Yay for MDC addressing the concerns of members!!
That said...I am super confused about this reaction. Both FB and Twitter require more effort to see posts than Google. The way MDC was using the FB page and Twitter was simply as an extension of mothering.com, rather than going to the mothering.com page, you go to the page on FB or Twitter or subscribe to the news feed or tweets. You would not see any of the posts in question if you didn't already "like" mothering on FB or specifically go to the Facebook or Twitter page or subscribe to Twitter feed. The chances of someone who wouldn't come to mothering.com seeing your posts is quite small. Like many of you I discovered the Mothering forums when I Googled something. I did not have to "jump" through the hoops of searching for Mothering like I would on FB or Twitter. As I think more about this, I suppose a thread featured on Twitter could become popular and be reTweeted (or whatever it's called) and go viral or something...but people do that with lots of random stuff on the internet and are much more likely to stumble across a Mothering thread on Google accidentally. I dunno, I am pretty private and it stresses me that all my posts here are so easy to stumble upon. BUT that is how I found Mothering in the first place...I can see being upset about this if Mothering was a totally private forum, but it isn't. The private posts weren't featured on FB or Twitter.
Are you guys comfortable with your threads showing up on Google without someone having to express an interest in Mothering (like they do for FB and Twitter)?? Should we have an opt-in button in order for our posts to be findable on Google?
I share all your concerns with privacy, but after looking at the Mothering Twitter feed, I feel like in responding to the concerns presented here Mothering has lost a really important tool in using the media and technology options that are available to reach people who are interested in Natural Living and Attachment Parenting. Our privacy was much less of an issue than it currently is with Google searches...
I get the third party thing...but Google is a third party also...is it that we all understand and use Google and it's just obvious that we will show up in Google searches? I can see why MDC didn't feel the need to tell us about FB and Twitter. If they post a link to our post on FB we aren't suddenly on FB. Anybody can post a link to one of our posts to his/her Facebook page...
I am glad the Mothering.com was able to come to a solution that made upset posters happy, that's a good thing. I had no idea about FB or Twitter, but I am too private to "like" many things on FB and I don't use Twitter...but I still feel a little bummed about this.
Oh well, it's all a moot point. Some of the posters that are upset about this are ones I find are almost always perceptive and "get it". Maybe you all can explain what I am missing?
And no, I didn't feel comfortable going against the crowd until after the issue was resolved. I can be a weanie.