January 04, 2012

Carleton University ‘Alumni Today 2011’ Database Disappoints

Received my Carleton Alumni Today 2011 CD database. Looks like I was one of very few in my program suckered into contributing to it, and, ahem, purchasing it. There are only half a dozen entries for my Bachelor of Journalism cohort back in 1985. Sigh.

Lots of folks thought it was a scam when we started receiving emails to participate, and significant $ to purchase the directory. Some thought Google was good enough to find folks.

But it would have been cool to be able to track down 30 or 40 folks that I spent a very intensive year with in my younger days, and haven't seen in decades since, simply by entering a year and program into a limited database.

I don't know how others process memories in their 50s of times 25 years ago, but it's hard for me to Google people in my BJ program because I don't even recall names until they are presented to me. Part of the problem may be that I left Canada for 14 years right after completing the program, so I fell more out of touch than others.

Posted by Paul at January 4, 2012 08:23 PM