Almost 10 years after the ClueTrain you would expect marketing professionals to no longer spam – especially not in social media based marketing networking groups. Yet that is exactly what happens all the time. I must be spending an hour a week cleaning up spam in the Marketing 2.0 group on Facebook which I created a couple of months ago.
Sometimes I just yank the spam, sometimes I write a note to the author, especially when it is somewhat borderline, sometimes I get pissy, especially when there is a lot. Spam ranges from get rich quick schemes and incredible-sounding offers to people just adding a link to their company or blog without engaging in the conversation. Sometime people I write notes to take it well, sometimes I never hear from them and sometimes they get mad. One guy, who kept plastering the group with a link to his blog, sent me emails adding up to almost 1,200 words now – telling me that I did not understand the meaning of the word spam, that he would “interpret (my) note as a stupid act by a guy who’s intelligent in at least some respects,” and eventually graduating to telling me that “The so-called Web 2.0 world doesn’t need another pompous ass.” …he also told me that I should apologize.
Maybe I should follow Chris Anderson’s lead and just have a note in the group that lists those people who do not get it.
…but wait, it was the threat of doing exactly that which sent the poor chap over the edge…so this could actually be a dangerous course of action 🙂