Why I don't like rumours [HTC M8 fallout]

While most of the folks I know spent their Sunday oohing and aahing over who won what Oscar, I was in and out of a cold induce fog.  But what I did recollect of that evening was a lot of hullabaloo about the new HTC One.

If you've read any of our stuff in the past, you'll know that I'm just not a fan of rumours, so when I see any articles of that nature I tend to skip over them pretty quickly.  I rarely pay them any mind... it's true!  Rare amongst bloggers and tech enthusiasts alike, but I just don't like rumours.  Call it my desire for the surprise.  Rumours take away from the allure of the reveal.  (Remember, we did a poll on your thoughts on rumours a while back)


Sunday some time a certain person was able to put up a video on YouTube that showed a hands on and comparison of the 'All New HTC One' and the HTC One.  The reviewer (some nasally sounding kid who tries to pass himself off as a 'reviewer') gives the device FULL marks (I believe he says 'awesome' no less than a few dozen times).

Would have been a good capture, for any person as it suddenly sparked tons of views... and were it not for the one fraction of a moment where you could see the device's IMEI.  This put the phone detectives into gear and trying to find out where this device came from.

Immediately folks started to have a bit of a rage fest over this posting trying to see if it's fake or real... when the IMEI was known and it was found to be real the youtuber started to say it was a fake.  Jeff Gordon of HTC had tweeted to the fellow (his tweet has been removed):

"It’s not going to be a good week for you, my friend.”  
“We have the IMEI and all other info. We’ll be in touch.” 

Ouch.  The poster, one Roshan Jamkatel apparently had tweeted some dismay over the scenario (but since have been deleted as well - you can see some here).  The story goes something like his parents (or parent) were employees of some carrier, and had the device but were under an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).  So their son showing this breaks that... and then they've now since lost his job.

So ... I had 2 thoughts.

  1.  If it weren't for this uber hunger that tech enthusiasts have this might not have been as crazy a situation as it was.  Sure... I do believe that this kid and the parents (if it's real) deserve some backlash.  If the parents were under an NDA and this happens, be prepared for some repercussions.  However, it got a little out of hand.  Folks even 'doxxed' the poor kid and had a $10,000 bounty for the device.  Way over the line.  But really, it's the enthusiasts who put this kind of situation into play.  If we weren't so eager to chase down the latest and greatest... maybe we wouldn't be pushing folks to get 'leaks' or sneak peeks.
  2. I still think it's fake in some way.  Maybe I'm still burned from the "Transformer Prime" days.  Or I'm still expecting Jimmy Kimmel to come out.  Maybe it's just some viral promotion campaign on HTC's end.  [Funny to note that Roshan only ever tweeted on Nov 17, December 31 and then this info on the review]

What's your thoughts on what happened?