I set up the HJWPhotography site, domain, and associated email address about 7 months ago. In the first 6 months of that, in spite of the fact that my email address is displayed prominently on my Contact page, I had received a grand total of one spam email on that account. ONE. Count with me…ONE. In six months.
Then I made a mistake…
I signed up for a 500px.com account to associate with this site, and I of course provided them my email address. Within 48 hours, I started getting spam emails, first a trickle, then a torrent. Now I’m getting several dozen spam emails a day, and after carefully reviewing how I’ve curated my own email address, it undeniably comes back to 500px. I can’t say if they shared my address with marketers, although that’s what I suspect, but what I do know is that they have proven themselves to be very poor stewards of my information, and I would also assume many others’ information as well. I’m not very happy about it, but the cat’s out of the bag now, so I have to live with it.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, this email address is not associated with my Amazon account, or anything else EXCEPT for this site and 500px.com.
The point of all this is to say you need to be careful how you manage your own information, and remember that even popular and well-respected sites can do scummy things with your personal information. As for 500px? Well, I signed up with a free account to review before I upgraded to their “Awesome” (read “Paid”) package. Well, you are NOT awesome, 500px, and I’m not going to be either. Shame on you.