Many people have not signed the Save Pet Society petitions on Change.org because they are hesitant to give their personal information. I have signed close to a hundred petitions on Change.org in recent years and not had any problems, so I encourage you to reconsider.
Keep reading for a couple of suggestions if you are concerned about your privacy.
Your home or mailing address
Your home or mailing address is not displayed to the public, but even if it is divulged to the petition recipients it wouldn’t be any different than sending them a letter. It will also be among so many thousands of others that it is unlikely that the company will bother to do anything with it.
If you really don’t want to give your home address, consider using your work address.
I do not, however, recommend using a fake address as it would hurt the validity of our cause if it came to light that anyone used false information to sign the petition. They may also question whether people used fake identities to pad the number of signatures.
Remember that if you were to write a letter, you would also be giving your mailing address and possibly email address which has been common letterhead practice for over a decade.
Opting out of petition status updates
A few petition authors may send a thank you email after you sign a petition, but most don’t go further than that. A few may send an email update to let you know if the petition you signed succeeded, but you can opt out of these emails here.
You could also create a new email account especially for signing online petitions. If you use Hotmail/Live.com/Outlook.com, you can also create an email alias without having to set up a new account.
Just too lazy to create a Change.org account?
Simply login with one click using Facebook connect. This is the method I use because I have so many online accounts I often forget my password for sites I don’t use on a daily basis.
You will have to authorize the app on your first use, but you can always revoke Change.org’s access at any time via your Facebook app settings.
Using your Facebook login makes it easy to sign petitions and share them on Facebook with one click.
How Online Petitions Help Causes to Succeed
Online petitions have become a common method of instituting change and promoting causes in the 21st century. Signing an online petition is an easy way to get involved in a cause you support without having to write and send a letter snail mail, which is what one had to do in the old days.
Take a look at the home page of Change.org to see the causes that have succeeded because of their online petitions.
Online Petition vs. Letter Writing
Yes, it is also a good idea to write a letter when you can, especially when it’s an issue that you feel particularly passionate about because letters — thanks to the convenience of email and online petitions — have become special.
These days, when someone takes the time to sit down and write a letter — especially by hand — it means something. It means that they feel so strongly about an issue that they are willing to spend time (something greatly lacking in the 21st century) to write a personal letter.
But do you live outside the country where the targeted petitionee is located? Is air mail from your country slow or unreliable? Are you too busy to sit down and write a letter? Then, signing a petition is the next best thing.
Big companies these days only care about numbers. The number of customers, products sold, sales figures, stock values, years in business, etc.
Numbers are the easiest way to gauge the success or failure of a company, product, service, campaign, etc. when it comes to large, impersonal corporations run by a great “number” of people.
With a petition, the company can easily see the number of people they risk alienating by denying or ignoring them. The higher the number of signatures, the higher the rate of negative publicity they risk generating. So, the higher the number of signatures, the more likely a company is to listen.
If a company sees that only a few people out of millions care about a particular issue, they won’t bother to do anything because what can a few people do to hurt their company?
But imagine if they see that 50,000 sign a petition. If they choose to ignore these 50,000 people who tell just 3 people about what their company has done, that number becomes 150,000 who hear bad things about their company. If just 1 of those 3 people tells another 3 people, that’s 450,000 people. It won’t be long before the negative publicity spreads to millions because most people will be spreading the word to hundreds of people at a time (instead of 3) thanks to social networking and media.
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So, if you’ve been hesitant to sign the petition, I again encourage you to reconsider and use the above suggestions for using your work address or an alternate email.
Click here to sign the petition to ask EA to give Pet Society a second chance with a Limited Use Licnese now