I mean it's hardly surprising, now is it?
Money and the need for money always winds up affecting, tainting everything:
And although, sometimes, I think... well... that wouldn't be so so bad, sit in my pyjamas all day and all that - paid to tweet and work the hallways of Facebook?
I guess I'm not the only,
not the only one...
But the thing is...
As long as it's obvious.
As long as it's not hidden.
Something just off the corner of dark grey.
After over a year being on Twitter, I guess I don't have a problem with company tweeters, especially when they're upfront about what they're doing (it's a bit annoying they're so incredibly self-centered but you get used to it - they just don't get that special word "social" in the words social media).
And some of them have indeed really made giant steps towards reaching out to Tweeters.
Some of them wear their faces.
Some of them still hide behind their company logos.
But hiding behind someone else's face?
I mean hiding behind the company logo enables them to use more than one person to communicate directly with so if you're a company, I guess, and you've got lots of employees, I guess why not? But when you load up a face in order to present an image of your company as being personal and in touch then, pretty much, you should probably make sure then that you are your face.
Not having time to tweet isn't an excuse to con others.
Let's look at what Chris did there, up above, I can trust that.
I trust Brogan, after all he's been a good voice to follow along my entry into the 'sphere and along the road into the world of Social Media. He's a very hard worker. I trust him because what he does, is always right there: smack-dab in the sunshine and let's face it, a man's gotta earn a living and all that.
He added that signpost: aff link at the end of his tweet.
So if I go on to his link, it's my choice.
If I click I know that I am consciously going to click on something he's making money off of.
But if someone I really trust in education gets paid to socially network and the story behind that isn't in the open, it's just well, really-very-on-the-down-low... then there I am, clicking on links innocently and.... mostly ending up, probably, in the beginning, on items of authentic information but then... slowly, slowly getting recommendations about an xyz course, then I'll start ending up somewhere else on someone else's site promoting some product or service and um, uh, um...
I will be spammed.
On my home turf.
From my Twitter or my Facebook Friend.
When I find out that this action of his was instead, actually, paid work, then well, here I am thinking that he's using me and a whole lot of other people, really.
Do the words unfriend and unfollow and block spring to mind?
I mean just what are all these online friendships - is it, is all this connecting and getting to know each other, just a way to get money from others? Just a way to use people? I don't want to be MissInnocentEduTwitterIsaLoveFest but I sure do hate to say it - I sure do hate to be conned...
Having the Net Advantage is not meant to be taking advantage of other people via the internet. Or is it?
What are your thoughts?
Where are we? Where are we heading today as social media explodes and the multitude of educational companies enter with two left feet...
How do you feel about teachers being approached by various educational companies to become their chief tweeters; to retweet links to their PLNs?
Do you think there should be a code of ethics in place? A requirement for transparency?
Can't we add the hashtag #paid or #sponsored or words "aff link" to these tweets too?
Or do these tweeters and their employers simply not trust us and our intelligence?
Go on, tell me:
Do you think I am just a really old-fashioned Caribbean girl who simply doesn't get it and there's actually, really, no longer any need to exist in a world that has a moral backbone?
p.s very important clarification for those not on Twitter but read my blog: the post above of the Tweet from Christina is a RT (a ReTweet) of another tweeter's musings and it does not signify that either she or the original tweeter would actually contemplate doing this activity themselves.
PLN = personal/professional learning networks (group of teachers who connect globally on Twitter and various social networking sites).
If you enjoyed this post, you may also like these:
The English Language Teachers Guide to Twitter
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Thoughts on Friendship
Thanks for your ReTweets
Facebook and the Edu-Marketers
Face on or Face Off
and from out in the blogosphere
Mike Harrison's post on Facebook & Friendship
On Going Public by Dudeney
Prestwick House shows how it's done by Jason Renshaw
Social Media Education: how?
and my favorite slideshare, updated
What the F* is social media NOW by Marta Kagan