Recently, there was a huge ordeal about a PR firm selling a list of “Top Mom Blogger” personal information.
This list had names, addresses, email addresses, phone #’s, etc.
The problem with this list is that no one on it had agreed to be put on it.
However, the very bloggers that were fired up about this “evil list” were sending the list out to all of their blogging friends so they could get a look and see if THEY were on it too.
So…someone is going to sell a list of top mom bloggers to PR agencies that might *gasp* send you freebies to review (I know bad stuff can happen to, but I’m assuming that is the intent of this list), and you are livid.
Yet, you are perfectly okay sending this list through mass emails to a bunch of faceless/nameless bloggers?
There is something wrong with that.
Look, I value my privacy as much as the next guy (maybe a bit less…), but I think priorities are a bit warped here.
As bloggers, we take a LOT of leaps of faith with our private information. Generally, it’s okay.
I’m not super excited about someone out there making money off of information someone else obtained from me (disgruntled ex PR employee perhaps?), but it’s out there and there is not much I can do about it (for the record, I am NOT actually on this list though!).
What I CAN do, is not forward the darn list.
Common sense people…
Were you on the list? Are you angry? What makes you more angry? The list itself or bloggers circulating it to every blogger they know?
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