it asked me to set up a profile, which I did, and then it asked, do you want to see who on your yahoo! email list is already a member? And I clicked sure, and saw four people, and unclicked one who is a business acquaintence, and clicked, in order to be goodread “friends” with the other three, all well and good. And four minutes later, I get an email from a friend saying, she’s pretty busy but maybe she’ll look into it, and then another, and then another notice saying I am now friends with Luke Ford, and I realize, holy fucking shit, goodreads has sent an email, from me, saying, I want to know what you’re reading, to everyone on my email list, 168 people, some of whom I haven’t emailed with in years, and editors at magazines with whom I have only the most professional of relationships, and people who, I imagine, are just going to be baffled to have me asking, “do we like the same books?” If any of you are reading this, my apologies, really. Also, has anyone else ever inadvertantly done this?
Sadly, yes. It’s NOT your fault, Nancy. These sites deliberately scam people out of their contact book details, unbeknownst to the user. They are to be avoided at all costs. Add Goodreads to the list.
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