March 20th, 2008

book cover humor

I'm in.

Okay, screw it: I'm participating in the boycott. Not because the company's doing away with new basic accounts, but from the sneaky way it was done and the crappy attitude they're taking toward their customers. Read on:

The short version:

"Because any person can create several hundred fake LJ accounts, comment in them that on the 21st of march I will be silent in protest. Then you journalists can quote those fake users and list the names of those that were silent that day. And add a cute catchprase like "that's just the top of the iceberg"

"Where will you find such idiots that will call serious companies? It's one thing - to call a newspaper in hope that they will give you 15 minutes of fame on their page. But a proper firm? The first thing you'll get asked is "so who exactly are you trying to reach? What is this about and why the hell should we care?"

I do not like to be thought of as stupid. It makes me angry.

Thanks to elizalavelle for pointing this out to me, and changing my mind. In no way am I leaving LJ, which I still believe is a heck of a bargain and a great place to be (unless they're plotting still something else I don't know about), but I'm also over here on InsaneJournal:

Edit for something I wrote in response to a post by vichan:

Maybe they should hire a press secretary?

I agree, the boycott won't make a bit of difference, and I say that even though I'm participating. In addition, I don't have a problem with many of the business decisions they've made -- my problem is with the crappy way they're instituting them, which translates into treating the customers badly, which is in fact bad for business.

But the guy did make a telling point: Business is booming. They're a business; if their actions don't hurt the bottom line, what do they care? I'm not removing my account, after all.

Vichan for Advisory Board! I'd vote for her; her response to all this was wise and reasoned. :-)
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