I am too late to blog about this topic, I know. Blame it on my busy schedule, laziness and no mood for being politically correct (am I otherwise?), but I somehow kept procrastinating to blog about it. In the meanwhile, another blogger blogged about it, but that blogger wrote "not so good and not so right" things about our e-magazine N-zine, but more on that, in another post. Thus I am not going to tag/mention that post here :P
Alright! I cannot be politically correct!
Now, since I do not have a "pseudonymous blog identity" or a "nome de plume" for my blog, I can be easily tracked down on social networking sites. Many bloggers add me whether they read me or not. There is a purpose behind adding bloggers to the facebook list. As per the latest trend, every blogger must have a fan page for their blog on facebook. OK, let me be honest here. Even I used to have one, when I wanted to keep my blog and my personal account separate. But slowly, almost everyone learnt that I blog, thus I deleted it. Back to strangers and non-readers adding me as a friend on facebook, so that I could become a "fan" of their blog. It was still fine with me so far as they were only sending me the request. Things became irritating when some started spamming. To an extent that I had to remove those users from my account and block them. So if you happen to read this post and you are the one who is no longer on my friends' list, you know the reason now!
The fan page thing was still fine, for it never tried to do any harm to me or any other person, if you once again ignore the controversy created by a 16 years old "young professional advisor" blogger on N-zine group page which made N-zine a big hit and me a bit more famous thanks to Techgoss article :P A month or so back, I got a friend's request from someone called "We Blogger". There were a few common friends and I am too shameless when it comes to using the block button on facebook to block unwanted people, I accepted it, albeit reluctantly. After five minutes, i got the request to "follow" their fan page. :Sigh:
This fan page was the most unique one when it came to the content. They offered to "review" the blogs, "interview" the bloggers and "blogroll" them if you follow their blog! Since beginning, they were way too secretive about their real identity. After promising big things, they finally launched their site - on a co.cc domain - a free domain service provider. Bloggers blindly followed the blog and in no time, the blog had 200+ followers. Many prolific bloggers even gave an interview. Now the interesting thing here was that the questionnaire of the so called interview was copied verbatim from the Blogadda interviews. Blogadda has a better name and reputation and is a bigger and more transparent brand than Web Logger/We Blogger or whatever the real name was! When someone from Blogadda pointed this out to Web Logger people, they simply blocked the person stating the reason that he was spamming which was an utter lie!
I witnessed the whole thing. I felt there was something wrong happening out there. Thus I posted a comment on their wall, which said:
Well, I am surprised! you guys are asking everyone to "Follow" you so that you "Blogroll" them! you are skeptical to reveal your identity - fine, my problem with anonymity is well known around blogsphere, but to each his own and I respect that. But when you "add" bloggers as friends, review them, interview them and still do not reveal your identity to them? hmmm
I read your interview questionnaire. Blogadda's spokesperson was right. It is almost same as blogadda. their company matters to them as much as WeBlog is important to you. I am sorry to be blunt and rude, but you guys are here to make money at the cost of other honest bloggers. Be upfront about your intentions.
I am sorry, but I cannot associate myself with you in any manner.
My this wall post was deleted within five minutes from the page. They sent me a mail after deleting it as I unfollowed their fan page and removed them from friends' list. Their explanation for anonymity was pretty simple one. They told me whether I asked about the identity of people behind google, yahoo, facebook etc. before joining those sites! I guess I am better off without knowing such "famous" people like Web Logger!
But for me, it all comes to one thing - what all people do to become famous in the virtual world which according to me is nowhere close to the real one. They defame others, create a false impression, create unnecessary controversies, misquote others, write on sensational topics, try to gain sympathy on blogs to increase traffic or to make another venture popular (as I mentioned earlier, more on this, later. Promise ;)) and such countless tricks! I wish a fan page or a "blogroll" could make you so very popular and rich that you could retire next year! But wake up people, it does not do so!! All it does is encourage a few stupid bloggers like me to give you a bit more fame and name. But I am smart too. I will not give you a linkback :P Nor am I so famous that if people google, my blog will come first. So there you go!
Do click on the links in this post. They are one of the ways to make me famous :P Like the title says - Anything for Fame!
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