Hey Guys - I was directed to this thread by a friend who knew i would be interested being I am the online marketing manager for Opera.
Reading this I agree with most of what is said (especially the new "find on page" – its pretty annoying). Also agree we can do a pretty poor job of marketing. That said we are only a few guys here and a huge chunk of our time is spent getting internal web properties up to date and ready for new releases and doesn't leave time for much external marketing. And even less time to concept ideas. But if you have any thoughts on what we should be doing from a marketing point of view please do let me know. I am truly interested to get the outsiders opinion. Oh and did I mention we have next to no budget...which might constrain some ideas...
But when i read this thread the one thing i felt was unfair is saying Opera doesn't listen as i have never worked in a company that is so receptive to the individual voices of the community - at least in my experience. So many other companies are just about demographics and sample groups. And while we might not hear everyone I know the developers are pretty receptive.
Anyway - I'll look forward to hearing any feedback.