I’m a bad beta tester, and I know it. When it comes to products I’m picky, unforgiving, and easily irritated. My usual rule of thumb when faced with the constant stream of new betas, most of which seem to compete with each other, is to sit back and wait to see how it all shakes out. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading about this stuff. But to actually volunteer for frustration is not my style. So I turned down the Google Talk invites. I just didn’t see the value in it, and while I can accept the privacy/convenience tradeoff to a certain extent their product wasn’t compelling enough for me to give up another piece of myself to Google.
Perhaps you can imagine how frustrated I was this morning when I saw that not only had Google ignored my intentions and signed me up, but they had signed me in.Those people from whom I had already declined invites to Google Talk showed up as new “invites to chat”, and every time I roll my mouse over a name in my inbox I get a chance to chat as well.
Google Talk, I don’t want to play with you. Take your ball and go home.
P.P.S. Even better suggestion in the comments. Thanks Holly!