Gripe with me for a moment here, please.
My email provider did some updates to the user interface. It’s now more “intuitive” than before, which is a good thing, because I’ve finally figured out where all the buttons got moved to after the last upgrade, so I’m glad they’re freshening it up a bit. SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH. Don’t you ever feel like Kevin Bacon at a frat party?
As soon as your brain gets totally used to the new location of the different features you use, you log in and get a perky little message that things have been streamlined for your convenience. Every time it happens I tell myself that I will be a good sport and just deal with it. Then two seconds later, after I’ve torn out several fistfuls of hair, I swear that I am GETTING A DIVORCE FROM THIS COMPANY, and there it ends. Of course I never leave. Who has the energy to restructure their email routine? But they’re so in-your-face about how little they respect their users. I have a great idea for Google’s next slap in the face product: Google Cycles!
Google can filter all female users’ email and chat messages by keyword to pick out time slots of the most emotionally charged
conversation and block off week-long segments to barrage us with targeted ads for Tampax! Boyfriends and male coworkers could sign up for a monthly reminder service and get little warning emails on the day before, and local chocolatiers can buy timed ad space! Isn’t this a great idea? I mean, I can’t imagine how they could get more intrusive than they are now, so why not?
I know, I know. They all do this. Remember this little bit of awesomeness? It’s just the way it is. The bottom line is, I’d rather have the infrastructure of a large company and tolerate the disrespect, but sometimes I wanna just pull a Ron Swanson:
The corporate rudeness is really exhausting. Am I overreacting? Do you get like this? Does it bug you too? And if so, have you ever actually left a big service provider over corporate disrespect?