UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,
UrsulaV
ursulav

My apologies to the handful of people who were following me on Google Buzz--I didn't block you because you suck (in fact, I know all of you, and you're awesome!) but apparently a manual unfollow-and-block is a step in the only way to actually turn Buzz off--that nice button at the bottom that says "Turn off Buzz" doesn't actually remove you, it just takes the interface off YOUR screen--and until they do a lot more to control the privacy issues, I'm stompin' that as dead as I can. 

It's not that I have particularly much to hide--my e-mail life is surprisingly dull!--but among the e-mails I most frequently use are my agent and my editor, and it strikes me as unprofessional to float their personal contact info 'round the world. (99.9% of you are terribly polite and pleasant individuals who I'm pretty sure are here for the random eggplants, but I've run into a couple people over the years who are too-clearly counting the seconds of any conversation until they can ask if I'll send their manuscript to my agent, thereby bypassing the slushpile, and since I don't do that sort of thing, I would as soon not be a mechanism for it all unwilling.) 

I am of the opinion that privacy on the internet is like twelve-year-old boys and porn...they're going to find a way to see it, there's no stopping them, the issue is not whether they will find it...but one is still obligated to make it difficult for them, out of a combination of concern and...well...sportsmanship, for lack of a better term.
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