Give me you Facebook password, your money and forfeit this job

First some good articles

I did promise some friends I will share a couple of good articles with you:




Surrender your Facebook password at work – identify theft?

Have you followed the news recently? Then you heard that some interviewers are asking for Facebook passwords. They want to make sure you haven’t posted anything illegal, immoral or fattening on Facebook. But there are some things that would prevent me from getting a job.

Mind you – only if I kept some things private. Since all my posting is in the public domain, it wouldn’t be an issue. But if I did have private data, what would happen if:

  • I back Obama and the interviewer likes Romney?
  • I root for the White Sox but the interviewer likes the cubs?
  • I’m non-partisan and the interviewer is Democrat or Republican
  • I believe in dialogue and working together with members of non-Christian religions and philosophies. The interviewer is a Christian fundamentalist who feels his point of view is the only right one.
  • I believe in heterosexual relationships but the interviewer is gay.

Actually, Facebook and other social media companies can easily fix this problem. How you ask? Just add a line or two to their policies that passwords are not to be shared. Then the job application just needs to point the interviewer to the social media company policy

Then there is the problem of identity theft. What’s to prevent the interviewer from stealing your info? Mind you, I wouldn’t want to work for a company employing such a person. But it is a problem.


Social Media Outposts


Then ABC News mentioned a new scam

Scam artists monitoring social media accounts call an individual – parent, grandparent, friend, etc. They give some story where they are in big trouble – they need money. This happened to me before. Someone stole my Facebook password. They contacted a friend and had a story where they were in London. They were mugged and couldn’t get back to the US.

How did my friend know it wasn’t me? He took some writing courses with me at COD. He asked the person in trouble for the name of the instructor. The scam artist couldn’t give it. It also took me a few days to convince the Facebook tech support staff I wasn’t scamming my friends. I was a victim of identity theft.

ABC news recommends to have a code word that only family members and friends know.

Ask the person for info on items only the two of you will know.

  • Who won the last chess game you played and what was the winning move?
  • Which of the new 52 DC comics do you like best and why?
  • Who is you favorite slap stick artists – W.C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, the Marx Brothers, the Keystone Cops or Buster Keaton?

You get the picture – so does ABC news.



Is Copyblogger censoring me for criticizing a radio interview?

Am I being Censored?

It appears there is possible censorship going on at Copy Blogger.

What is censorship?

Wiki (Wiki on Censorship) defines censorship as, “suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.”

“Censorship is the height of vanity.”  – Martha Graham

Hugh MacLeod - SXSW Interactive 2011 - Austin, TX

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The interview commentary that started it

You see, I was a daily commenter on Copyblogger for several months. Then I mention that a radio show interview with Hugh MacLeod didn’t start well.

I’m qualified to critic Internet radio interviews.

I did mention I didn’t know who Hugh MacLeod is at Hugh MacLeod Copyblogger Interview.  In case these comments disappear, I made a PDF website copy with Convert Web Pages to PDF.

The owner then pointed to a written article I responded to.

Here’s my reply:

“I probably just didn’t connect the dots. Thanks for pointing this out. I’ll go back and check it.”

It’s quite possible a person writes very well.  But they come across completely inert during a Podcast.

Then someone made this comment: “Maybe you didn’t read it?”

Then I replied with this comment:

“I’ll let you in on a couple of secrets.”

Atlas Shrugged

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  1. “I read all Copyblogger posts I comment on.”
  2. “Are you ready for this shocker? I also read other blog posts throughout the day. In fact, Hub Spot can have several posts in a day. So given the variety of the authors and posts I look at – along with actually trying to work for a living – it’s an easy thing to miss. And unfortunately – I’m not one born with photographic memory.”

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”  – Henry Louis Gates

The Next Blog Post Comment

The very next day comes the next blog post at Crippling Writing Beliefs. My comment never appear in response to a writer post. Here’s what I said:

“Many good thoughts about writing today. The truth of the matter is that most people don’t make a living writing books. Most writers won’t ever be J. K. Rowling or Stephen King.”

“Nor will they win Nobel prizes, Pulitzer prizes or cut movie deals. They are on the road marketing their books, appearing at libraries, book stores, etc.”

“Writing for the audience is good – especially if you enter the commercial writing field.”

“Yet some writers write for their own reasons. They might even be discovered and become famous later. This happened to Franz Kafka (i.e. Google him and read the Wiki article). It was his friend who published many works after his death. He’s regarded one of the great 20th century existential literary writers.”

“You have to fight for your ideas. I like this. Ayn Rand‘s novel the Fountainhead was rejected by 12 publishers. She kept going. We know where this novel and Atlas Shrugged stands today.”

“And don’t let a lack of education stand in the way of commercial success. Dan Kennedy, Brian Keith Voiles and Clayton Makepeace are big names in copywriting, making over 1 million a year. But 2 never graduated from high school, and one only finished High School.”

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“Your article today keeps us going as writers. Actually just as well as any works by Napoleon Hill or Dale Carnegie would.”

Copyblogger Anti-Spam Policy

Dale Carnegie

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Now they post an anti-spam policy at Copyblogger Comment Policy. So can you tell me which spamming technique the above post falls under?

“Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off.” –
Richard King

More Tests Conducted

I tried putting out test posts of a sentence or two, during the week of April 18, 2011. Nothing showed up or appeared.

So what should I conclude? Apparently Copyblogger is applying rules of censorship.

“Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.”  – Richard King

A question for Copy Blogger

Here’s some questions for the Copyblogger staff.

  • Why did you publish my comments daily for months, then cease to publish any comments, after I criticize the interview?
  • Why do any comments I make the week starting April 18, 2011, just disappear?
  • If I am a Rebel Rouser, then why have I frequently posted comments on numerous blogs over the years – including Makepeace Total Package and HubSpot (HubSpot Blog) – yet was never banned? How do you explain this?

“Censorship is the height of vanity.” –  Martha Graham

What it reminds me of

Kind of reminds me of the old Soviet Union under communism. One day the US were racing Russia in a two-man race. The Russians lost. But a commentator at Radio Moscow said this: “The Russians and the US were in a race. The Russians came in second and the US came in next to last.”

Is this the kind of commentary that the Copyblogger blog admins like to hear?

Author Ayn Rand

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Not that they have the best content in content marketing.

“I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it. ” – Mae West

Notes to Copy Blogger admin staff

  • I hope the Copyblogger blog administration staff sees the three-part movie series on Atlas Shrugged (Atlas Shrugged – Part 1). You might learn a few lessons on censorship.
  • You might want to read the book, along with How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

If I’m being censored, it works both ways.

  • Perhaps censored posters won’t give them free publicity either, nor share by social media outlets.
  • Or if you have a large enough Twitter base, you might end up getting the kind of free publicity you don’t need.

It’s like the X-Files. Eventually, folks will discover the truth for themselves.

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.”  – Clare Boothe Luce

Note to Hugh MacLeod:

I admire Ayn Rand from a literary standpoint and her support for entrepreneurship.  I don’t admire her atheism.  In honor of Easter, listen to some podcasts by Christian motivational speaker Joel Osteen (Joel Osteen).  You will learn how to come across in an interview.

Dialogue with Copyblogger

I should add that since I published this post, I have heard from two of the Copyblogger staff and/or “friends”. They do put a different slant and interpretation on events then I do. I will try to show them the same professional courtesy showed me.  But I will take the extra step and summarize my understanding here.

If they did feel that their interpretation is correct, the proper thing would have been to email me offline. Or to put a comment to that effect, in one of my Copyblogger comments. There was plenty of time to do this in earlier months and it would be the proper PR thing to do.

Let me see if I understand this correctly! Where do you draw the line on what insights you share in areas like writing, copywriting, marketing, technology, etc. – limit it just to what the author has written or add relevant insights to the topic?

  • Do you comment on just the ideas presented in a blog post or add ideas of your own in your comments?
  • If the author writes about writing, do you stick to just commenting on what they say about writing?
  • If you add your own ideas about writing in the commentary, does this mean you didn’t read the original blog post?

Is this how Copyblogger and I see differently?

Clayton and his staff would allow the last item. But it would be like challenging Thor or Green Lantern (2 up and coming summer movies). I would never challenge a grade A superhero. I rather be an apprentice.

Apparently, Hugh is a contributing member (i.e. he writes occasional posts for them). It’s easy not to recognize this at first, if you are used to reading many blogs each day, and you have a busy schedule as an entrepreneur.

I don’t desire to post comments anymore there. Nor do I have any bad feelings towards the staff there. I wish them the best and we both will go on, and do other things.