The issue here is that a lot of people think of their Gmail space as personal space.
And Google* doesn't.
This is why corporations retreat to bland, impersonal, inoffensive personas that become indistinguishable from one another.
These people complaining about Google's attempt to show a human face? They need hobbies. That's what my mom would have said, anyway."
melt away: "My father's dead (died on Xmas - double whammy) and this didn't bother me at all. You really have to get over being upset by these kinds of things at some point, it's part of moving on. Other people have dads - they should enjoy them while they can.
Bunch of whiners."
helmutdog: " Guess what? Not everyone in the world is supposed to be sympathetic to your losses or join your pity party. Lighten the hell up."
If you've lost a father so recently that the mere fact of being reminded that it is father's day by a website is going to send you in paroxysms of grief, I feel for you, but perhaps you might want to avoid interfacing with the outside world on, you know, father's day.
Google on Monday apologized for a Father's Day homepage doodle connected to a Gmail chat promotion that some felt was insensitive.
Like it did on Mother's Day, Google featured a Father's Day-themed homepage doodle, with a tie replacing the "L" in Google. Underneath the image, however, there was a Google Voice link that read "Dad. Father. Pops. No matter what you call him, call your dad from Gmail." What prompted some backlash, however, was that Google also included a "call dad" reminder within Gmail's chat window.
I want to let you know that I’ve been reading your feedback in these forum threads and sharing it with the rest of the team. It was not our intent to upset anyone with this reminder, and to those who found it jarring or uncomfortable, I’d like to apologize.
I agree with what you are saying about the ability to hide the notice and the rest of the team does too. This was the first time that we ran a notice in that spot, and it ran for less than 12 hours. If we run any other notices there in the future, we plan to make them dismissable so you can easily get rid them if they don’t apply to you or if you don’t want to see them anymore.
Whether you celebrated Father’s Day or not, I hope you had a peaceful and happy weekend with your loved ones.
A bit misguided by Google, but it seems like anyone that upset over Call Dad would be pretty upset with the whole holiday.
Wow are people incredibly uncharitable with their assumtions as to Google's motivations.
Seriously, there's lots of stuff on the internet that is of no interest to me. I don't care about children's toys, I don't plan on going back to school, I am not interested in that diet pill that will make me lose 20 pounds in a week, and I am not interested in cats. I see stuff about all of these things and more.
Where I differ is in thinking that this was a mistake born of minor insensitivity and lack of forethought rather than some kind of imagined malice
What I don't understand is the idea that Google (or anyone else) is being insensitive by celebrating Father's Day.
No, they should read through your email and browsing history to determine if you have a living father, and automatically call him for you and play a recorded message.
My wife did this to a cashier earlier this year, asked her about her Thanksgiving plans. She said "Actually I don't really get along with my family so I'm just going to go home after work and get a pizza." Was it shitty of my wife to ask about someone's Thanksgiving plans while making small talk? I don't think so.
The inability of people to look outside their personal experience really drives me bonkers.
Next year, maybe you can check a box in your profile as to whether you've been abused/abandoned etc. and you won't get the message. The inability of people to look outside their personal experience really drives me bonkers.
Sort of like when in-video YouTube ads first started.
someonecaring [writes] Lol. People seriously need to stop being overly sensitive. If you were offended by this because your dad died/was abusive/was gay etc. Then you really need to stop being such a pussy.
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