Saturday, June 17, 2006

Tracking and responding to blogs, The ongoing NetVocates drama

In a blog that is spookily identical to mine, you can read about strategies for response.

Now I suspect that some will argue that corporations (citizens in their own right under law), have a first ammendment right to speech. One could even further argue that they should respond. Whatever. Show me a corporation with a conscience not beholden to a bottom line profit margin for the shareholders, and I'll show you a corporation I want speaking.

But the real bottom line is that they have resources that exceed most of any bloggers resources in exponential ways. AND, more irritating than that, the blogosphere is sometimes just a pathetic echo of the corporate/political line on either side of the divide.

Note: If you haven't read my recent entries, this probably looks like a disjointed blithering rant. Shameless plug: for more privacy discussion, read Miriam N. Kotzin's "The Dea[r]th of Solitude." in Per Contra.

But the rumors about Netvocates Hiring "trolls" seem to be founded on the netvocates site. And these actions would explain part of that "echo." Now I wonder how many corporations are using trolls of their own. More to come.

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