Readily accessible through an eBay user's "Me" (aka "profile") page, your readers may be unaware that their followed searches (aka "Interests"), followed sellers (aka "Members"), and followers (aka "Your Followers") lists are automatically made public by eBay.
Today, serendipitously and to my dismay, I learned that all of my followed watches were made public in eBay's newfangled "Me" page.
Despite the fact that I had painstakingly switched each of my one-hundred watches from public to private, eBay automatically returned them to public each time a change was made.
Besides the obvious invasion of privacy issues, while providing a wealth of information for one's competitors (i.e., in the case of eBay sellers) and other buyers, depending upon the kinds of items being watched, the availability of this list information could actually place incoming deliveries at risk and potentially endanger a user's personal safety.
There are plenty of other venues where buyers and sellers do not have to compromise their privacy and personal safety for the sake of corporate profit.
Solely interested in purchasing and selling goods, if my goal was to seek out friends and followers, I would have simply opened up a Facebook account.
Though it could be extremely time consuming for users with large and/or highly customized item searches, one course of action would be to relocate all of one's eBay followed searches and seller lists from a primary selling and/or buying account to another one that has been created solely for the purpose of perusing eBay listings.
Heads up from a Vigilant eBayer