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How To Make A Fool Of Yourself With Social Media

I gave Shawn Collins some feedback about what I thought was some spam on one of his blogs and was trying to define what is clearly spam, and what treads the murky waters of spamdom.

Obviously blog spam in the form of useless comments would be posting “Need Russian bride? Visit this website, good price, many selection. http://……ru”

That ends up in the spam bin immediately. (If it hadn’t already been filtered out by my Akismet or Bad Neighborhood filters).

What isn’t as clear are response like “good post”, “interesting” and “I will read this”.

I’d use a simple “letters to the newspaper editor” test – would you realistically expect a comment to be published if you mailed it to the editor of your local paper, responding to an article in the paper?

If you wouldn’t then, why would you choose to post it in a blog comments section?

Is it merely to see your name in “web print”?

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Even if the intent is to post an obviously off-topic comment in hopes that someone will clickthrough to your affliate link/phishing site, the effort is wasted.

Even if the blogger doesn’t wipe the comment off with a click of the “delete” button, who’s to say that any reader will click on your link, even if the anchor text is “SoCal Beach Bunny”?

Social media is a double-edged sword, you can easily establish yourself as the leader in your space through the power of blogging and participation in community sites and forums.

At the same time, if you are facing a serious credibility challenge, web 2.0 can be equally ruthless in exposing every blemish, scar and imperfection in your “social media” campaign.

Although I don’t fully agree with Jason Calacanis’ arguments that the Internet is being polluted with affiliate spam, I do think of my blog as my virtual home and like to “curate” or censor out the junk that doesn’t add value to the blog reading experience.

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Though it’s a social medium, success in Web 2.0 is ultimately about building a long-term relationship (personal or business) with your readers and your community. And that’s going to pay handsome dividends.

Anything else and you’re just fooling around.

6 comments on How To Make A Fool Of Yourself With Social Media

  1. Shawn Collins
    November 10, 2008 at 11:45 pm (4365 days ago)

    Hey Andrew -

    Thanks for the note about that comment – I had mixed feelings about letting it go through – it was a “real” comment in that it was a logical comment to the post.

    But then the guy goes and adds a three line sig with it.

    I use Disqus and it doesn’t enable me to edit comments left by others. If it did, I would have knocked out the spam and left the good stuff.

  2. Andrew Wee
    November 11, 2008 at 5:58 am (4364 days ago)

    Hi Shawn,
    Gratz on loosing the “Missy Ward” style wig.

    I have to admit that in my early days I’d add my URL at the bottom of my blog comments till I was given a lesson by some of the more established bloggers out there.

    Understanding the conventions of social media and following the “rules” are part of the game, such as using tasteful avatars, etc.

    The signature accompanying the comment on your blog, was going into some serious scammy territory, and left a bad taste in my mouth, which I guess could be one of the litmus tests for “Publish or not?”.

    Disqus believes in a spamless world? They ought to refine their business model!

  3. ben
    June 24, 2009 at 9:01 am (4139 days ago)

    What is the name of the guy in the photo….i recognise him and really want to know his name….can you help me out please?

  4. Andrew Wee
    June 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm (4138 days ago)

    Can’t help you.
    Got the photo off a photo stock site.

  5. Microwave Cart %0A
    December 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm (3612 days ago)

    it is difficult to find some hot smokin russian wife with very good manners, most of them are just after the money ~*”

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    October 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm (3288 days ago)

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