Friday, January 6, 2006

AOL HAS DONE IT AGAIN

Do the AOL editors stay up late thinking up ways to annoy me?  Apparently they do.

JOURNALS EDITOR JOE JUST POSTED AN ENTRY FOR ALL OF US TO SHARE. IT IS BASED ON HIS RESPONSE TO A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED BRANDI, WITH AN AIM JOURNAL, WHO GOT LINKED WITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE:

AIM Today Screencap

Brandi wrote to me and asked:
"I don't have a problem with this, more readers wooohooo. I was just wondering who put it there, and how come I wasn't told about it. I get proud when I see that my journal is featured anywhere but would have loved to have known it was there."
HE SAYS IN PART:
In a culture where linking to other people is encouraged, it becomes less and less feasible, and really, less desireable, to tell people beforehand when they're going to be featured.

Now, of course, when it comes to people's photos and likenesses, we usually still do the whole notification and photo release thing. However, when it comes to a straight link to a blog or Web page, it's pretty much an Internet norm now, where the very existence of a public blog usually implies some sort of willingness to be linked to.


THIS IS WHAT I WROTE IN JOE'S COMMENTS AREA:

Late in 2004, I gave approval to an editor to run my picture, screenname, and a link to my blog in the Women's area. The editor took something I wrote out of context and made me sound like a hooker.

The next thing I know my screename, journal, picture and out of context quote are featured -- without my knowledge -- on the front of the People Connection page. Everytime I log on, I'm suddenly inundated with jerks sending IM's that start out "Hiya Sexy."  

Somewhere in the fine print, if I gave permission for an editor to link to me in one area, that meant another editor could use my name, picture and blog link in their area, too -- WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. Or tellingme. So you've been doing this crap for awhile.

Now you feel free to link without even bothering to tell someone. Then I should have the option of  requesting that you put me on a DO NOT LINK list. Unless I provide a link, you may not link to me.

You are putting women -- way more than men, because female journals outnumber men by about six or even eight to one -- in the unpleasant position of having to deal with a boatload of creeps.

Especially since, based on my experience, you editors are going to make it seem like someone can link to a really hot babe.

Kind of like you just did to BRANDI.  

AOL seems to have a philosophy of turning everything into yet another way to hook up for sex. While maintaining a bizarre TOS standard on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Gimme a break.

Mrs. L

12 comments:

misscarberry said...

What really gets my goat (te he, I love that expression) about AOL at the moment is their new adverts. Claiming that the internet is all about freedom of speech and that there is no such thing as censorship with AOL, yet they have removed my blog twice without due cause. Yeah, freedom of speech as long as they like what you say.
Love Sam xXx
http://beingsamcarberry.blogspot.com

mawmellow said...

you can't be any more specific...but will "they" (aol) get it ?

screaminremo303 said...

Right. Just make sure you don't make the mistake of linking to something AOL themselves have posted (like ArmandT), or face having your entire journal sent to purgatory.

Idiots.

floralilia said...

aolhell combined with aolkatrina - destroying everything and everyone in its path.

as it skips merrily along the way...

and now scalzi has us doing his work for him too.  Pretty nice work, I'd say, if you can get it.

geminiwilder said...

glad you wrote that to him, mrs. l ~~

that would totally piss me off too!
so thank you, on behalf of all of us.

~phinney

belfastcowboy75 said...

HIYA, SEXY!!!

easuess said...

Give 'em hell, Mrs. L.

Those lousy jerks...
http://saveasecretaryfrominsanity.blogspot.com

thisismary said...

That whole Sharon Stone AOL commercial (the one with her lolling about in bed talking about a "satisfying experience") speaks to that mindset.  Don't get me wrong, LOVED the commercial... funny!!  -- but my first thought was ..oh, gee won't that just encourage the creeps to get all angry when (female AOl members) don't provide the satisfying experience that they were promised.  Sigh.

My solution, two IM's encouraging them followed by a long discussion on my access to and proficiency with firearms and heavy machinery.  For some reason ...

Go Mrs. L!  You get em!

sdoscher458 said...

It's hysterical, but while I was reading what you wrote I got an Im from what I thought was someone I knew...turned out to be an offer for sex tonight of all things!  At my age I have to sit here and laugh at them......Sandi

mombzbe said...

Go, Mrs L, GO!!
Anna

suzypwr said...

Hi, sexy!
xoxo

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