It's been over a week now and I've already blogged about this situation here and here. After five days, my import CSV file finally uploaded to Booklikes. Out of 956, 948 reviews made the transition. Aside from some links, everything seems to be fine. However...
... Booklikes just isn't Goodreads. Worse still, the things I love about Goodreads are noticeably absent. There aren't any communities, you can't compare books, and the feed, God, the feed. With less than 1/20th of the people I follow on Goodreads, the Booklikes feed is already nearly unreadable. Reblogging is responsible for most it. You can filter on reviews but when every post takes up the whole screen, it's kind of tough to get through everything. Things get lost pretty easily.
The protests are just starting on Goodreads this week. Judging by the small number of people involved compared to Goodreads' total number of users, it's probably not going to amount to much but I wish them well. It would be great if Goodreads would apologize or at least admit it handled the situation poorly but I don't see that happening. No amount of flagging reviews or writing protest reviews is going to suddenly make Otis and company say "We fucked up. Let's switch everything back."
The funny thing, funny-strange, not funny-ha ha, is that all the changes people are requesting are things that Goodreads already does really well. In keeping with my analogy from the previous blog entry, it's like trying to shape your new girlfriend into something resembling your old girlfriend. Either enjoy Booklikes for what it is or suck it up and try to make things work with Goodreads.
In other words,
This is just like when Facebook makes unannounced changes and people bitch about it for a couple weeks. People talk like it's the greatest injustice in the history of the world and threaten to delete their accounts. Then everyone gets over it and goes back to their normal Facebook habits. This is very nearly the same scenario. Either quit Goodreads cold turkey and stop jerking poor Booklikes around and make an honest effort with her or shut up and wait on Goodreads' doorstep with a bouquet of flowers and see if she'll take you back.
As for me, I'll be staying, as I said before. I'm planning on keeping my head down, writing reviews, and making sarcastic remarks when appropriate, as per usual. The sky isn't falling and Goodreads isn't the second coming of Hitler. Every relationship has its rough patches and I'm confident Goodreads and I are going to make it through this one. To paraphrase Walter White: