Even though we have plenty to do to get the Local Agent in shape for prime time, and we have even more to do to wrap up work on the main site and finally get rid of that little beta disclaimer on the home page, we just can’t seem to help investing a certain amount of time into our compilation of target sites and available Tasks. Last week, we added Tasks for Trunk.ly, Netlog, Scribd, and a number of other lesser-known destinations. During the same period, we also spent a little time maintaining our list of target web sites, adding a few new ones, and when needed, removing those that no longer appeared to be operational.
Deciding whether or not to remove a site from the list is never an easy call. If there is some kind of official announcement such as the one that accompanied the shuttering of Propeller, that makes it pretty easy. But when a site like spurl.net suddenly drops off of the air for some reason, we hesitate to simply remove it from the list without some further evidence of its demise. Our intent is to restrict the list to only active potential destinations, so we really do need to stay on top of such things, but for some of those sites that we’ve known and loved for some time, we might err on the side of caution just a tad before making that decision to drop them from the active category. It’s not that we’re trying to pump up our numbers with dead links; we just don’t want to pull the trigger too early on something that may just be experiencing temporary difficulties.
Both through addition and subtraction, though, our collection of target sites and Tasks associated with such sites is continually evolving. Despite the fact that we have more than enough other activities available to consume our time, this is destined to be the perpetual state of things here at splatforms.com. The internet is a dynamic place, and new sites are popping up as older ones fall out of favor and are left behind. No matter what else we will always need to keep up with that.