I have not been on my blog or following WP blog posts for a few days since I was on jury duty (in NY courthouses -NY Unified Court system- which have wi-fi, I discovered that WordPress is blocked!). Today I read for the first time the Sept 21 post about the new "Follow" button. As I posted on Scott Berkun's post, I turned it off immediately because I do not wish to broadcast publicly how many people subscribe to my blog period. From my POV that is private info like my stats. Over the past seven days, some regular readers of my local news blog, including peole in government, undoubtedly saw this number and I probably lost a lot of cred. What, she has only a tiny number of subscribers! The number creates a false impression because it is inaccurate. It includes only the very small number of people who have email subscriptions via WordPress and not the greater number who subscribe via Feedburner and Google reader.
I strenuously object to WordPress's Facebook-like implementation of this feature and the disclosure of private info.. Like Facebook, you changed something and made it the default. To make it go away, one had to go into settings to opt out. While I understand WP can and will change features on this free blog service anytime, I don't remember giving WordPress the right to broadcast my private information including stats. Is this included in the terms of service?
The blog I need help with is amusingthezillion.com.