Finally, a website that enables laziness!
"We're much too busy being enviably attractive to read through all of this with our eyes." (via Thinkstock)
Let's not even pretend that you read through all the gobblygook for online services before checking the "Agree" box and promptly putting that boring legal business out of your head. Don't insult my intelligence by claiming that you do anything other than scrolling to the bottom and clicking wildly until the annoying word box goes away, and I won't insult yours by pretending that I'm admonishing you. Agreeing to things without the necessary information is a part of Internet culture. It is a ritual in which we all partake.
However, there's a new website that aiming to destroy that piece of Internet culture by providing web surfers with a concise and plain explanation of all the terms of service people usually ignore.
"Terms of Service? No thank you, I don't like Greek food." (via Thinkstock)
The name ToS;DR, or Terms of Service: Didn't Read, is a play off the common internet acronym TL;DR, or "Too Long; Didn't Read." And just like the short blurbs of succinct text that usually follow that acronym, it whittles down all the unreadable mumbo jumbo contained in popular terms of service, and offers a bullet point list of the good stuff and the bad stuff.
"Gotta go. My computer is asking me to to reading 17 pages of legalese." (via Thinkstock)
To give you a better example of how it works, here's what the site has to say about two of the most popular web services:
Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I think that thumbs up symbols mean that a term is good for the user and that thumbs down symbols mean it's bad. If I'm correct, then this is kind of a bummer because Google's terms, which I never actually read, is all bad stuff. Hmmm... maybe I should stop entrusting 95 percent of my life to that company's services. Maybe I should also start using Tos:DR.
Or, better yet, maybe I should start using this other service I know of. It's called TC;SwBB.
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