For entertainment, after we've read books and they are banished to their beds for quiet time, I turn to my BlackBerry (OK, it's not *as* entertaining as an iPhone, but I love my BlackBerry nonetheless). Sometimes I will catch up on Facebook, thumb through what happened on Twitter that day or read my email. On this particular night, I decided I would see what back-to-school and summer-end sales found their way to any one of my three email addresses. That's when it all came apart.
I had gotten an email from a toy store I frequent (I have three young kids, remember -- and a husband), and there, at the top of my message, it said "view on handheld device." And so I did, as I have so many times before with so many different brands. But this time was different. I went to a watered-down HTML page (no, that's not what's different), clicked on a link that I was interested in and it didn't work (that's not what's different either), went back to see if any of the links worked (they didn't), then I closed the browser, deleted the message from my hand-held and my inbox and moved on.
Here's what was different. Over the course of the next few days, as I sat at my desk, I noticed something annoying, I was now receiving all of my email from this brand in an HTML-light format all of a sudden. Arghhh! I've been banished to the netherlands of what is equivalent to a gloried Text message indefinitely! All because I clicked a stinkin' view-on-handheld link that then served up links I couldn't even click!
So now I've gone and done it... I unsubscribed. It could have all been avoided if you, Mr(s). brand, sent me a simple, triggered message, asking if I wanted to relocate my email subscription to the netherlands. But instead, I'm off to subscribe to another toy store's email. Let's see if it's any different this time around.