I am a fabulous friend. I’m not but for the purpose of this post let’s assume I am.
I wanted to give my friend a really unique present for Christmas (a bit early? Yeah I thought so…) so I had a little hunt around and I found a website that would do exactly what I wanted AND they were offering a discount. Ace!
So I started tapping away and getting all excited about ordering it when I was informed that I had to create an account. Ugh. One more account that I will never go on but will insist on sending me spam emails even though I deliberately did not tick the promotions etc box.
So I create a generic password and get back on track.
I am in the final stages of perfecting my order when I press confirm and am told that the website is going to publish my purchase on a rather well know social networking site that I happened to be signed in to.
I never asked it to that! I never gave it my permission to do that! I was outraged!
I especially didn’t want everyone knowing what I was buying as it was meant to be a surprise.
Thankfully, I deleted my order before it had the chance to pop up out of no-where and ruin Christmas. But really.
Is this the era I live in? Is this what I have to learn to expect? Every time I get a drink or watch a film or go to the toilet should I assume that it will appear on my profile?
Now I’m angry because I went through all that effort and didn’t get what I wanted and because I feel like my privacy was well and truly invaded. Sometimes I wish I lived in a time before the internet because I feel like people know so much about my life.
It’s like this whole new ad thing where relevant ads and websites pop up just because I’ve searched for “chicken” once in the past year. And suddenly I’m being told where to buy chickens from, how to raise chickens and if vegetarians miss eating chicken.
It’s crazy. So crazy. I didn’t want anyone to know.