We are a family of individuals united by diabetes. We share our individual hopes, fears and experiences. We are individuals not corporations with commercial agendas.
In recent weeks I have found what I feel are two disturbing incidents.
First a Farrah M joined our community. From her profile and introduction she describes herself as a Customer Service Manager for US Med. Within days her profile picture turned from a picture of herself to a picture of the US Med logo. How blatant an effort to advertise in our community. I have red flagged her posts and protested the presence of US Med in our community.
The second disturbing incident is a GEARHEAD BADGE which is awarded to anyone who has a question answered by US Med. Why do we need such a badge? Will we soon have a Liberty Medical badge and then badges for every mail order operation. Will it stop there? Or will we have badges for every manufacturer of diabetes equipment and medications: the BD Syringe and Needle Badge; the Bayor Contour, Accuchek or OneTouch Meter Badge; the Lantus or Novolog Insulin Badge; and only God knows how many more.
I appreciate the advice of professionals but at what price? As a member of our community US Med has complete access to our profile and all our information. This a plethora of information, along with the question asked, from which to build a data base. A data base to flood us with advertisements and other useless spam (possibly phone calls and snail mail). This is not paranoia but simply a distinct possibility.
Do we really need commercial profiles, commercial badges or commercial anything else littering our community. If you look near the bottom of the page where your badges are displayed it says “A COMMUNITY IS BUILT ON TRUST”. I trust you but not the commercial establishment. Let us stem the invasion now.
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