Well, I am the exception, I am NOT writing about the deal
When I first installed it on my blog, I thought this was all about providing useful outbound stats (who clicked what..etc). Then the faceroll showed up, and before we noticed, MyBlogLog transformed itself into a social networking tool for bloggers. That’s all fine, I like it and use it.
But recently I am starting to get spammed. Probably not “bad” spam, just a network’s growing pains – contact notifications from people I’ve never before heard about. I went through this with LinkedIn, until I established my own “less is more” ground rules. Now, let’s recognize that LinkedIn is primarily for business, and by definition is more restrictive – online contacts there should really reflect one’s real-live network. I feel MyBlogLog is more open, there is room for creating new “friendships” online – yet I think it would be helpful to establish some protocol before contact-hunting escalates to far.
Making someone a contact is not the only way to network, and if we don’t already know each other, it’s certainly not the right initial step. That’s what joining each other’s blog communities and sending messages are for. But frankly, “interesting read!” is not a message – if this was a blog-comment, it would be borderline spam. Which brings up the other point – if you join someone’s blog community, supposedly you’re interested in actually reading the blog itself, will likely engage in a conversation through comments or trackbacks, and soon you will really know each other – that’s the right time to add them as a contact.
By following this simple protocol, we can keep MyBlogLog spam-free. What to you think?