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[personal profile] branchandroot
Signal boost, via [personal profile] telesilla:

Etsy, an otherwise very congenial person-to-person handcraft and buyables platform, has done a Beacon. They have exposed your shopping history and made you searchable by email or by name; your real name, address and other location/contact info is now listed on your profile, if you ever entered it (possibly under the mistaken assumption that it would remain private). You can set your favorites, shopping history, name, and email to Private in Account > Settings > Privacy, but every member has been, as of now, automatically opted in at the Public setting.

Personally, I think a very stiff note to the owners is in order. As soon as you've fixed your settings.

Date: 2011-03-15 04:34 pm (UTC)
yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
From: [personal profile] yvi
Wow. This already shows up first when searching for my RL name on Google.

Date: 2011-03-15 04:53 pm (UTC)
yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
From: [personal profile] yvi
And then I changed it to a made-up named and got the requets denied with


You recently submitted a change to your name on your Etsy profile. Name changes are reviewed by Etsy Admin and this request was not approved.

Name changes are most often not approved because the requested name appears to be a business name or shop name.

Etsy encourages the use of your full first and last name. This is not intended to be your business or shop name, but rather your personal name.

Making your real name public can help people you know in the real world recognize you on Etsy, and can establish credibility and inspire trust.


What the heck?

At leats that way I got to know that I can just delete the name from my profile.

Date: 2011-03-16 03:19 am (UTC)
krait: a sea snake (krait) swimming (Default)
From: [personal profile] krait
Eeeergh. And here I've spent the last two weeks semi-seriously considering setting up on their site...

Date: 2011-03-16 03:58 pm (UTC)
jaebility: (nature // grass)
From: [personal profile] jaebility
Ugh, what a disappointment. I've been loving and using Etsy for years now - Feels like I've been tricked. Hopefully they make amends for this.

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