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Topic # 115102 13-Mar-2013 21:34
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http://whitepages.co.nz/maintenancepage/index.html  is the page that comes up if you go to whitepages. site down yesterday and today. 

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Reply # 781314 13-Mar-2013 21:35
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If it went down for 365 days I still would not notice or care, I care more about you did not use BBcode

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  Reply # 781321 13-Mar-2013 21:41
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God that is one Fugly home page

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  Reply # 781326 13-Mar-2013 21:49
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That is bad if it has been down for that long. Also website shows it hasn' t been updated since 2010. Many people don' t have the old school phone books these days. I wonder if the yellow apps for iphone etc are working?

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Reply # 781328 13-Mar-2013 21:50
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At least they were thoughtful of my generation, and including instructions on how to use a phone book

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  Reply # 781334 13-Mar-2013 22:07
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Avoid that website like the plague. It's been awful for years, the results are never relevant due to their need to listen to where advertisers say their business _covers_ as opposed to simply where they're _located_.

Better results out of a mix of Google, Localist, Zenbu? and a couple of other data aggregators these days. (Businesses, if you're not online, you're losing out!)




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  Reply # 781335 13-Mar-2013 22:08
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White pages was working yesterday as i looked up an address. Perhaps they are taking it down to do upgrades two nights in a row- and you just checked at the wrong time, both times?




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  Reply # 781384 14-Mar-2013 07:51
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Back for me.

And I posted this on Twitter and got abused by their head of development:




So, was it four hours only or really a couple of days?




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  Reply # 781385 14-Mar-2013 08:10
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BlakJak: Avoid that website like the plague. It's been awful for years, the results are never relevant due to their need to listen to where advertisers say their business _covers_ as opposed to simply where they're _located_.

Better results out of a mix of Google, Localist, Zenbu? and a couple of other data aggregators these days. (Businesses, if you're not online, you're losing out!)

The yellow pages layout has vastly improved in the recent release, but they still have those geo issues you identify. For instance, if you are searching for a restaurant in an area the first results are takeaways that service the area. Similar problems for any other physical store you would like to visit. At least the new layout is a lot cleaner.

But we digress, this topic is about the white pages. There are some good things about the new release, but the advertising is deliberately not subtle and this makes the site painful to use. I'd like to be a regular user but I just grab the white pages off the shelf instead.

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  Reply # 781387 14-Mar-2013 08:21
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For businesses we just use Google these days. Last time I got the phonebooks we just dumped directly from the mailbox into the recycle bin (it was collection day, it didn't even stay in the property).





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  Reply # 781394 14-Mar-2013 09:13
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what is this 'yellow pages' thing? Is it some new upstart trying to compete with google?

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  Reply # 781397 14-Mar-2013 09:18
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Yup, agreed, we haven't used the White Pages or Yellow Pages for years, just Google everything. As for printed directories, I was told 5 or 6 years ago that the UK hasn't had printed directories for ages, hopefully we'll follow suit.

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  Reply # 781403 14-Mar-2013 09:34
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I don't remember the last time I used Yellow online. As to the books, occasionally I need a doorstop or something to stand on.




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PDAMan: I don't remember the last time I used Yellow online. As to the books, occasionally I need a doorstop or something to stand on.


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