Sometimes I wonder about people. The internet is awful, I love it, but its awful. There are a few things really driving my crazy at the moment. Lets begin with this:
If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Recently I was introduced to the latest attempt by people who should know better to trick people who might not into what I can only describe as a dirty business. I wont name names or point fingers but I will say this…Social media is not your friend. More importantly it, like everything is designed to make a profit for the people who created it. Its easy to get lost in buzz words and well rehearsed sales pitches. Its easy to forget that even if you don’t think your are, you are the customer. The most recent ‘Multi-level marketing’ scam to reach my ears is just the same as every other one to date. You cant slap the words ‘network marketing’ onto a second rate product and scam your way to riches. Yes it is technically possible to make a profit but its statistically unlikely and requires you to miss lead people with false promises and ridiculous lies. Folks, please remember if a product was so good, if its owners were so legit they wouldn’t pay people on the internet to make fake reviews. See the internet isn’t their friend either. While I was listening to their sales pitch I was reading the company history including a string of court cases. One in particular forcing them to release the actual profits made by their so called ‘brand partners’ aka customers.
Its not just shady business taking its place in the web, new kinds of businesses are out there taking money from your rage.
A particular blog has gained some notoriety lately by posting some rather strong and sexist opinions. Id like to take a minute to remind people that this person is literally making money from people posting, re-posting and commenting on his pages. The harsh words, strong opinions and exaggerated masculine rage pouring from his blog… is deliberate. Views = money, comments, shares, re posts = views. So before you respond to someones blog, before you share it, especially if you don’t agree with them, think. Do i want to add to this persons weekly pay check? Find a blogger with an opinion you do like, share that instead.
Well its late, so i call it for today.
Guys are girls, the internet is not your friend but it can be a very powerful tool. Use with care.