A Bunch of Tech Things People Have Threatened to Quit Recently

So you're quitting Instagram. Good for you! It's your right as a consumer. As a refresher, here's a look at some other tech-related products, companies and services people have threatened to quit recently.

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So you’re quitting Instagram. Good for you! It’s your right as a consumer. Vote with your wallet, as the saying goes – and if you’re not actually paying money for something, then vote with your data.

As a refresher, here’s a look at some other tech-related products, companies and services people have threatened to quit recently.

Facebook

Why? The new Timeline layout, the confusing privacy controls, the IPO that – gasp! – made some bankers rich at the expense of regular people, Facebook ads, Facebook hacks, employers looking at your Facebook profile, people looking at photos of you, people tagging you in photos, Facebook not letting people vote on privacy issues, promoted posts, Facebook is secretly in cahoots with the government to spy on you, Do Not Track, planking, your Facebook friends are boring now and all they do is talk about themselves, Facebook and Spotify showing everyone you listen to Taylor Swift.

Spotify

Why? Requiring you to use Facebook, showing all your Facebook friends that you listen to Taylor Swift.

Instagram

Why? Can now sell you to fur traders per the new Terms of Service.

Google

Why? Google knows everything about you, Google has too many ads, Google reads your email, Google is secretly in cahoots with the government to spy on you, Google has the audacity to turns its logo into cartoons, Google started out as “Backrub” which sounds really creepy, Google is in charge of Android, Google totally messed up Google Reader, Street View caught you passed out in a snowbank on New Year’s Day, Google+.

Apple

Why? Apple manufactures things in China, Apple doesn’t upgrade the iPhone’s hardware enough, Apple put out a new iPad right after the previous iPad, Apple users are sheep and you’re not a sheep, Steve Jobs never would have done what Tim Cook did those few times, the iPad Mini doesn’t have a Retina display, you still have to pay for iTunes music, too much patent litigation, Antennagate, Locationgate, Mapgate, Apple is secretly in cahoots with the government to spy on you.

Diablo 3, Mass Effect 3, All Games Ending in 3

Why? Required internet connections, crap endings to storylines except the game is basically you shooting at stuff, the third version is never as good as the second but the second’s better than the first, EA’s goal is to make money.

This Site

Why? We’re lazy, stupid, inconsequential, old, young, condescending, Apple pays us under the table, Google pays us under the table, Microsoft pays us under the table, Amazon pays us under the table, we never say anything bad about companies, we never say anything good about companies, all we write are lists.

Netflix

Why? The streaming content selection is crap, having both the DVD and streaming plans is so expensive you might as well start smoking again, Starz got dumped, Qwikster sounded like an app for drinking sugary milk.

Twitter

Why? Twitter censors people, Twitter doesn’t censor people you want censored, Twitter goes down sometimes, people overuse hashtags, most tweets are boring, sometimes people set up fake accounts to trick other people, Twitter has to make money, Twitter yanked Instagram support, Twitter is secretly in cahoots with the government to spy on you.

Yahoo

You’re just now quitting or threatening to quit Yahoo?

AT&T/Comcast/Dish/DirecTV/Sprint/T-Mobile/Time Warner/Verizon

Why? You dropped a very important call with your bestie once, the installer showed up late, nobody will give you a discount, your phone costs more than $200 if you lose it, your building was wired when Jesus was still alive so your internet access is slow sometimes, you get slammed for sending more than 1,000 text messages, all eight companies are secretly in cahoots with the government to spy on you.

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84 comments
ladyE
ladyE

lol love this,  they are all in with the gov to spy on us lolol. well i'm quitting the us post office all they bring me is bills and advertisements, and is in cahoots with government! lmao

andymangold
andymangold

@danauer @mattmc hah. I'm excited about our 2012 in review episode.

MoonJiYoung
MoonJiYoung

@kwang82 하하, 잼있는 말씀이세요^^

thetrom
thetrom

Excellent analysis Doug. I think it speaks well to the power of content creators and the cloud based apps that enable them to get their work out there. I think a great follow up to this article is this video: http://youtu.be/w8c_m6U1f9o

gemmabusquets
gemmabusquets

@FGrau triomfant al #TNTV3 parlant #Instagram :)

welkertown
welkertown

@CitizenMags @Etrain @bill_hewson @dinothinks @welkertown It's the man, MAN! He's selling me out MAN! Where's my virtual currency MAN!?

welkertown
welkertown

@CitizenMags @Etrain @bill_hewson @dinothinks It's man, MAN! He's selling me out MAN! Where's my virtual currency MAN!?

davidsidhom
davidsidhom

@POKENewYork @mirza @Roshorner In the process of switching to EyeEm!

mikeyavo
mikeyavo

@NoosphereInc @stevekovach hyperbole at fever pitch these days

haLarryous34
haLarryous34

@mollywood @ceciliakang a big lawl at the "This Site" part of the article :)

awysocki
awysocki

@mollywood @ceciliakang I've quit Facebook & Instagram, and actually my life is so much better,people gasp repeating"I'm not on facebook"

tcpevdwt
tcpevdwt

Hah, a perfect send up of the selfish web heads who seem to want companies to give them everything for free. 

clh62
clh62

@bittman @bryanrwalsh @Techland

AnnaKy
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jasonbarnett
jasonbarnett

I suppose the reality is people get bored, upset and want change. Social media has created a world of opinions and this gives strength to the individual. With strength and choice you will see people migrate from many different platforms....Time will show the new players on the market and one that gives freedom to the individual to create their own media within a media is the way I see it going. A combination of many models integrated into one system, with no politics and demands from corporate Hq...a system that can really benefit people and not just become a vehicle for a big company to make ridiculous sums of money..@zynkin (oops!)

GeraldFundy
GeraldFundy

Wow man I never thought about it like that dude.

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Annette Agee
Annette Agee

I work because i enjoy it and I am able. My taxes go to support the kind of life I want to live as an American.

Jennifer Riggins Hansen
Jennifer Riggins Hansen

I think the working man should have been man of they year. THey go to work everyday to PAY taxes to support those who DO NOT.

LawPod
LawPod

@SteveKuncewicz you can see why people stripping over @instagram would be concerned. Don't want those photos being used for advertising!

TheTouchFoundry
TheTouchFoundry

@RianVDM - Love the brutal honesty of that snippet. If the big guys stopped buying out all the little guys, perhaps we'd have more choice?

Alexander Thomas
Alexander Thomas

@ all - did u read my 2 posts above? if scared, don't use internet. y? behavioural tracking worth trillions of $ there on internet used by all industries. & anything on database lands on internet. check video above given by Mozilla's CEO on that. then, below that 2 videos showing privacy not been there for more than 30 yrs. about shifting from default settings to other settings & features also given in those posts

BrettTechLawyer
BrettTechLawyer

@SteveKuncewicz what next? Carrier Pigeons won't come back?!

Ryan Hotrod Johnstone
Ryan Hotrod Johnstone

Yeah i quit smoking this years resolution,next year 2013 definetely quiting facebook,especially with the ex-girlfriend hacking my facebook account situation.Back to old school email,love it.

Alexander Thomas
Alexander Thomas

2ND, privacy hasn't been there for more than 30 years anywhere in this world-two videos to show that are: (a)The Surveillance Society: 1984 Came 25 Years Late-http://youtu.be/7KYbaxmYlkg and (b) (the latter 1 also deals with big brother and privacy from IBM then & there are articles on Google to prove that)Apple’s commercial response to IBM big brother 1984-http://youtu.be/HhsWzJo2sN4 (the latter 1 also deals with big brother and privacy from IBM then & there are articles on Google to prove that). So, have to be careful with sharing personal data and all firms, not just technology ones have provided settings and features which can be used to shift from default settings for all the apps and social networks.

Alexander Thomas
Alexander Thomas

1st understand database & internet-In response to above status, behavioural tracking runs in trillions of dollars used by every industry. The video is Tracking the Trackers-given by Mozilla CEO. Anything on a database lands on the internet and can be tracked (http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_kovacs_tracking_the_trackers.html). There are not just general search engines but also vertical search engines like Wink, personal search engine that connects about 40+ social search networks. On top of that, there is the integrated search apps like Kurrently used for real-time public search within FB, Twitter, GMail, SalesForce and more. There is also the real-time private integrated search apps like Cue/Greplin and Kitedesk used for FB, Twitter, GMail, SalesForce and more. So, have to be careful with sharing personal data and all firms, not just technology ones have provided settings and features which can be used to shift from default settings for all the apps and social networks.

Joe Kloos
Joe Kloos

"Threatened to" being the key phrase there. Whether people actually do or not depends on how hopelessly obsessed with/dependent on/addicted to the service users might be.

rtaylor
rtaylor

@mattashwood I'm quitting all of them for new MySpace. And getting Justin Timberlake style tattoos. On my face.

mathewtang
mathewtang

@hypercasey you quitting any of the mentioned? Haha

BColefl
BColefl

@rivermile seems like you'd be starting something or doing a Cliff Clavin

pmbuko
pmbuko

@beerandnosh Updated TOS?? #ragequit

McClure_SF
McClure_SF

@beerandnosh Fair, but it'd be nice to read that article as written by a grownup.

trader_greg
trader_greg

@emilychangtv Please comeback to BWest, Please?

ElatiaGrimshaw
ElatiaGrimshaw

Massive user boycotts are effective to get the providers to hear our voice.

mattpedigo
mattpedigo

@CaseyNewton Internet opened door to bloggers, overweight geeks that otherwise would have offed themselves in a basement a few decades ago.

POKENewYork
POKENewYork

@davidsidhom @mirza @roshorner let us know what it's like from the other side.

yetifarm
yetifarm

@rtaylor @mattashwood I knew MySpace would come back! My profiles still in tact. I think I’m friends with the Beibs if you need an intro.

hypercasey
hypercasey

@mathewtang In an #AlternateReality I don't exist on any Social Networks :-)

BrettTechLawyer
BrettTechLawyer

@SteveKuncewicz That's it. I'm cancelling my carrier pigeons too. #instapigeon

mattpedigo
mattpedigo

@CaseyNewton And true. Journalists have been replaced by gripe and speculation. Not to mention a lack of sources and ethics.

mattpedigo
mattpedigo

@CaseyNewton Wait you call people? I thought you only sourced from Reddit and XDA. :)

CaseyNewton
CaseyNewton

@mattpedigo Why thank you. And that sounds like a pretty hot story, better start making some calls.

mattpedigo
mattpedigo

@CaseyNewton I like to think writing for @CNET is more reputable than writing articles about new flux capacitors in a secret Tibetan phone.

CaseyNewton
CaseyNewton

@mattpedigo Now you're just hurting my feelings :P