First it was Activity Feed and Circles, now it’s the spanking new Etsy Email Importer due to launch in 2 weeks that encourages sellers to upload their email address books to Etsy to "let users find people more easily" because:
sean11:...it's hard to find people you know on Etsy, and we're going to change that. We're going to make it easy to connect your email address book to Etsy, so we can automatically find people you know who are also members.
Sellers’ reactions are running hot and heavy in this thread:
On top of it all, Etsy has made the tool OPT OUT instead of OPT IN!
Read it all because it gets curiouser and curiouser!
Once a seller loads their email address book into their Etsy profile Etsy will:
The questions and alarms are flying in forum comments, but this is clearly a very elaborate extension of Real Names, Activity Feed and Circles in the name of switching Etsy to a “social site” rather than a shopping, selling and buying site.
JUST WHAT IS ETSY GOING TO DO WITH THE INFORMATION YOU SHARE WITH THEM? JUST WHAT IS ETSY GOING TO DO WITH YOUR REAL NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS BOOK?
.. and Goodbye Alchemy!!!
And this is only the beginning of a whole list of important questions that sellers have been asking for the past week ---- what the hell is going on at Etsy?