15 November 2005
I will (not) go quietly
Every once in a while, I have a day where I am busy enough that I am not able to get on to the Internet until evening. Today was one of those days.
Inbox: 50+ pieces of new mail. Most were alerts for new journal entries. Wow, people are feeling prolific today. I start checking them out. I see the same thing, over and over and over again. Anger. Lots and lots of anger.
Deserved anger, I will add, and now I will add my anger, too.
AOL decided to place ad banners at the top of everyone's journal, starting today. There was no warning about this. File that under " 'tis better to ask forgiveness than for permission."
I'm an idiot-I pay a monthly fee for AOL along with a fee from another ISP for high speed access. The ONLY reason I haven't fully canceled AOL is because I want to keep this journal going. When I started it, I was still using AOL for dial-up Internet service.
I don't want advertisements here. I have devoted entries in the past about how much I hate when a popular song shows up on a TV commercial. I respect what advertising brings to the consumer world, but I don't want it here.
So, I am not going to stand for it. This journal will remain silent for the next few days, and if the ads have not disappeared, I will have to go elsewhere.
It's really as simple as that.
AOL boggles my mind. They are clueless to the fact that a lot of folks have done the same thing I have-needlessly sent them money just so they could keep their journal going. People are pretty passionate about their journal space, and they feel violated. There's a ton of anger about this. I want to believe that they will listen, see that they have made a lot of good people upset, and change it back.
But I'm guessing that in about a week, I'll be back here leaving a link to my new location.
Oh well, at least this didn't happen last week, just before I got the chance to connect with so many new people during my stint as guest editor. I'll always be grateful for that.
AOL, do the right thing.
Or I'm outta here.