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  1. Posted on May 15, 2007

    Views: 1,191

    Introducing Tanga Times!

    Welcome to the first edition of Tanga Times, a daily bit of communication between us Tanga folks and our users. One or more of us will get things started every evening at 19:05 PST. We’ll post news, ideas, questions, riddles, links to cool things, etc. It will be another way to check in on Tanga if you don’t feel like straining your brain on a puzzle or buying an umbrella mp3 player.

    Tanga Times is a blog so of course we expect conversations to take place. There will be occasional contests announced only in Tanga Times, so keep checking it out if you don’t want to miss out.

    So here goes.

    Diet tip: If you can find potato chips that have 40% less fat, eat two bags, thus consuming 80% less fat.

    Here’s a link to a fun art toy somewhat reminiscent of a zefrank creation:

    fun art toy

    Click the mouse to change colors!

    Here’s a pun guess. We’re thinking of a punny title for the official Cheerios cookbook. Hint: replace the first of two French words with an English word.

    First to post the title we’re thinking of in this blog will get 5 Tanga Points.

    Thanks for reading the first ever edition of Tanga Times!

    Regards,
    TangaMonkey


  2. Posted on May 9, 2007

    Views: 1,095

    Spring 2007 Puzzlethon winners!

    Congrats to the spring 2007 Puzzlethon winnners!

    These 20 winners were chosen randomly from among the top solvers. They all win $10 of Tanga credit.

    Thanks to everyone who participated!

    Aaron Hopp
    Henry Chi
    Russell McElroy
    Kristin Bollinger
    Daniel Sarasio Meyer
    Chris Velayo
    Yves Lu
    Michelle Mims
    Thomas Royer
    Kristian Jaech
    Matt Luna
    Rich Lienemann
    Jennifer Bedner
    Sean Prescott
    Shannon Bryan
    David Trent
    KC Moffatt
    Peggy Bates
    Stacy Paylor
    Nick Baxter


  3. Posted on May 1, 2007

    Views: 1,561

    Tangathon Update

    I think we’ll do a Tangathon tonight.

    If you look at your automatic notification preference page (found in your My Account page), you’ll see that there’s two new options for receiving automatic updates during a Tangathon.

    We know that not everyone wants to receive an email and sms message during a tangathon, so if you do want to receive an email or sms for each product in a Tangathon, check the Tangathon boxes.


  4. Posted on Apr 23, 2007

    Views: 1,257

    Puzzlethon rescheduled

    Due to comments by several users, we have decided to reschedule the puzzlethon to make it fall on a weekend. It will start on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm pacific and go for 48 hours. Plenty of time to schedule those puzzlethon parties now!


  5. Posted on Apr 12, 2007

    Views: 1,226

    We're Hiring!

    Do you want to work for Tanga? Do you enjoy Turkish prisons and old Gladiator movies? Then we’re the right place to plant your behind for 8 or so hours a day!

    Tanga is looking for a product procurement and sourcing specialist to help manage finding cool electronics, gadgets, games and toys to sell on Tanga. Hundreds of thousands of dedicated Tanganites will worship your name as incredible product after incredible product (followed by a crappy product) hits our web site every night at 8:00. And you can be the guy or gal that makes it all happen.

    Responsibilities:

    • Contacting and maintaining relationships with all of our vendors
    • Finding products to sell on Tanga
    • Cold calling potential vendors and making them love us
    • Negotiating terms, prices
    • Rubbing TangaJoe’s smelly feet

    Requirements:

    • Must know how to navigate a computer and the internet better than Al Sharpton at a media event
    • College degree
    • 3-5 years worth of work experience
    • Must love working on the phone and working with people
    • Some travel to trade shows and relationship building meetings will be necessary
    • Have a positive attitude and be willing to wear multiple hats (and do different jobs) and be open to change

    Relocation benefits are not available.
    Job is located in the Souther Utah area (perfect for you Vegas Tanganites who want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Sin City!)

    Please send resume to jeremy at tanga dot com along with a cover letter about why you would like to work with Tanga!


  6. Posted on Apr 8, 2007

    Views: 1,079

    Daily puzzle improvements!

    Tanga Joe has been at work of late improving our system for publishing daily puzzles. Here is what is different so far:

    1) Puzzle creators are now credited (by user name now, instead of real name) right on the page with the puzzle.

    2) Tanga points are automatically awarded to creators as soon as their puzzle has been published.

    3) There is now an answer field on the puzzle submission page so I can’t screw up by typing in the wrong answer.

    4) I am not changing the file names of puzzles now, so MAKE SURE your answer is not included in the file name!

    5) The whole process of editing and publishing is much quicker and easier for me now, so I will have more time to review puzzles and communicate with puzzle creators.

    More improvements and new features will be coming soon.

    If you have submitted one or more puzzles and they have not appeared, now is a good time to bug me. I’ll get back to you and either publish the puzzles or work with you to make changes to them.

    If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our object jigsaw project. It’s going to be a blast. We need more doo-dads!

    Happy Easter, Aaron.


  7. Posted on Apr 4, 2007

    Views: 1,017

    Auction for Deluxe Six-Piece Knife Set

    Cut, chop and slice like the pros with these deluxe stainless steel knife sets. Knives feature high-impact synthetic handles that are comfortable to hold and more durable and sanitary than wood.

    The knives have a strong, long-lasting blade that will hold its edge and maintain its shape. Includes the deluxe wooden storage knife block.

    The Kit Contains:

    • Chef’s Knife (13.4 inch)
    • Bread Knife (13.2 inch)
    • Carving Knife (13.2 inch)
    • Utility Knife (8.8 inch)
    • Paring Knife (7.5 inch)
    • Wooden Storing Block

    View the auction


  8. Posted on Apr 2, 2007

    Views: 1,761

    Introducing Tanga Rewards!

    Hello Tanganites,

    Tonight we are rolling out (in beta) our new program called Tanga Rewards. We have worked hard on this program and hope you all enjoy it. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome and will help us improve our program and work out the bugs. We have received a few items of feedback that we have already implemented!

    Tanga Rewards is a program that allows you to have the opportunity to invite your friends, family coworkers, buddies and enemies to come and create an account at Tanga. When they sign up with Tanga from your referral, they become part of your group! When any member of your group purchases from Tanga, you will receive Tanga Rewards in the form of a 1% discount credit towards your next purchase at Tanga. Invite enough people to your group and it’s possible to earn free Tanga product. That’s cooler than a liger!

    We have tried to make the process of inviting people to Tanga as easy as possible. One way is to use our handy email form where we will send an email to those who you invite, asking them to come and create an account and check out the daily deals at Tanga. The other way is to copy the Javascript code and place Tanga ads on your web site or blog. When a person clicks on those ads and creates an account at Tanga, they will automatically become part of your group. All of these features are found in your My Account page after you sign into Tanga. Just scroll down until you find it!

    When you grow your group, you grow Tanga. When Tanga grows, you allow us to purchase better product, at larger quantities and lower prices. This helps us bring you more of what you want at even better prices than what we are currently offering you. It also allows us to give back to our users who have helped us build this fun company. Thank you…we owe it all to you guys and gals!


  9. Posted on Mar 31, 2007

    Views: 1,179

    Daily Fun Improvements Coming

    Hi all,

    I’ve been working on some improvements to the Daily Fun system that will be rolled out over the next few days.

    While you’re patiently waiting, if you have old/bad/duplicate puzzle submissions, you can now delete them if you’d like. Go to My Account, click on “View your submitted puzzles”, click on the view submission link, and click the big delete button on the bottom of the page. That will help us a little bit.

    Thanks!


  10. Posted on Mar 30, 2007

    Views: 1,361

    Automatic Emails and SMS

    Hi,

    If you haven’t been getting your automatic email and SMS messages and you’re signed up to get them, could you check to see if you receive them tonight? If you could leave a comment here if you did or didn’t receive your email/sms, that would be awesome.

    Thank you. I love you all.


  11. Posted on Mar 28, 2007

    Views: 1,874

    Let's make a puzzle together!

    This is the final picture for the jigsaw. It is composed entirely of objects sent in by Tanga users. It started with a whittled heart made by Aaron.

    We will offer the puzzle for sale soon as our deal of the day.

    Thanks to everyone who sent objects. It’s been a blast playing with them for the last few months.


  12. Posted on Mar 26, 2007

    Views: 1,231

    New News/Blog Layout

    Hi all,

    We’ve split up the News/Blog page into a few different sections, hopefully it makes it easier for you all to use.

    In the near future, everyone will be able to start their own topic/blog post.


  13. Posted on Mar 21, 2007

    Views: 1,197

    Tanga Twitters

    Hi all,

    You can follow Tanga at http://www.twitter.com/tanga.

    Enjoy!


  14. Posted on Mar 14, 2007

    Views: 1,178

    Auction for Relationship Tightrope

    What were they thinking? That’s the question that millions of gamers around the world said when they first saw the announcement that Uberplay would be naming the incredible “Tightrope” game by Reiner Knizia, Relationship Tightrope!

    “What’s a relationship?!” the gamers cried in unison!

    “What’s this female – male thingy?!” some others yelled!

    “The last time I got this close to a female is when I was born!” screamed one crazy gamer in his mid-40s, still living at home in his parent’s basement.

    I know, Uberplay made a stupid mistake producing a game with the theme about what women do to annoy men and what men do to annoy women. But hey, their stupid mistakes is your gain! Tightrope is considered one of the best fillers you can buy today and it’s going out of print. This little card game with cool wooden “sticks” has just enough strategy to make it interesting, a little bluffing to make it fun and a pinch of luck – just because. This game makes a great Christmas gift and it’s a perfect game to play with friends and family.e

    Auction Details: You can bid up to the number of Tanga Points you have available. There are 50 games available. The lowest winning bid is what all the winners pay. You can only bid one time so bid carefully. This auction will run for 48 hours.

    What are you waiting for? Go bid on it!


  15. Posted on Mar 13, 2007

    Views: 2,450

    Tangagrams!

    Hi everybody,

    If you look at your ‘My Account’ page, you’ll notice that you can send us a Tangagram. Tangagrams let you start a communication with Tanga. If you have comments, suggestions, problems, dreams, propositions, or funny pictures of cats, you can send us a Tangagram and we’ll get right back to you.

    It’s a brand new feature and likely still has some quirks. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, you can always send us a Tangagram about it.

    Next on the TangaJoe agenda: Paypal, ways for you to get Tanga stuff cheaper than anyone else, more games, and a better puzzle/game submission process.


  16. Posted on Feb 15, 2007

    Views: 792

    Kid Smart Vocal Detector Auction Is Almost Over - BID NOW!

    If you are interested, check out our Auction that ends tonight at 7:00 p.m. PST. Bid now!


  17. Posted on Feb 8, 2007

    Views: 1,531

    And Ze winner is....

    Congratulations to Beth Fenton from Ohio!

    Beth was among the many who solved all 14 Ze puzzles.

    Beth will be going to New York and meeting with Ze.

    We hope she will report back to us after her trip!

    Thanks to everyone for participating and thanks to Ze for letting us play with his toys.

    Keep an eye on Tanga for more excuses not to clean your room.


  18. Posted on Feb 7, 2007

    Views: 2,163

    Help Wanted: Tanga Needs Improvements!

    Hi there, Tanga People.

    All of the people involved in making Tanga a cool place are going to be living in a tiny, secluded, undisclosed location for most of next week, similar to what happened here.

    During that time, we’re going to be discussing ways we can make Tanga better, more entertaining and way cooler. So, here’s your chance to contribute feedback. Got any ideas on how to make Tanga better? How do we suck? How do we rule? How can we rule more? Please, be brutal and honest. At the end of this blog entry, I’ve listed some sample comments that you guys and gals can use for inspiration.

    Keep in mind that ideas that would help Tanga grow and become a more successful business are appreciated the most—the more users who sign up and the more products we can sell, the better deals we can give you all, the lower shipping fees become, and the more resources we’ll have to put towards puzzles and games and other Daily Fun items. Also, yours truly is coming aboard the Tanga train full-time, so this new stuff should happen at a much faster rate.

    It should be worth noting that (I hope) I fixed the few problems Tanga’s had with the checkout screen and duplicate authorizations. So, I guess you can complain about checkout problems if you really want to, but they’ve (again, hopefully) already been fixed.

    We’ve got really cool things planned in the near future! Again, if you have ideas for how we can improve, please comment here. And feel free to comment on the “example” problems as well.

    With adoration,
    Tanga Joe

    P.S. Have you guys seen the recent Ze Frank show? That guy rules!


    “Example” problems with Tanga:


    • When checking out, the error messages are terrible

    • Errors aren’t formatted consistently across the site

    • On each blog page for a puzzle, you guys should show a thumbnail of the puzzle

    • You guys should show the last few orders directly on the My Account page

    • Why do sometimes you say an order is shipped and then it doesn’t actually go anywhere for days? That sucks!

    • It would be neat to click on a user and see the puzzles that the person has had on Tanga

    • Users should have a public profile page

    • I sometimes have problems logging in, I think this is because I entered my email address in as “Joe@tanga.com”, but I’m trying to login as “joe@tanga.com”. Both of those should work, darn it.

    • I want to be able to edit a puzzle that I submitted

    • If I win some stuff in a contest, I’d like to be able to see the shipping status of my incoming package

    • The whole blog page sucks and is hard to navigate. For example, here’s how it could be improved…

    • Blog entries with 500+ comments are hard to read. You should break up the comments into 100 comments per page.

    • When I edit something on my account page, if I don’t type in my password correctly or I forget to type it in, I have to re-edit all my changes.

    • I want to use Paypal to pay for something

    • I want to be able to enter in a few different addresses and be able to choose from them when ordering something

    • I want to be able to send a package to a friend with a note inside.

    • If I make a mistake when typing in an address (i.e. my state and zip code don’t match up), Tanga doesn’t tell me about it.

    • If my puzzle is chosen for a day, I sometimes don’t get my Tanga Points until much later.

    • I want to use my Tanga Points more often!!! Create more things I can use my Tanga Points for!

    • I’d buy more things if shipping costs were lower.

    • Each puzzle page should mention the creator of the puzzle.

    • I sometimes have problems unsubscribing from text messages and email notifications. THAT SUCKS DUDE

    • I’d like to be able to communicate with Tanga people about my problems/ideas via my account page, instead of having to resort to email.

    • Fonts are used inconsistently across the application. For example…

    • I want Tanga Gift Cards!

    • Comments should be threaded! (thoughts?)


  19. Posted on Feb 2, 2007

    Views: 1,313

    Geek Gold Auction

    Discuss the Geek Gold Auction that tooks place on 2/1/07 here.


  20. Posted on Jan 22, 2007

    Views: 1,254

    Puzzlethon winners!

    More than 100 people managed to solve all 24 puzzles in the first user-created puzzlethon. From among these, the following 5 were randomly chosen to be prize winners.

    amberdee gets One Snowglobe with one copy of Hollywood Blockbuster.

    enik gets 1 copy of Sunken City

    Virnas gets 1 copy of Ra

    hibikir gets 1 copy of Double or Nothing

    mundane gets 1 copy of Tongiaki

    In addition, the following 50 randomly selected people (these include the above 5) will all get 25 Tanga Points. (20 points have been awarded already, with five to be added once Joe gets the email I just sent him describing the difference between a zero and a five)

    amberdee

    enik

    Virnas

    hibikir

    mundane

    rjl

    petejohnst

    Jake

    jeffie51

    Chachito

    rynelf

    Erich

    TheOneEye

    knockbejeezus

    jmdeng

    workerbee

    Morgan

    Josh

    abb4life

    rudolfrassen

    mnemonica

    aarons

    mishy

    sevy

    CellBlock

    quadrango

    ericb737

    Belle

    dsmeyer

    tannim

    SilverSabre25

    Dalan

    mluna99

    wutd4h311

    bradman

    Red99

    nickb

    aperson

    renunciate06

    randrews

    obisbo99

    bleirrot

    buffyaddict

    oilslider

    bigdaddytr

    kswitz

    SCTrueGent

    Zot

    barneshome

    amcbeth


  21. Posted on Jan 17, 2007

    Views: 1,176

    Tanga Point Auction #3 - Saga the Game

    Click here to view the auction and bid!

    Hello all you Tangaites! Our next Tanga Point Auction starts this evening at 7:00 p.m. PST. To bid, just go to the auction page, that will be linked off of the home page of Tanga.com, login to your account and make a bid. You will only be allowed to bid up to the amount of TP that you currently hold. You are only allowed to make ONE bid so please bid carefully. You will not be able to change your bid once you have entered the bid amount. You will also not be able to see the other competiting bids as this is a blind bidding auction.

    To see how many TP you currently have in your account, login and check out the My Account tab.

    If you win, you will pay the amount of Tanga Points equal to the lowest winning bid plus any applicable shipping and handling charges. So if 30 people win, they all pay the lowest winning bid for the product! Ties will be broken by time of bid placement.

    Auctions run for only 24 hours and will start at the same Tanga time of 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. After the 24 hours is up, the winners will be posted and also notified by email. Auction winners will be required to pay shipping. If there are any other charges associated with winning an auction, it will be posted on the auction product page.

    In order for you to plan your auction strategies accordingly, we have decided to let you know several weeks in advance what the next auctions will be:

    January 17th – 50 copies of Saga the game

    January 31st – 100 GeekGold Gift Packages of 50 GeekGold (for use on www.boardgamegeek.com)

    February 14th – 8 Vocal Fire Detectors

    February 28th – 50 copies of Lucky Loop (German) w/downloadable English rules

    Many of you have asked how you get Tanga Points. The following is a list of ways:

    Purchase a Tanga: 5 points
    Be the first to purchase a Tanga: 10 points
    Be the one to purchase the last Tanga available: 10 points
    Participate in Daily Fun: 1-4 points

    Thank you for your support of Tanga and we hope you enjoy the auctions!

    Click here to view the auction and bid!


  22. Posted on Jan 6, 2007

    Views: 2,462

    Puzzle Makers Discussion

    We’ll be using this blog to communicate about user-created puzzles.

    Our experiment in using user-submitted puzzles for the Daily Fun page is continuing.

    Puzzles must be 500 by 500 pixel images. The answer must be one word. Proper nouns are ok.

    We will award 20 Tanga Points to the creator for each puzzle that we use.

    Please note that the puzzle titles that you submit will not be displayed.

    NEWS FLASH!
    You can now view and edit your submitted puzzles on your account page. Thanks joe!

    Click here to submit a puzzle to Tanga!


  23. Posted on Jan 6, 2007

    Views: 3,557

    Updated Refund Policy

    Hello fellow Tanga visitors! We have updated the Return / Refund policy. It can be found on the “Who is Tanga” page. However, to save you the trouble of going there, here it is…

    Our business model is to offer the best prices on everything we sell, every night. We don’t make large profits, so we can’t offer returns for reasons other than defects or shipping damage. If your product is defective, or damaged in shipment, we will pay for return shipping and issue a prompt refund, or a replacement if one is available. Your choice!


  24. Posted on Jan 3, 2007

    Views: 1,168

    New and Improved Blog Page!

    How about that? The main blog page is no longer 1000 pages long…

    it’s the little things


  25. Posted on Jan 3, 2007

    Views: 1,289

    Tanga Point Auction #2

    Update: The auction has ended. Congratulate the winners!

    Hello all you Tangaites! Our next Tanga Point Auction starts this evening at 7:00 p.m. PST. Every person who has Tanga Points is eligible to participate in the auction. To bid, just go to the auction page, that will be linked off of the home page of Tanga.com, login to your account and make a bid. You will only be allowed to bid up to the amount of TP that you currently hold. You are only allowed to make ONE bid so please bid carefully. You will not be able to change your bid once you have entered the bid amount. You will also not be able to see the other competiting bids as this is a blind bidding auction.

    If you win, you will pay the amount of Tanga Points equal to the lowest winning bid plus any applicable shipping and handling charges. So if 30 people win, they all pay the lowest winning bid for the product! Ties will be broken by time of bid placement.

    Auctions run for only 24 hours and will start at the same Tanga time of 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. After the 24 hours is up, the winners will be posted and also notified by email. Auction winners will be required to pay shipping. If there are any other charges associated with winning an auction, it will be posted on the auction product page.

    In order for you to plan your auction strategies accordingly, we have decided to let you know several weeks in advance what the next auctions will be:

    January 3rd – 15 Linksys Wireless Music Systems WMLS11B
    January 17th – 50 copies of Saga the game
    January 31st – 100 GeekGold Gift Packages of 50 GeekGold (for use on www.boardgamegeek.com)
    February 14th – 8 Vocal Fire Detectors

    Many of you have asked how you get Tanga Points. The following is a list of ways:

    Purchase a Tanga: 5 points
    Be the first to purchase a Tanga: 10 points
    Be the one to purchase the last Tanga available: 10 points
    Participate in Daily Fun: 1-4 points

    Thank you for your support of Tanga and we hope you enjoy the auctions!


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