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Earthlink, the internet service provider has started a corporate blog, mostly talking about issues such as network neutrality and how consumers can protect themselves online. I am surprised why the blog hasn’t been publicized, as yet. The main corporate blog for Earthlink is imaginatively called Earthling, […]

Earthlink, the internet service provider has started a corporate blog, mostly talking about issues such as network neutrality and how consumers can protect themselves online. I am surprised why the blog hasn’t been publicized, as yet. The main corporate blog for Earthlink is imaginatively called Earthling, and is being penned by Dave Coustan, EarthLink’s newly hired full-time blogger.

The other blog Earthlink was publishing is called, The Protection Blog, apparently is being rolled into this blog. In case you don’t remember Dave, he was also a writer for How Stuff Works. Unfortunately, he is not going to be writing there any more.

I had a chance to chat with Dave, and he said that the audience of Earthling is consumers, from dial up to broadband consumers. “I want to write in a voice that consumers can understand. I am going to be the human interface between the company and the consumers.,” he says. Good luck! I am all for making broadband easier to understand for the mass market.

You’ll find two kinds of entries here — some about what goes on at EarthLink, and some about things that interest me on the web……We also considered creating not one but several blogs, organized by subject matter. But my feeling is that at least for right now, EarthLink really needs one blog — one unified presence — that’s free to talk about lots of different things. We might splinter off different subject areas into their own blogs later, or add some completely new and different blogs.

  1. Thanks for getting in touch. It was a pleasure speaking with you this weekend. While I was killing time at the airport I took a look at locatecell.com — pretty creepy indeed. I’m going to do some research on this and see what else I can dig up.

  2. Not sure if I’m posting this in the right area, but I’m trying to get linked to other Earthlink customers. I accidently bought an Earthlink Treo 650 (on ebay). Since I’m a Verizon customer I can’t activate it.

    It’s a brand new phone, in excellent shape and I’d love to sell it to an Earthlink customer who can activate it.

  3. December 27, 2006

    Dear Mr Betty -

    I hope you and your family enjoy the holiday season. I have been a loyal customer of Earthlink for some years now. I appreciated it as an independent, reliable, secure ISP. More recently, I decided to upgrade from the dial-up service to True Voice and ADSL, grow with the company… but then I was deeply disappointed.
    Below is my transcript with the service department this morning. But it is not only the service department that is in disarray. When I called to upgrade my service, the sales department did not know what products are available when they got a phone call from a ready, able, and willing customer ready to throw money at them.

    I hope that Earthlink finds a way to recover its strength in 2007, and not sell out to any of the big ones. It looks like a tough position to be in, but I hope you prevail.

    All the best,

    John Doe

    Welcome to Earthlink LiveChat. Your chat session will begin shortly.

    Not at home and you want to read your email? With EarthLink Web Mail you can check your email from any computer with an internet connection!

    Please wait for a site operator to respond. While you are waiting, please feel free to begin typing your issue in the box below. Try to be as descriptive as possible. Once an operator responds, click SEND to transmit what you have typed.

    Not at home and you want to read your email? With Earthlink Web Mail you can check your email from any computer with an Internet connection!

    ‘Jade’ says: Thank you for contacting EarthLink LiveChat, how may I help you today?
    myemail@earthlink.net: hello there
    myemail@earthlink.net: may i please speak with a supervisor?
    Jade: Hello, please let me know the issue to best fix the issue.
    myemail@earthlink.net: by letting me speak with a supervisor
    myemail@earthlink.net: still there?
    Jade: Please wait a moment while I transfer you to my supervisor.
    Please wait while I transfer the chat to ‘Robert R’.
    ‘Robert R’ says: Thank you for contacting EarthLink LiveChat, how may I help you today?
    myemail@earthlink.net: i have been with earthlink for some years, but with the adsl for about 2 months
    myemail@earthlink.net: the first month it did not work at all
    myemail@earthlink.net: i spent many hours on the chat line
    myemail@earthlink.net: tickets were opened and closed and nothing done
    myemail@earthlink.net: yesterday i lost my adsl and my truevoice again
    myemail@earthlink.net: i went on the chat line late last night
    myemail@earthlink.net: reported it all
    Robert R: Please hold on while I work on the issue.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I was promised that within 15 minutes i will get an email with the ticket number and the transcript of the chat
    myemail@earthlink.net: i got nothing
    myemail@earthlink.net: I cannot afford to spend hours and be disconnected from phone and internet connection for days and weeks
    myemail@earthlink.net: can you please let me know if a ticket was opened yetsterday or not, and if it was open, why i got no email
    myemail@earthlink.net: if it was not opened – why not
    myemail@earthlink.net: [if it was opened and closed, that is what they did all last month,m why they opened and closed it
    myemail@earthlink.net: and when xxxx is a techs going to call me that they are going to come check the phone line?
    myemail@earthlink.net: SO BASICALLY TODAY I AM SPENDING AN HOUR OR SO, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THE HOUR OR SO I SPENT YESTERDAY AMOUNTED TO NOTHING…
    myemail@earthlink.net: IT ALL LOOKS MORE AND MORE LIKE FUTILITY
    Robert R: I’m sorry for delay. I’m still working on the issue.
    Robert R: Let me know the security word on your account for verification purposes, the hint being Father’s Middle Name.
    myemail@earthlink.net: WHAT THE XXX IS THAT??? I NEVER GAVE MY FATHER’S MIDDLE NAME AS A HINT FOR MY SECURITY WORD… YOU ARE PROBABLY ON THE WRONG ACCOUNT…
    myemail@earthlink.net: THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS
    myemail@earthlink.net: MY PHONE NUMBER THAT IS DEAD IS 310 286 9567
    Robert R: I’m sorry it is Mother’s Median Name.
    myemail@earthlink.net: mymmn
    myemail@earthlink.net: AND PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME FOR PASSWORD, LIKE ANOTHER GUY AT THIS CHAT LINE DID
    Robert R: I’ll not be asking for password. I was able to verify the account.
    myemail@earthlink.net: FOR NO REASON AT ALL… TOTAL BREACH OF SECURITY
    myemail@earthlink.net: DID YOU FIND THE RECORD OF MY CHAT FROM LAST NIGHT? IT WAS ABOUT 2 AM MY TIME, OR ABOUT 9 HOURS AGO
    Robert R: I see that the issue is already escalated with ticket number 968374.
    myemail@earthlink.net: DO YOU FIND RECORD WHY I GOT NO EMAIL?
    Robert R: Due to some internal technical difficulties we were not able to send emails to customer.
    Robert R: I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I was also promised that a tech will call and schedule to come and check the line
    myemail@earthlink.net: it is anywhere scheduled?
    myemail@earthlink.net: I am left without phone and without intenet connection
    Robert R: No it is not because it will take 24-72 hours to get the issue updated.
    myemail@earthlink.net: you mean that they will not even schedule it in 1-2 days? so when is it likely that the tech will be able to actually come?
    Robert R: They can schedule depending on the issue at server end, however we do not have that information with us.
    myemail@earthlink.net: what is server end if i may ask?
    Robert R: And for that you need to give a call to 866 374 5881.
    myemail@earthlink.net: in general, if a customer phone line is dead, what is considered at earthlink reasonable response time?
    Robert R: By Server End I mean the issue at EarthLink’s End or Local Vendor’s End.
    myemail@earthlink.net: that phone line is useless, been there done that last month… they leave you on hold for half an hour or an hour with horrible musac
    myemail@earthlink.net: then the phone is disconnected…
    myemail@earthlink.net: nice way to burn your time
    myemail@earthlink.net: the best outcome of that phone line is when they tell you – NOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF BY LEVEL 3 ENGINEERS
    myemail@earthlink.net: then nothing happens for several days
    myemail@earthlink.net: then when I call again – the ticket was closed by somebody.
    myemail@earthlink.net: i really have no inclination of going through this again this month
    Robert R: It is a new number that is exclusively for Phone Issues.
    myemail@earthlink.net: can you please tell me what is considered by earthlink a reasonable time to fix such a problem when my phone line is dead and my internet connection is dead
    Robert R: It is 24-72 hours that is taken to know that exact issue and to be worked upon.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I am asking how long is considered reasonable to fix it… YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS SUGGESTING 24-72 HOURS, YOU SAID EARLIER THAT NOBODY WILL EVEN SCHEDULE IT IN THAT TIME…
    myemail@earthlink.net: SO WHAT IS A REASONABLE TIME TO FIX MY PHONE LINE?
    myemail@earthlink.net: AND MY INTERNET CONNECTION?
    myemail@earthlink.net: A DAY, A WEEK, A MONTH, A YEAR
    myemail@earthlink.net: SOME ESTIMATE OF REASONABLE TIME TO FIX THE PROBLEM IS A REASONABLE REQUEST FROM A CUSTOMER. THAT WAY I WILL NOT BOTHER YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE. JUST WAIT AND SEE…
    myemail@earthlink.net: STILL THERE?
    myemail@earthlink.net: I SOMEHOW EXPECTED THAT A SUPERVISOR WOULD KNOW SOME BASIC INFORMATION LIKE THIS
    myemail@earthlink.net: STILL THERE??????
    Robert R: You need to wait for 24-72 hours to get the update on the information.
    Robert R: Whatever information is available to the Representatives are available to the Supervisor.
    myemail@earthlink.net: CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IS CONSIDERED BY EARTHLINK SERVICE CENTER REASONABLE TIME TO FIX A PROBLEM LIKE MINE?
    myemail@earthlink.net: I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS BASIC INFORMATION THAT I AM ENTITLED TO AS A CUSTOMER
    Robert R: I’m sorry we do not have exact time frame of getting the issue resolved. Depending on the complexity of the issue it may take more or less time.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I NEVER ASKED YOU FOR AN EXACT TIME
    myemail@earthlink.net: I ASKED FOR AN ESTIMATE – A DAY, A WEEK, A MONTH, A YEAR?
    Robert R: That information I’ve already provided
    myemail@earthlink.net: DO YOU HAVE ANY STANDARDS IN THE SERVICE CENTER? FOR EXAMPLE – WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM TIME THAT I MAY HAVE TO WAIT? A DAY, A WEEK< A MONTH, A YEAR?
    Robert R: It will take 24-72 hours to get the update on the information. However depending on the complexity of the issue it may take more or less time.
    myemail@earthlink.net: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY INFORMATION I WOULD ASK FOR TWO THINGS:
    myemail@earthlink.net: 1) THAT THE TRANSCRIPT OF THIS CHAT BE EMAILED TO ME AS SOON AS WE ARE DONE
    myemail@earthlink.net: 2) THAT I BE TRANSFERRED TO YOUR SUPERVISOR, OR HIGHER UP MANAGER WHO KNOWS THE TIME FRAMES OF SERVICE AT EARTHLINK
    myemail@earthlink.net: CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME WIHT THESE TWO SIMPLE REQUESTS?
    Robert R: I’m done from my side and I’ll email you complete chat transcript.
    myemail@earthlink.net: THANK YOU FOR PROMISING TO HELP ME WITH MY FIRST REQUEST.
    myemail@earthlink.net: HOW ABOUT AN ANSWER FOR MY SECOND REQUEST TO SPEAK WITH A MANAGER WHO KNOWS THE TIME FRAMES OF SERVICE AT EARTHLINK
    Robert R: Please hold on while I transfer you to my Supervisor.
    Please wait while I transfer the chat to ‘Dave A’.
    ‘Dave A’ says: Thank you for contacting EarthLink LiveChat, how may I help you today?
    myemail@earthlink.net: thank you
    myemail@earthlink.net: could you please let me know what is your position/title with earthlink?

    WAY – LAST NIGHT I NEVER GOT THE TRANSCRIPT BY EMAIL. SO TODAY I AM COPYING IT AS WE GO.
    myemail@earthlink.net: AND I INTEND TO POST IT IN SOME CHAT BOARDS DISCUSSING INVESTMENT AND STOCK ANALYSIS FOR EARTHLINK
    myemail@earthlink.net: AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE BASIC PROBLEM OF EARTHLINK IN MANAGING ITS BUSINESS IN TRANSITION FROM DIALUP TO OTHER SERVICES
    Dave A: Robert has sent you the transcript by email, please check that
    myemail@earthlink.net: thanks
    myemail@earthlink.net: how about my basic question: what is considered at earthlink a reasonable time to fix a problem like mine – I lost my phone line connection and my ADSL internet connection
    myemail@earthlink.net: I can also phrase it differently – what is considered at Earthlink as the minimum reasonsble standard – what is the longest time a customer may wait to get the phone service and ADSL service restored.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I am not asking for an exact time in hours and minutes
    myemail@earthlink.net: something on the order of days, weeks, months would be satisfactory
    myemail@earthlink.net: I cannot imagine a service center operating without any such standards to guide its management
    Dave A: The issue should be resolved in 48 hours.
    myemail@earthlink.net: YOU CANNOT SERIOUSLY BELIEVE THAT
    Dave A: I will re escalate the issue from my end.
    myemail@earthlink.net: LAST MONTH I HAD A SIMPLER PROBLEM – MY PHONE LINE WAS WORKING, BUT MY ADSL WAS NOT, AND IT TOOK ABOUT A MONTH TO FIX
    myemail@earthlink.net: THE CURRENT PROBLEM IS MORE SERIOU.
    myemail@earthlink.net: WOULD YOU TAKE A BET ON $200 THAT IT WOULD NOT BE FIXED IN 24 HOURS? I FIRST REPORTED IT ABOUT 10 HOURS AGO, SO YOU HAVE 14 HOURS LEFT.
    myemail@earthlink.net: ROBERT SAID THAT THEY WILL NOT EVEN SCHEDULE THE PROBLEM IN 24-72 HOURS
    Dave A: There was some issue with the previous escalation, I sincerely apologize for it.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I AM JUST PROVIDING YOU THE INFORMATION SO ThAT YOU TAKE AN INFORMED BET
    myemail@earthlink.net: ARE YOU TAKING THE $200 BET?
    Dave A: I will escalate the issue again from my end and make sure that the issue is resolved in next 24 to 48 hours.
    myemail@earthlink.net: OR WOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR STATEMENT ON THe TIME FRAME TO FIX THiS PROBLEM?
    myemail@earthlink.net: COULD YOU PLEASE TRANSFER ME TO YOUR SUPERVISOR? I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARER GIVING ME TRUE AND SINCERE INFORMATION.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT MY PROBLEM WILL BE FIXED IN 24-48 HOURS, AND I FIND IT OFFENSIVE THAT I AM MADE TO SPEND HOURS ON THiS CHAT LINE AND PHONE LINES, GETTING DELIBERATELY MISLEADING INFORMATION FROM SUPERVISOR LEVEL EMPLOYEES AT EARTHLINK.
    Dave A: I assure you the issue will be resolved soon.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I ALSO REQUEST THAT THIS CHAT BE EMAILED TO ME AS SOON AS WE FINISH OUR DISCUSSION
    myemail@earthlink.net: RESOLVED SOON IS NO STANDRAD OF SERVICE.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I REQUESTED TO SPEAK WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR
    Dave A: Sure, I will email the chat transcript to you.
    myemail@earthlink.net: THANK YOU FOR HELPING WITH THAT
    myemail@earthlink.net: HOW ABOUT MY REQUEST TO SPEAK WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR?
    Dave A: I am sorry but my supervisor is not available right now.
    myemail@earthlink.net: COULD YOU PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR YOU AND YOUR SUPERVISOR, SO THAT I MAY EMAIL YOU MAY REQUESTS?
    Dave A: Sure I will provide you with the email address.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I am requesting an email address for someone higher than you in the management of the service center
    myemail@earthlink.net: OF COURSE I CAN EMAIL THE WHOLE TRANCRIPT TO INVESTMENT RELATIONS AT EARTHLINK, SEE HOW THEY WILL RESPOND
    myemail@earthlink.net: I ALSO REQUEST THAT THIS CHAT BE EMAILED TO ME AS SOON AS WE FINISH OUR DISCUSSION
    myemail@earthlink.net: RESOLVED SOON IS NO STANDRAD OF SERVICE.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I REQUESTED TO SPEAK WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR
    Dave A: Sure, I will email the chat transcript to you.
    myemail@earthlink.net: THANK YOU FOR HELPING WITH THAT
    myemail@earthlink.net: HOW ABOUT MY REQUEST TO SPEAK WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR?
    Dave A: I am sorry but my supervisor is not available right now.
    myemail@earthlink.net: COULD YOU PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR YOU AND YOUR SUPERVISOR, SO THAT I MAY EMAIL YOU MAY REQUESTS?
    Dave A: Sure I will provide you with the email address.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I am requesting an email address for someone higher than you in the management of the service center
    myemail@earthlink.net: OF COURSE I CAN EMAIL THE WHOLE TRANCRIPT TO INVESTMENT RELATIONS AT EARTHLINK, SEE HOW THEY WILL RESPOND
    myemail@earthlink.net: still there?
    myemail@earthlink.net: lost you???
    myemail@earthlink.net: hello???
    Dave A: You can contact my supervisor at: saurabhpa@corp.earthlink.net
    myemail@earthlink.net: Thanks
    myemail@earthlink.net: I am John doe, and I am a customer at earthlink. Could you please let me know the position/title of the person holding the email account you just gave me?
    Dave A: He is manager for our Department.
    myemail@earthlink.net: what is the name of the department please?
    Dave A: Technical Support Deparmtnet.
    myemail@earthlink.net: I assume this is not the Global Earthlink Tech support Department, but some regional department. Could you please specify the complete name of the department? for example, Technical support department, Earhtlink Center, Philipines.
    myemail@earthlink.net: also, it would be helpful if you gave me some way to address this person – Mr or Ms and either or both first and last name
    Dave A: EarthLink Technical Support Department India.
    myemail@earthlink.net: And the way to address this person?
    myemail@earthlink.net: I assume this is not the Global Earthlink Tech support Department, but some regional department. Could you please specify the complete name of the department? for example, Technical support department, Earhtlink Center, Philipines.
    myemail@earthlink.net: also, it would be helpful if you gave me some way to address this person – Mr or Ms and either or both first and last name
    Dave A: EarthLink Technical Support Department India.
    myemail@earthlink.net: And the way to address this person?
    myemail@earthlink.net: Sir? Madam? Any polite identification?
    Dave A: You can address him as Manager Technical Support Department.
    myemail@earthlink.net: Does he/she have a gender, so I may start by Dear Sir, or Dear Madam?
    Dave A: You can address him as Dear Sir.
    myemail@earthlink.net: Thank you very much, and I would expect the transcrip by email.
    myemail@earthlink.net: bye
    Dave A: Sure, I will email it right now.
    Dave A: You’re welcome and thank you for using EarthLink LiveChat. Should you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us again.

    THIS CHAT TOOK OVER ONE HOUR, AND WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED WAS RECEIVING THE TICKET NUMBER THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE EmAILED TO ME AFTER THE LENGTHY CHAT LAST NIGHT. NOTHING ELSE. STILL NO IDEA IF AND WHEN MY PHONE AND INTERNET CONNECTION WILL BE RESTORED.

  4. bob mullloney Wednesday, March 7, 2007

    John doe ( Dec.28, 2006 ), you are really, really lucky. My DSL service has been down for ( believe it or not ) 7 weeks. Why I keep trying, I don’t know. Every dept. just keeps passing the buck. I think it is just a simple connection problem, but to get thru to anyone who will try to solve it is impossible. DON’T go earthlink ( earthfink would be a better name ).

  5. Frank Sciarra Friday, August 15, 2008

    I tried to resolve my e-mail problem through the Chat Window. Tried two or three times to no avail. So now I tre=ied to get a phone number…forget it!!!! I can find Gold quicker than your phone #!!!!! I need tha Center Support phone # to correct my e-mail problem. HELP!!!!

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