Being like a rabbit.
One evening I was sitting on Hilly Fields in Colchester watching the rabbits. These creatures enjoy the liberty of space, privacy and cover should a predator be in their vicinity. I have the same mentality of a rabbit, I like the liberty of space, my privacy and the option to vanish if I wish to do so.
Today I cut up my loyalty card with Iceland food stores. I sacrificed the blessing of free vouchers for my privacy. The loyalty card allowed Iceland to build up a profile on my buying habits, every product I buy logged on a database that Iceland used to market products and services to me. In addition Iceland would sell my personal information to third parties to use against me.
If you give away your personal information it is like someone taking a chainsaw to all the plant cover of the rabbits on Hilly Fields so they have nowhere to run to from predators, nor do they have privacy. Giving personal information away is like taking a wild rabbit from a wide open space and putting it in a small rabbit hutch.
In practice I am like a rabbit, I always calculate and act with a view of space, cover and a zealous regard to my privacy. One of the reasons why I use Twitter and WordPress is I have faith in their value of my privacy, but the moment this changes like the rabbit I will run closing my accounts with those service providers.
In building a relationship with your readers or customers it is good to share some aspects of your life, but with faceless corporates you are wiping out your liberty since you give them the knowledge and ability to hassle you in every aspect of your life, control, manipulate and limit you.