Fathers Day Call Reminder puts Google in Dog House - Page 2
Some Google users appreciated the reminder and saw for what it was, an attempt to be helpful and do things to advance customer goodwill and appreciation.
Djcapelis @ Hacker News comments, “It’s the difference between seeing something that annoys you and moving on and having something that someone else stuck in your reminder list that you can’t delete. People are complaining that Google put in reminders they don’t want in a space that is viewed as theirs and private. “ Meddling in Gmail inboxes has not been an advertising method that has worked well in the past for Google; people consider their inbox as private area and do not want anyone mucking about in there without permission. I don’t particularly want Google reading about my current disagreement with my medical provider. The email inbox is sacrosanct and should not be used at will to promote apps outside the ads hovering along the perimeter.
I would remind Google of their Buzz debacle, where users’ contacts list were temporarily exposed when Google Buzz as first introduced to add a social component to Gmail. Maybe Google would be well served with hiring an arbiter of good taste to review widgets before attaching them to the inbox of Gmail.