A few nights ago I posted here about this blog having been visited by NetVocates. Little did I know, when I did, that quite a few others would suddenly pop out of the woodwork and do their own sleuthing and the debate about “paid for trolling” would start to spread.
I think a lot of bloggers share my concern about the idea of people being paid to post, even if they’re only being paid to post about, as Chip says in his reply to my original post: “ask [their] activists to only engage on issues they actually believe in. Second, [NetAdvocates] ask everyone not to lie about anything. Third, [they] ask [their] activists not to create multiple online personalities to engage in blogosphere conversations.”
And that’s where the apology comes in. I originally misread this rebuttal and gave Mr. Griffin, the guy behind NetVocates and CustomScoop, an easy ride. Having re-read the post following LOTS of inbound traffic relating to the post and from NetVocates itself, I’m feeling a bit quesy again – paying someone to post is paying for trolling, anyway you look at it. Thanks villageblog for the investigative work, and excellent post, you made on this matter. You’ve moved the debate about netvocates (and other online sockpuppet services) forward…
[see my other posts about netvocates]