There’s a post by Mel on Brand Republic that links to me (Thanks Mel!) about a Guardian article that suggests just how little Brits understand search engines at the moment. I see Patrick is also weighing in on the Brits and search engine optimisation topic.
Now I appreciate the mention on Brand Republic, so I felt the urge to comment and add my thoughts. So to do this I have to register. Fair enough… it says “it only takes a minute”…
…Step 1 of three…
Not sure why there are three steps… I never got past step one. Why? because the sign up page has various opt-in/opt-out boxes as you would expect but I can’t opt out of this:
By registering on Brand Republic, Haymarket Publishing will automatically provide you with information relating to Brand Republic and other related Haymarket products and services via email, direct mail or telephone.
What? other related Haymarket products? They have hundreds! That means I have to opt-in to emails, junk mail and phone calls from things as diverse as:
Thanks for the link… here’s lots back… but sorry, I’ll just add my comment from afar in a pingback. I can’t see how it’s legal to force such a wide ranging opt-in. Please consider taking that clause out of the page registration, Haymarket.