This morning, I enthusiastically joined Voxer. I had been trying to connect for a Skype or Facetime date with a good girlfriend abroad for a while. Busy schedules and time zones conflicted, and recording mini voice-messages to one another on WhatsApp became a surprisingly useful and intimate way to communicate.
She recommended Voxer as it is primarily designed for this purpose. I download it, and allow it access to my phone contacts. Little did I know that by doing so, Voxer would take the liberty to send this to every single person on my contact list that has also downloaded the app:
No one reads terms and conditions. We download applications and give them access to our world in exchange for an experience we believe to be worthwhile. We trust they won't abuse that power. And when they seem to abuse it, we have a collective conversation about whether we'll get over it. We sometimes have to draw the line for them.
This user experience has crossed my line. I'll spell it out:
Misrepresenting me is not OK
Spamming my contacts is not OK
Using me to spam my own contacts is not OK.
If the intention here was to spread the word of my joining the app with friends and get others re-engaged with your application, there are infinitely more effective ways of going about that. Let's chat.