18 March 2015

Privacy issues: No more Youtube


I just wanted to let you know that I decided to delete my About Happy Books youtube channel, fb page and instagram page because of privacy issues. I had issues regarding my privacy with a German lifestyle blog I wrote, some people decided to contact me in ways that made me very uncomfortable and I decided to remove my face from the internet, so no more book channel. However I will of course continue to talk about books here, I love books too much to stop talking about them. But from now on the focus will be solely on the books and not on me anymore. 

I learned through that whole, messy situation that I need to be more careful about what I share online.   Please be also careful about what to share. I'm still feeling a bit mad and sad about what happened, so I need to grab one of my fav books to reread it, this always makes me feel better. 

Happy Reading!

15 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh that's horrible!
    On one hand it's really sad that you'll quit doing youtube videos because I loved them but I absolutely can understand your decision and would have done the same!

    Happy Reading!

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    1. It's a lesson I should have learned when it first happened in December, but then I decided to change things just a little bit, but that was unfortunately not enough.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. How terrible! I'll miss your YouTube posts, but obviously I completely understand. I'm glad we'll still be hearing from you here.

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    1. I'm also glad to still have this outlet for my bookish thought and for great discussions with other readers.
      Happy Reading!

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  3. I'm really sorry you've had these troubles. I suppose you don't want to make videos at all anymore, but if you do, you might want to check out Vimeo.

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    1. It's really about making videos in general, with videos you as a person are in the middle of things and some people unfortunately take that as an invitation to make contact in ways that are frightening, at least they were for me. That's why from now on my books and thoughts will be the focus, I never had any privacy related issues with my book blogs, readers of book blogs seem to be a bit more relaxed.

      Happy Reading!

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles, that's not nice at all :(. I understand your decision and I hope things get better for you soon.

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    1. I hope so as well, I never had any issues with my privacy here on this blog and hope that it will stay this way.
      Happy Reading!

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  5. So sorry to hear that :( It is so creepy when stuff like that happens. I hope it wasn't too bad and you don't have be afraid to go out because the person figured out your address or something. I'm glad you'll keep up your blog anyway. I'm always careful with photos and videos of me being release because I'm paranoid about people recognizing more or some creep misusing the content.

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    1. I don't think that you are paranoid, I think your way to handle things is actually the smart way to do it. I was too open about some personal aspects of my life for some time, now I have learned that this doesn't work for me so I changed it. On the mentioned blog I shared my full Impressum, so getting into contact with me was unfortunately way too easy, I hate the obligation to have an Impressum.

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    2. I just ignore this obligation (it also depends on what kind of blog you have, I think, if your receiving things for review for example). I'd feel way too vulnerable to share my actual address online. Such a scary thought. I had something like a stalker once. It was someone I had known for a few months and he started appearing on my way from work even though I had never told him when I would be there and which way I'd take. One time he left something in my mailbox at home at night and texted me later, telling me to look in my mailbox. So creepy.

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    3. I wish I could also just ignore the obligation, but I can't.

      What you went through is indeed really creepy, it's easy to forget that giving away too much information on your private life can have serious consequences and that some people out there shouldn't know that much about you.

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    4. The thing is I didn't even give away all that much information on the internet. I just knew the guy from school and we talked over msn messenger sometimes and he must've googled my username and found out some things (nothing incriminating) and he just let those things slip into conversations sometimes. Seriously, if you're curious enough to google someone, you should be smart enough to keep quiet about it. There were different situations, too where he just figured out when I must get off work and what bus I would take. That was a totally different kind of creepy and had nothing to do with me giving information away on the internet. Also it wasn't my fault, he behaved wrong (I know you didn't imply that, I just wanted to make clear that it's never the victim's fault).

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    5. I completely agree with you on that, it's never the victims fault, even if someone gives up a lot of private information it's never the persons fault when another person misuses the information. But of course in todays world it's smart to not share too much online, because especially on the internet there are some crazy people. Btw, when I was in school I knew a guy like the one you described, one night he came to my house with a picnic basket for a romantic dinner and he expected me to be all excited and happy about it (I wasn't at all and declined the invitation). He wasn't even a close friend, just a guy who was a friend of a friend. After that I got some crazy phone calls from him, thank goodness that they stopped after a few weeks.

      About a week after I started my now deleted beauty/lifestyle channel I got a message in which a man asked me if I would film a close-up of me putting on lipstick, I was completely shocked by this offer like that and unfortunately it wasn't the only offer like that, there were even worse ones.

      I'm right now reading a book on online privacy issue and think I will do a follow-up and explain more about why I deleted the channel I had.

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    6. Uuurgh, I'm so sorry you had to go through these experiences. They sound downright creepy but I'm glad you're talking about it so openly. I think sometimes people don't even realize they are overstepping their boundaries by making certain demands (I mean, in general it is not so unusual to request a video from a youtuber you enjoy), so I hope that opens some people's eyes. Just because you're on the internet, doesn't mean you can just let go off politeness and respect.

      Looking forward to your follow-up post :)

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