Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Blogs 2 Splogs ::: How Blogging Gurus Are Killing Us

Blogging "Gurus" and lesser-level self-proclaimed "experts" are once again taking some members of the blogsophere down a very slippery slope! They've essentially hijacked the blogging experience for many of us... they've turned independent citizen-journalists and pleasure bloggers into digital sheeple!
What will they stoop to next? Here ya go... Guru in action on twitter.
The latest carrot being dangled before the sheeple: a "craze" that involves judging and rating the worth of blog content with a heavy emphasis on "the amount of buzz" created about the paricular blog or an individual article contained within via other social media. This has cropped up in "contests" and has even tainted Google. Let's call it "blogging guru spam" --- it turns blogs into splogs!

The line of thinking it encompasses is totally flawed, as demonstrated by an article on Chris Brogan's blog regarding the sheer power of spam on twitter! (There is a major problem with spam tweets and re-tweets, which has spilled over to include facebook, and even LinkedIn!
"Social proof isn't useless, but it's not particularly useful either if you're not doing things that are actually interesting. If you've got 10,000 followers, but you're following 11,000 and do nothing but auto-post RSS feeds and ask people to buy your stuff, you're doing it wrong. " ~ Blogs, Blog Contests and BS
I left the following as part of a blog comment on weblogbetter.com ::: I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon see ads for PDF downloads by “fill in your gurus name here” for eBooks that will “teach you how to rake in social media points on twitter and facebook to up your standing in Google.”

And don’t think the people at Google have immunity to screw ups (like Technorati did when it proclaimed that MySpace pages were ‘blogs’) … any netizens remember when Google Wave was “the next biggest thing”?



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2 comments:

  1. BRAVO DAVE!
    U TELL IT LIKE IT IS!

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  2. Nice experienced blog reading, nice post, greatly shared....

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