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So many private pages now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I guess the fiasco over the Share Bar, which has now been pulled by SP, had major consequences in that many members have now decided to make their profiles private. In a sense, it is good that people are more aware of privacy issues perhaps now more than ever. But it does pose a dilemma for me.

When I go on my Friend Feed or huddle in my groups every day, I see blogs that I would love to read or respond to. However, now many of these are private. There is an issue when people blog asking for help or suggestions and their profile is private. I also am a member of groups that message their members every day regarding other member birthdays. I used to send goodies or birthday wishes. Now I don't even bother as most of the profiles are private.

I guess I feel frustrated with the technical ineptness of Spark People and why they cannot bring in more privacy options instead of forcing members to go private. How about a feature where member information can only be viewed by other Spark People members or "friends of friends", somewhat like what Facebook does?

It used to be enjoyable to read the blogs of others and to send well wishes and goodies but, to me, it is now frustrating to see so many private profiles. And I will not add a member as a friend in the hope that they add me back just to read a blog or send a goodie.

I've vented enough I guess. But what a world we have come to when a nice, humble, community like Spark People has become such an issue of concern with so many. But, I guess that's the world we live in today and I have to get used to it.

Cheers my friends!

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ALASKASKY 2/22/2012 11:58AM


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KARAMAC2012 1/27/2012 12:05PM

    This is all so sad - as someone new to SP, I'm mainly adding new friends based on their pages, and if I can't see the page I don't get enough information to add them! emoticon
I completely understand anyone not wanting to share personal information with the world in general, though.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/24/2012 12:01PM

    Yes, I've also noticed the numerous private pages when I go to read a blog. I wondered why this was happening.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/18/2012 9:35PM

    I agree too, I guess I'm to trusting with people, I don't tend to think about someone seeing what I do or say and violating my Spark page or FB page. I know in this age of technology I should be more careful. I'm rarely on FB unless I get a message that someone has left a comment on my page. I spend most of my time here on Spark.

emoticon and thanks for venting!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 1/18/2012 5:46PM

    Ditto! I totally agree

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SLEEPYDEAN 1/18/2012 4:58PM

    Very well put.

The whole share thing just happened to coincide with some personal/relationship issues I'm dealing with that prompted me to put my page on private. I love getting feedback and support from Sparkers other than my "friends", but I can't risk my potential safety because of my blogs being found so easily with a Google search of my Spark name. So for a while, mine will have to stay private.

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YICHE12 1/18/2012 4:53PM

    I had put my Spark Page on private, but decided to not do that because I do lead teams and people do need to contact me, so my Spark Page is now open again. I will just be careful NOT to put any private information in them. Hugs.

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LAURIE5658 1/18/2012 4:23PM

    Ditto! I totally agree with you.


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    I've had the same problem. I went to several people's pages that I used to read their blogs and I'm blocked. Oh well, it's their decision.

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2012 4:14PM

    I'm with you.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2012 4:01PM

    I agree.

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TWEETYKC00 1/18/2012 3:32PM

    I'm with you. I understand why many people chose to go private, but again, it can be frustrating at times as well. I am glad that the problem feature was removed, but I think it will take time for people to come back for fear of having all of their information thrown into oblivion.

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SPEEDY143 1/18/2012 3:29PM

    I don't have a Facebook account for a number of reasons and was not happy that SP launched the new feature without full disclosure. I immediately went in to my share area and removed it from my page on day one. I'm pleased that SP removed it all together but just like any thing on the internet you must be careful what you share. I agree, there's been a number of times I've wanted to read/comment on a SparkPage and it is set to private.. I shrug and move on. Nothings perfect emoticon

emoticon Linda

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