However, in true “big search engine” style, they’re also using it as a Trojan horse to introduce a system for tagging spam. According to TechCrunch…
The company is also asking users to help fight spam by tagging spammy sites with the word â€œSchmoe,â€ which they say stands for â€œSocial Media Optimizerâ€ (SchMOe). The team will review those tags and associated sites and take appropriate action.
Since when did social media optimization become spam? Isn’t MyBlogLog itself nothing but a network to optimize connections between social media sites? I mean really, how successful does MBL expect to be, if it doesn’t want the participation of those that know the value of building a social network for their site? I think this is crazy and I’m not the only one.
And what are the legal ramifications of allowing just anyone to publicly label another a spammer? Calling someone a spammer – or allowing them to be called one- could be a huge detriment to their reputation, and something they may wish to contest in a libel case.
MBL – by all means have a system for people to report spam, which you investigate internally, but you should reconsider this public outing. History shows that it’s never savory to have one “superior” demographic label another “inferior.” And don’t try telling me that it is “ok” because the tags can be removed by the member-owner, that’s not good enough.
Sigh, and I though MBL might be on the path to me finally using them again.