklet. In the 'old days' when I started to use TypePad, if I found a page that I wanted to blog about I could call up my little dialogue box, add in my content, format it, add in any HTML code that I wanted to include images, save the post and I was done.
Then they 'improved' the service by removing my ability to add in my own HTML code into the quick post option - in order to do that I'd need to go to the site by opening up a new tab, write my post and add in my extra content. There's also some other fun functionality that has me scratching my head. The linking text appears in the post at the beginning. If I delete all of that, when I start to write - hey presto! I'm linking to the page because TypePad hasn't been intelligent enough to delete the HTML code and because I can't get to it, I can't do it myself. All I can do is click and drag the link after I've written more of my post. How mad is that?
Anyway, we've now got the new version of their quick post bookmarklet. Can I choose which of my blogs I want to post to? Yes I can. Can I then choose the category I want to post to? Seemingly note. Can I add in links to different places? No. Can I add in my own images that are not on the page? Apparently not. How is REMOVING functionality helpful TypePad?
I appreciate that I can add in pictures from the page I'm blogged about easily. I appreciate I can add in YouTube videos easily, but here's a heads-up - I used to be able to do that ANYWAY! You're going on about these functions as though they're new and exciting. They're not. They're merely a simple way of doing what we've been able to do before.
TypePad is simply doing one thing - dumbing down the functionality. I realise that not everyone wants to play around with HTML, but some of actually do, and we know how to do it. So you go and remove that function from us. Tell me TypePad - HOW helpful is that, exactly?
All I want, and it's very simple - is to be able to use a quick post bookmarklet to add my own HTML, to edit any HTML that you put in, to add my own photographs that I've got elsewhere, to choose the categories that I want and to get on and do things the way that *I* want to - you know - the person who is paying you £90 a year for the pleasure of less functionality every time you 'improve' your service.
Luckily I can still use the older, better and unimproved bookmarklet option. Not the really old good one that worked, but I suppose I'll have to cope with that. I'm just hoping and praying that you don't do any more deciding what is good for me by killing that off. If you do that, I think it's going to be time to call it quits quite frankly.