So eBuddy is an annoying piece of crap, did you know that?
It's not that it's a bad program per se. I used it all the time in college because I didn't have a computer of my own and the only ones I had access to were the school computers, so no MSN. eBuddy did the job well enough then. If it were just the quality of the program I wouldn't really mind it at all. I mean, I didn't really like it, but I didn't hate it then like I do now.
See, it's not the program itself that I hate. What I hate is how every time I have to use eBuddy, if I'm not on my laptop or if MSN is being a douche, eBuddy takes it upon itself to change my display picture and status message. And it never said anything about doing that. So I didn't realize at first, since half the time MSN won't load display pictures for me, that I was going around for a week or two with the eBuddy logo instead of my picture, and that my previous status message had been changed to promote eBuddy. When I clued in, I was...less than pleased, let's say.
Putting it simply: I don't appreciate being taken advantage of like that. I didn't sign up to become a walking advertisement for a service I'm not particularly fond of. But the kicker is, I wouldn't have minded if they had just said something when I signed in! I can totally get them saying "Because we provide this service for free, we have changed your display picture and included a link to our site in your status message in exchange for providing you with an alternative to MSN" or something. But by not asking, and by not even alerting me that they've changed my visible information, eBuddy seriously pissed me off. I've started avoiding eBuddy entirely, using other MSN alternatives when I need them, and my status message for the past month has been about how irritating eBuddy is. So, thanks to eBuddy sneak-changing my status and image, not only did they not get the advertisement that I wouldn't object to giving them had they just asked (or even just had the decency to let me know!) to getting negative publicity because I'm complaining about how terrible they are every time I see them.