Oversight? Situational Irony? You Got Me…
Boy, this post looks strangely familiar…
Oh wait, it’s mine, but there is no mention of my name or link to my post. I just sent them an email about the oversight. Hopefully it’ll be remedied in a few hours (I’ll give them that since they are in the UK). If not, perhaps some of you might want to mention you saw the post elsewhere 🙂
Update – Feb 7 – 5:15am: Hey – see the tiny “mention” of my name at the end… Where….? See, the one that states way below the content and the links, “Thanks to: Monica Hamburg”. No link to me, not even clear what I did… Perhaps it’s “Thanks to Monica for not claiming plagiarism?”. Yeah, that’s not a credit. And it’s not good enough. Note: they didn’t even bother to contact me to apologize. All of which makes it seem as though they are trying to pass the material off as their own.
Here’s the email I sent them.
I can see that you “added” my name, but this most certainly does not make it clear that the content is mine, nor that I wrote it. Please remove the post immediately – unless you are prepared to do the following:
1) Begin the post by CLEARLY STATING that it was written by me
2) Giving a link to the actual post in this exact manner: “This article was written by Monica Hamburg on her blog, Me Like the Interweb, https://monicahamburg.wordpress.com/2008/01/25/behold-the-power-of-facebook-for-business/
I will be taking appropriate action if this is not performed in 2hrs.
The odd thing is, I am flattered when people reproduce my content. People can feel free to quote me, or ask me if they can reproduce the entire post (in some case, I’m OK with that.) But not crediting me appropriately and not bothering to link back to the original post. Nope, not OK with that. I worked very hard to provide good content. They, obviously, did not. A few clicks and a copy & paste sufficed for them. (Which is pretty sad since “The 7th Chamber” is apparently a legitimate viral marketing company. )
I guess I should be somewhat flattered, if only since this gets me closer to being like “Kris Krug” 😉 .
Update – Feb 7 – 5:49am: They emailed me to say the following:”Sorry for any offence caused. We use this blog as an archive of stories we find interesting.”
There’s now just a link to my blog post on their blog.
Well, al-riiighty then… Wow.
Note: I found out about their post originally because my friend saw the content and emailed me. You’d think, if there’s anyone who understands how social media works, it’s a VIRAL MARKETING COMPANY?!! Guess not…
So here’s the lesson for those who missed the memo: The web has eyes… and legs.