We just love to disclaim liability for everything…
This morning, I wandered over to JustAddMe.com, a website that promotes a widget to make following people across many social media platforms easier. It actually looked pretty cool, so decided to check it out. When I clicked on the page to sign up, I found the above disclaimer waiting.
Funny thing is, in the online/tech-world, especially social media, it’s become common to launch a product/service in the “we think this might work” stage, let early-adopters test it out (sometimes trashing computers along the way), then clean it up for the masses.
So, disclaimers like this aren’t all that shocking…in the online world…
They’re not often put in such straight-forward terms, but everyone pretty knows the risks of being an early-adopter/beta tester.
But, what if you tried extending this language to other professions?
Imagine walking into a new dentist’s office and seeing a sign over the reception desk that read…
The dental services you are about to receive are at your own risk. Your dentist is not responsible for any damage of any kind that might happen. In other words if anything goes wrong we are not liable and you have been forewarned
It’s funny how we allow certain latitudes in one setting that we’d never put up with in another.
I wonder where else, other than the tech-world, you could be so bold and put yourself out there with a strong disclaimer and succeed? Would you go to a personal trainer who promised some very desirable results, but charged nothing and made you sign a waiver with the above language?
So, what do you guys think?
Why are our expectations about quality so different for different services, products and relationships? Have you seen any other disclaimers like this?
Share your thoughts…
POSTED IN: Conscious living | 05/28/08
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