LMB100 and others, I'd like to question and perhaps caution you about general internet security.
You seem to be under the impression that sharing your blog on facebook wasn't possible until this option was put in there by Sparkpeople's staff. Are you aware that Spark is not a members-only site, and that anything you put up (unless your page is "friends only") is viewable, and sharable, by anyone online through any medium at any time, anyway?
I can see that LMB100 does have her page set to private, so that I can't see it and do that, but some of you others who seem shocked by this move by Spark ... always remember that anything you do online can be shared by anyone anyway. Nothing is private, unless you've taken specific actions to select so (like making your page "friends only" like LMB100).
I find it very interesting that although I have not seen one single solitary shred of positive feedback about this feature (which incidentally, can also be used to share on twitter), the spark management team and coaches have done nothing about it.
Come on, spark management, haven't your members spoken? There has been nothing but negative feedback from the members. They don't want this! Remove it already!
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2,453 1/15/12 9:57 A
Thanks for the info I turned mine off immediately.
I was devastated when I saw those awful additions to my personal musings. I do not take my Spark ambiguity being compromised lightly and if I hadn't stumbled upon a friend's friend's blog explaining how to disable the fb invasion in those first 5 minutes of where I was flooded with feelings of violation I would not be here to express my intense disgust with the abuse of power. What other social networks will we get linked to? Plenty of Fish?
I'm seriously reconsidering Spark as the avenue to continue my health journey. If it's going to be all over facebook, I may as well vlog and friend and link there. At least there, I have the power to control who shares my personal information. Sharing my own spark is one thing but someone taking my spark and spreading it around someplace so public really make me feel cheap and that Spark is more interested in the 'Big picture' and not the personal journey.
The ambiguity of Spark is fundamental to a Sparker's success and the second that the 'powers that be' took the liberty to take the choice of spreading one's own spark away from the sparker to a public social forum such as Facebook they cheapened the journey and violated my trust.
I have the two separate for a reason. Sparkers understand and support my journey.
...or so I thought...
Edited by: SNOWANGELDIVA at: 1/14/2012 (00:59)
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2,699 1/13/12 10:31 P
I agree. I was VERY disappointed to find out about this today. One of the things we all love most about SP is the feeling of a supportive network that we DO NOT GET on other social networking sites.
This should have been available for people to 'opt in' if they wanted to, and have a default to 'not share'. Instead, it defaults to sharing it and we have to figure it out and then 'opt out'.
Yes, Coach Denise, I am aware that you can turn the feature off, which is a good thing.
However, the feedback and comments I've seen from members is that most of them don't know how! This feature was automatically added to everyone's blogs without their knowledge and to stop it you essentially have to "opt out." It should be the other way around.
I hope the powers that be here will seriously reconsider this. This is a major invasion of privacy.
Thanks for the feedback, I'll pass it along! As you mentioned though, it is optional and you can hide that feature.
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Thank you, Laurie. I saw that and was uncomfortable with it. I didn't know we could turn that off. And less important, I didn't know I could turn off the 'I Bought the Spark Cookbook' notice which annoyed me.
So now there's an option to like someone's spark blog on facebook. Really?
What that means is that someone ELSE - someone you don't even KNOW - can share YOUR stuff all over facebook!
Seriously? This is a REALLY BAD IDEA. I personally do not want my stuff shared all over facebook. It's one thing if you want to share your own personal musings there, but it's quite another to invite other people to do it! Tech developers... what were you thinking????
Don't know what I'm talking about? Go to one of your blogs and at the bottom you will see a "like" button encouraging you to spread the spark on facebook. Like I said, all well and good if you want to spread your own spark. But spreading other people's spark? I'm flabbergasted.
At least there's an option to turn it off: Go to "Edit My Spark Page" and the bottom choice under "More Options" is "Show share bar on my blog posts." If you click that box OFF, that option for someone else to spread your private thoughts all over facebook will go away.
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