Happy New Year! And… You are Fired!

Did I say that the last post about Myngle would be my last post? Well, resolutions, shmesolutions.

On New Year’s Eve at 4pm I received a “personal” email from Myngle, telling me that I was a bad, bad teacher and that therefore I am now moved to the waiting list. This also includes a ban from the Myngle Ning network as I just noticed and therefore most likely prevents me from gathering any information from inside “Myngleland”.

It looks like the parrot wanted to be sure that I can hold my promise this time.

Here is the heart warming email that I and I suppose some other teachers received on December 31st.

Dear Kirsten,

I hope all is well.

You have not been active on Myngle as a teacher for over a year. Although you did have students in the past, you did not continue with them, or actively recruit new ones by joining any of our promotions or offering a FMYT to help new students book lessons with you.

At the moment we have many active teachers who are trying hard to promote themselves to get more students. They are participating in our marketing promotions, offering trials, working together with us to facilitate their first contacts with students. Myngle is working hard to help teachers that are truly committed to becoming successful.

As we want to give active teachers a fair chance to make more money, all teachers who have not been active for long (while being active in the past) are going to be put on the waiting list.

We hope you understand the reasons for our decision. We are constantly bringing students to our platform but unfortunately not joining any of our marketing promotions (even those that do not require teachers to offer free classes) will make it difficult for us to help you gain new students.

We would like to wish you the best of luck teaching, and we hope to be able to see you active again in the near future. We believe you are a true asset where ever you are.

All the best,

Myngle Education Team

First of all, thank you for this generic email. I love receiving automated messages, especially from people I know personally, Hala. Secondly, sending out such a mail on New Year’s Eve without even wishing the teacher a happy New Year shows really some style and a unique corporate culture. I salute you, at least Yahoo gave out some pink slips on the way out.

If I am (was) a true asset to Myngle, and giving nearly 800 lessons is not that bad, then why don’t you try to convince me instead of letting me walk the plank? Shouldn’t you ask yourself why I stopped teaching / recruiting on your platform and hey, is recruiting not your job, the job I pay 18%, sorry, 35% commission for? Moreover, your promotions and the meet your teacher offer have always been described as optional or did I miss something? Thus, starting your argument from that angle is standing on very weak legs. I know that I’m a very talented teacher although up to now I hadn’t realized that my pure presence on your platform hindered other teachers from making (some more) money. Well, this email is full of hidden treasures as it gives me opportunity to learn so much more. Remaining Myngle teachers, I count on your help in providing me with feedback and numbers on how much your income will increase over the coming weeks as I will not be there anymore holding you back from your well deserved earnings!

And just to get the facts straight: Myngle did not succeed in providing me with students based on my preferences, price and availability. Therefore your service failed, not the teacher.

So, I guess, that’s it. As I am not able to connect to the Myngle Ning anymore, I am pretty sure I won’t receive Myngle’s newsletter either. Well, if you have something you would like me to write about, you can always contact me via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or in the comments of this blog.

Sweet memories...

...long time ago.

It was a great time and I really had lots of fun working with you and then later on writing about you. I wish the Myngle team and the remaining teachers on the platform the best of luck.¬†Otherwise, let me leave you with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird.

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now
‘Cause there’s too many places
I’ve got to see

But, if I stayed here with you, girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird, you’ll can not change
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And the bird you cannot change
And this bird you cannot change
Lord knows, I can’t change
Bye, bye, baby it’s been a sweet love

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gmachlan Louis George Machlan

    If and when you can show that you have truly learned your lesson, we may be interested in you at The Edupunk. But, we prefer non-credentialed teachers. Are you willing to burn your Myngle certifications? And while Myngle could be fun, it wasn't really, was it? There will be a fun test for acceptance in the Edupunk. Or an oral tickle fight which should show us your mettle. Or, if you have money… we will take money in lieu of any of the above.

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Oh, personally I had lots of fun, after I stopped foaming in my mouth from the latest insanity ;).

      • CHRIS

        Remember the sexy teacher discussion?

        • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

          Oh yeah, this was great! Or student poaching :)

          • Anon

            Toilet Man3?!?

  • CHRIS

    Hi Kirsten! They've banned me too! I do agree – a most extraordianary email. Factually wrong in parts in my case, and not very well argued. Of course, it's up to the owners of a site to decide who's allowed on it. Coincidentally, just a few hours before Hala's charming message landed in the inbox I received this one:

    User baby11 send you this message:

    NICE TO MEET YOU
    my name is grace.
    i will like to know you more i can send you my picture and my detail's I am waiting for your mail to my email address above. please don't chat me here just send me mail and i will get back to you with love.
    here is my privet e-mail' (supplied)
    The best wishes,
    The Myngle-team

    Baby11 has yet to be banned!
    Would do you notice about the use of the verb “send” in the first line of the message?

    Now that you've been kicked overboard you might find yourself in a position to be more objective in your assessments of certain websites. What, for example, does “All teachers displayed have passed Myngle strict selection and training program” mean?

    Keep up the good work!

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Was only a question of time. I was surprised that they kept me on board for such a long time. Guys like China Mike had to go earlier.

      I think this was a good time for Myngle to make a clean cut and get rid of the brownfields ;).

      • chinamike

        Actually, I want to thank Myngle for letting me on, then throwing me off their wayward ship!

        • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

          If you are on board, you have to row. Otherwise you sleep with the fishes ;)

    • chinamike

      Chris,

      Join the crowd. I'd hate to be in Myngle right now wondering who I should not offend or who or what I should not be critical of.

      Happy New Year All!

  • Stefan Richtr

    Wow that's what I'd call an epic fail. What a way to alienate users…

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Just one in an ongoing series :). And well, the people who received this email aren't users anymore, so…

  • chinamike

    Kirsten,

    I'm trying to parse this letter and here is what I think it means:

    We want you if you are willing to offer free lessons or cut rate prices (at the beginning, the middle or the end of your time with us.)

    Moreover, we will penalize you if you only attract short term students so if you are with us and actually want to make a living then figure out a way to get students to sign up long term.

    (But don't expect us to guarantee the students that their money is secure because our investors, who are finally forcing us to become profitable, aren't interested)

    In terms of the old teachers, they are collecting dust and crowding out space on our servers, not to mention they have the temerity to be critical. We need to make room for new 1s and 0s.

    Finally as you see we are not the Myngle of old, although our letters still don't say what we are thinking (and so have to be parsed) at least we are writing in correct English.

    P.S.- We hope our highest earning teachers who are responsible for half of our business are too busy on the holidays with friends and family to be bothered by this message.

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Don't you just love it? ;)

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  • Jamie Dick-Cleland

    haha

    nice post Kirsten, you're journalism has come on massively in the last 6 months, congratulations

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      As I said, I have a diploma from the Michael Arrington School of Journalism ;)

  • Anne

    Wow.. speechless. Miss you guys, Kirsten and Mike.

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Hey, we are not dead ;) And you know where to find us, don’t you?