A few weeks ago, Userfriendly ran this series:
Companies do that to drum up interest in their site, get decent numbers on their websites, show the reports to interested VCs and Funds, raise capital, hire more people, repeat cycle. But the fun starts when GMail like fiascos happen.
Issues happen. Always!
But how ethical is it to sell to users to use a beta system, while there’s every chance of the user’s data being wiped out or the system not being available. Perhaps there should be some kind of browser plugins that keep warning the user this website is still in beta or even alpha.
Use sites that are in Beta/Alpha. Help Stef buy his Porsche.