There’s an old saying in poker circles that if you can’t figure out who the victim is within ten minutes of sitting down at the table, it’s you. So too it is with free online services, and Unroll.me proved that in spades this week.
Unroll.me is a popular free service that unsubscribes you from stuff you don’t want to see in your inbox anymore. Now it turns out they were taking that unsub data and selling it to the very services you were unsubscribing from (and others, of course). The internet threw a hissy fit when this was revealed, and in typical Silicon Valley fashion the company’s response was along the lines of, “Shut up, dummies. How did you think we were paying for this?
There’s no such thing as “free”, y'all.