One of the world’s most famous marketing blogs, Marketing Conversation™, published an intriguing article with the title: Social Media Jackass. The title implies “Social Media Fool” or “Social Media Donkey.” Initially, I thought it would be a humorous and informative article with a witty title. However, the entire article was bursting with rebellion in every aspect. I found this article quite fascinating, and I shared it via Google Reader. However, when I checked about an hour later, I noticed that the article had been taken down from the site. For those who missed it, I’m providing the original and translated versions of the article below, and I leave the interpretation to you.
Here is the translation of the article:
Are you a blogger? (In other words, are you a citizen journalist?)
Can everyone see your contact information?
Do people ask you about the latest news on the topics you write about?
Do people complain that they can easily communicate with you?
After becoming friends with someone on Facebook, have you ever complained about something they wrote, commented on, or recommended?
After following someone on Twitter, have you ever complained that they tweet too much?
If the above applies to you, you are a Social Media Jackass. Shut your mouth and listen: this happened by your choice. You “exposed yourself” and put your contact information where everyone can find it. You will be exposed to things that both you find cool and things that only the person who wrote it finds cool. You are the one who made it a part of your life. And now it’s time for you to own it.
If you complain about spam on Facebook and Twitter, shut up! You opened up to these channels, and you can leave anytime. Just hit “unfollow” or “unfriend.” It shouldn’t be that hard, right!
Stop being stupid. If you receive a page suggestion on Facebook or a direct message on Twitter, don’t consider it a violation of your personal rights. It’s not a violation. You are a grown man/woman. Stop whining.
If you don’t like receiving emails, don’t share your email address. You’ll miss out on a lot of cool things, but that’s what you want! If you want to talk to the world but don’t want it to talk to you, just delete your information. No one will bother you again.
By unfollowing those people/brands, you will save everyone from a big problem.
What are your thoughts on the content of the article?