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Vol. 1, No. 5
Thursday, November 17, 2022
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Celebrate Neatvember on the international hit podcast Hemispheric Views

Neatnik founder, CEO, and sole employee Adam Newbold was honored to be a recent guest on the Hemispheric Views podcast! And he was equally honored to celebrate Neatvember with Martin, Andrew, and Jason—the nicest folks in all of Podcastdom.

Listen to Adam chat about omg.lol:


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Vol. 1, No. 4
Sunday, October 30, 2022
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omg.lol announces price increase effective January 2023

Neatnik founder, CEO, and sole employee Adam Newbold sent the following email to all omg.lol members on October 30, 2022:

Important information about omg.lol

Hey friend! Did my worrisomely-ambiguous and far-too-serious subject line make you instaclick this email? Well, good. There really is important information here.

Before I go any further and risk burying the lede: The price of all omg.lol addresses will increase from $5/year to $20/year effective January 1, 2023.

I have a lot to say about this, so from here on out this email is going to shift into something like an article (or, dare I say it, an essay). Insert Transformers transformation sound here.

Why the increase?

When I launched omg.lol in 2019, the entire service was just two features: a web page and email forwarding, both on a fun domain. I thought that was worth about $5/year, but right from the start some folks were telling me that I wasn’t charging enough for it. Three and a half years later, the $5 part hasn’t changed, but everything else has—not just the number of features that omg.lol offers, but also my costs to keep the service running.

Running a service that earns far below its potential can be a little demotivating, so it’s time to fix that. Yes, I realize that going from $5 to $20 is a four-fold increase, and that’s a lot when viewed through a purely mathematical lens. But in a broader context, $20/year is still less than what other services with overlapping features charge. But ultimately this isn’t about trying to bring my pricing to parity with someone else’s; it’s about setting the price that I feel is fair for the service.

The value of omg.lol

As a reminder, and since some folks may not have checked things out lately, here’s what you get with an omg.lol address:

  • A domain on the omg.lol eTLD
  • Full control over your domain’s DNS
  • A web page or profile page with super neat editing capabilities (if you haven’t tried out the new Advanced editor, you can give it a spin on the updated home page)
  • Email forwarding to your @omg.lol email address
  • A personal URL shortener / permanent URL service at url.lol
  • A personal Pastebin at paste.lol
  • A fun Statuslog at status.lol
  • Access to our Mastodon instance at social.lol
  • Access to our IRC server at irc.social.lol

There’s plenty to say about each of these features (many have sub-features!) but this list should make the point: there’s a lot here. I know we’re still living in a world where many people would expect everything above to be available for free. Expounding on the problems with advertising-driven or data-resale business models is outside of the scope of this email; I’ll just say that I believe that everything above is worth $20/year.

Hacking the price increase

Price increases suck—there’s really no other way to put it. We’re seeing costs increase all around us every day, and it stings. I’ve tried to make this change as fair as possible by giving everyone generous notice (two full months in advance), and you can still take advantage of the current pricing right up until the new price takes effect on January 1.

Since you can always add as much time to your address as you’d like, you can effectively defer your price increase for as long as you want. In this way, you can totally stick it to the man (that’s me, I’m the man) by ensuring that you don’t wind up paying $20/year until some point in the future. This is great for you, and honestly not as good for me, but it’s totally fair!

The future

omg.lol isn’t going anywhere. I have plans for some cool new features that should be ready by the end of the year, as well as some other fun things for our community. I still don’t really know how to describe or categorize omg.lol as a service, but whatever it is, I’m going to keep on working to make it more fun and special every day.

Thank you

If you’ve read this far, I really appreciate it. (Even if you skimmed, I still appreciate it.) This service is only possible because of awesome people like you who are willing to pay for it, and I really hope that you like it enough to keep paying for it. If you don’t, I totally undertand.

As always, you can reply to this email if you have any questions or want to share any comments. Email is a two-way medium and I’d love to hear your feedback, even if it’s critical.

With love and fun,

— Adam
adam.omg.lol


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Vol. 1, No. 3
Sunday, October 16, 2022
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The omg.lol upgrade is finished!

Neatnik founder, CEO, and sole employee Adam Newbold is happy to report that the omg.lol platform upgrade is complete.

“It’s finally finished! And yet now I have a million new things to do,” he remarked. “But it should all be a bit easier to do, in theory, at least!”

When asked what he’s focusing on next for the service, Adam put on a little hat labeled “Project Manager” and said: “I’ve just set up a project board on GitHub, so everyone can take a peek there to see what’s happening. Also, don’t forget to use the discussions and issues features there—it’ll help me out a lot.”


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Vol. 1, No. 2
Sunday, October 16, 2022
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omg.lol upgrades nearly complete

Neatnik founder, CEO, and sole employee Adam Newbold is up late this evening, taking care of some final items before completing the omg.lol platform upgrade.

“I’m a little tired, but things are going well,” Adam said. “Oh, wait. There’s... ugh, there’s another bug. I’m sorry, can you come back and finish this interview later?”

Adam would not comment further, because he stopped listening to us. We could hear him mumbling about objects and arrays as he tuned us out.


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Sunday, October 2, 2022
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Next version of omg.lol “coming soon,” developer says

Neatnik founder, CEO, and sole employee Adam Newbold recently confirmed—in an interview with himself—that the long-awaited new version of the beloved internet service omg.lol is “coming soon.”

“It’s coming along nicely, and shouldn’t take too much longer to finish up,” Adam said. He sounded distracted, and appeared to be working on the site while talking.

“A couple of people recently pointed out that I said I’d have this done last year,” he continued. “So, yeah. I’m, uh, not the best at estimation. Or time management.”

Adam also provided a lengthy description of his many responsibilities aside from running omg.lol, but it was all kind of boring and we didn’t bother to capture any of it. It totally sounded like a bunch of excuses, anyway.

TL;DR: new omg.lol coming Soon™.

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