The controversy began last week when Etsy flipped the switch on People Search as part of its effort to make Etsy feel more like a social network. Now, when users run a search for a person’s full name, that user’s account will show up in the search results, even if that person is only a buyer. The goal is to allow users to connect to each other and create “Circles,” which then allow users to see which products their friends have favorited or purchased on Etsy.
The problem is that, aside from a thread in Etsy’s forums (which is almost entirely used by sellers, not buyers), Etsy has not notified users of the change in privacy settings or policy.
So what, someone who only buys vintage photo prints might say.
And here you thought only your closest friends knew of your pink plushie bird obsession.
Settings can be changed by following “Your Account” to “Settings” to “Privacy.” Maybe get on that.
UPDATE: Etsy has addressed the issue by making all purchases and feedback private by default. But you can make it public if you want feel like showing off your quirky side.
Etsy users irked after buyers, purchases exposed to the world [Ars Technica via Daily Intel]