Has anyone else noticed that more and more web sites won’t let you look at any content at all without getting at least your name and e-mail address? I’m finding it so tiresome. My first reaction is always that if I can’t even see anything about what I’m signing up for I’m not going to give them my information.
When I got my first tablet recently I soon had issues about getting data transferred from my computer to the tablet. My main concern was transferring music and it took me days. I tried Amazon’s player and it wouldn’t pick up the music and tried a couple of others that supposedly would stream from computer to tablet but most of my collection wouldn’t go. I kept coming back to Google Play but not only does it require your name and e-mail, you have to give them your credit card before you’re allowed to see one single thing about the site. I refused until a friend told me that’s the one place that can stream pretty much everything. I finally bit the bullet and put in the info but I really felt angry that I couldn’t even look at the music part of the site to see what I would be getting. And I’m still not happy that they have my card and since I have an Android Google crap is constantly putting itself on my tablet. I’m waiting to start seeing all kinds of charges for things I didn’t ask for or didn’t mean to click… However I also have to admit it did pick up almost everything in my collection. and move it to my tablet..
Today I was looking at WordPress‘s stuff on promoting your site and went to look at StumbleUpon. Even for the paid stuff you can only see a tiny description of what’s available and finding out things like whether you can put a limit on charges is impossible without signing up. I’m still thinking about whether I want to find out more badly enough to take a chance that they’re going to hand my e-mail to dozens of other places.
I’m finding this more and more, places that want personal info before you can even see what’s on offer and I find it very Big Brother and disturbing. I’m interested to hear what others are experiencing and how you view this.