I am in a foul mood. I hope the above paragraph doesn't get me into trouble. I got a troublesome e-mail from Matthew, and have been doing some research into the new sponsored community wank, and I am thoroughly disatisfied all around.
As you all know from my previous Sponsored Account rant...I despise the notion of ads, but I'm trying to get involved in the dialogue for change and development, now that we all have to deal with them.
As it stands, maintainers of sponsored communities can perform searches based on interests, but cannot contact you on your personal journal or invite you to join their communities. Nowhere in the discussion has it been stated that they cannot take your e-mail, AIM SN, or any other contact information listed.
While this information has always been either public or not disclosed, my concern is that companies are more likely to search for it on LiveJournal now than they were before simply because LiveJournal is allowing itself to become an advertising tool for companies and corporations to use in order to reach its customers and other consumers. For this reason, I think (and have suggested in the discussion forum) that paid and permanent users be able, at the very least, to be able to choose whether or not to be included in interest searches performed by the maintainers of sponsored communities. I also think that paid and permanent users should be able to select whether or not sponsored communities appear in searches.
What do you guys think? I feel very strongly about this, and I'm thinking about making a petition for it.
Should I create a petition for this specific feature?
No, dude. That's dumb.
Until next time, I do want to share a nifty little tool that I have used for as long as I can remember to fend off spybots. It's called Spam Poison, and I keep it in my userinfo at all times. I know it may seem shady to use a spam!killer that has ads on the same web-page it's offered on, but I tell you no lie when I say I haven't had spam (minus the all-caps crazy) in longer than I can remember.