Just remember, when you do anything online, it is never anonymous. even when you’re pretending to be someone else.
The Fake Steve Jobs blog [FSJ], a hilarious satirical blog on Apple’s leader, recently ripped apart the ‘One laptop per child’ [OLPC] leaders and projects. OLPC News followed up with an article agreeing ith the thrust of FSJ’s comments [largely that the OLPC project was deeply unrealistic].
Cue some surprise when the comments are joined by FSJ, attacking the author of OLPC News. Following some IP searches, the attack turned out to have been written by someone from OLPC’s PR agency.
Tut tut. Bad enough not being transparent in blog comments, let alone pretending to be someone else entirely. There’s only so many times you can say it, but transparency really is key. Unless you want to be the AE/AM putting your hand up and ‘fessing up to a very public embarrassment for your agency.
[I’ve been a bit Apple-orienttated with this week’s posts…can you tell I’ve just got a new macbook?!]