Thursday, May 17, 2012
God's Great. Beer's Good. And People are CRAZY.
It blew me away when I woke up to this hasty message because this woman seemed extremely upset that I had sent her a mass e-mail and invaded her privacy in doing so. Privacy invasion = finding your blog name in a public directory (for which you most likely advertised for on your blog with a button), and copying and pasting your e-mail address (which was also listed on your site)? I'm no super sleuth, nor do I feel the urge to waste my time frivolously scouring your blog for your information. Obviously if you were a recipient of my invitational e-mail, your information was plainly listed. By you. On your site. The site which you have listed in a large, very known, public directory. The same site that is most likely going to pop up when I Google either your or your blog's name. Yet I'm the one invading privacy by collecting what you have willingly put out there. Stuff like this just irks me. It's 6:00 in the freaking morning. I should be sleeping. Rather than closing my eyes, rolling over, and drifting back to sleep after I read that e-mail, I had to get up. I had to reply. I had to say something. So, with a blood-coffee content of big fat ZERO, I rolled myself out of bed and began the composition of my crafty response. Could I have just ignored this e-mail? Yes. Could I have just apologized and been done with it? Yes. But if privacy is a concern, by all means, I do believe this concern needs to be addressed. Don't you agree?
I apologize for any inconveniences and will be sure to remove you from my contacts list. The directory actually only consists of the blog names and URL's - an easy way to navigate through and organize all of the different spouse blogs out there for easier networking. I feel obliged to inform you that I actually found your blog through another military blog directory (as well as every one else's blogs). I did nothing to go out of my way in attempts to find your information, just as anyone else in my situation would have done to acquire your e-mail address.
In addition, the internet is a vast sea of information being inputted and stored. Things you are posting on your blog will be around for years after you believe to have "finished" blogging. I strongly encourage you to reassess what you are sharing via your blog if privacy is a concern for you. Perhaps you could benefit from a blog-based e-mail address.
Once again, I apologize and assure you that you will be removed from all of my e-mail compilations. Thank you for taking the time to e-mail me with your concerns. Have a great rest of your week.
It's things like this that make me think Really? Is this for real? I am being catty-chatted to because I collected a form of contact information that you, yourself put out on the internet? The same internet that people hack computers because of? The same internet that people steal identities through? The same internet that people hunt down and stalk people through? Yet I'm the one invading your privacy? Okay. People are crazy. I'm going back to bed.
Do you think sending a mass e-mail invitation to join a military spouse directory is an invasion of privacy?