Three years ago, I was trying to figure out how to become a freelance writer. I needed to know how other writers found employment – steady employment. There were all types of articles online and websites that promised wealth as a freelance writer; however, most of those websites wanted $29.99 for their tell-all eBook. After spending money I didn’t have to learn more about what I already knew, I found a blog that said making business contacts through social media networks was the best way to get started.
Of course, the initial beginning was far from rosy as that is when my struggle began and continued for a longer period of time than expected as I got to know about the dark and murky world behind the entertainment quotient in the virtual world of social media. At one point, a friend advised me to buy quality instagram likes starting from 100 to 10000 instead of going for organic level of popularity as it is slow and steady.
I went to all the major social networks – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and MySpace. I found several people who were in the same situation as I was. They wanted to write and they wanted to make a living at it. I figured it wouldn’t take long for me to learn the best companies to write for and starting the money rolling in.
I found a company that was looking for a freelance writer through a contact on Facebook. The company was based out of China and they specialized in lingerie. While some of the items the company sold were a bit on the risqué side, they paid well. After a few weeks, though, I learned that my name, address, and social media accounts were no longer private information that only I gave out.
I started receiving all sorts of magazines in the mail – many of which were shocking! While they came plainly wrapped, I was certain the mailman knew exactly what those manila envelopes had inside. There were packages that contained various samples of things I hadn’t even heard of! Worst of all, there were posts on my Facebook wall – you know, the one that all my family members saw – about new products, books, DVDs, and anything else your imagination might come up with. I tried to keep up with deleting everything, but another company would post as soon as I deleted it. I was mortified!
When I questioned the company I worked for about whether my information had been kept confidential, they told me they submitted my name and other information to other businesses they had contracts with. I was also told that if I had read the employment page a bit more carefully, I would have seen what they called their “disclaimer.” I quit immediately.
While there was no long-term damage from the privacy violation, it took me several weeks to finally see an end to things I certainly didn’t want to see. Of course, I still felt like my mailman raised an eyebrow every time he saw me!