Gabe Rivera of Memeorandum left a couple of comments for me to wake to this morning. They relate to my antics a few weeks ago.
I think it is only fair to Gabe that I highlight his comments to my blog's readers.
I want to leave some belated comments here. Because I was mostly away from the Internet the first time around and even now your page ranks high in a Google search for "memeorandum".
I think you omitted, intentionally or not, touching on a lot of important points that undercut your assertion.
First, a memorandum “hacker” must be a blogger with an established reputation and in doing so risk their reputation and the prospect of future placement on the site by “hacking”. I think it’s mistaken to assume that lots of bloggers will do this.
Second, one needs to spam their own site to spam memeorandum. Your screencast asserts that we should expect Viagra ads on the site soon. It seems doubtful to me that influential tech bloggers will blog about Viagra to bring about this result. Remember, anonymous link farms which affect Web search aren’t seen by memeorandum in the first place.
Third, memeorandum can even be policed in real time. It’s just a page, not a search engine. It requires about 1/10 of a human to check headlines. I think you’ve applied a search engine mindset to something that isn’t a search engine.
Finally, I have a problem with some of the images you posted to document your efforts, since disappeared quietly. They were misleading, and had the effect of exaggerating the impact that the hacking had to readers not intimately familiar with my site. You even planted the words “Memeorandum hacked – the return” where there were none onto a supposed screenshot of my site. I think that was a low blow, and unfair for your readers too. "
"Oops, I was mistaken about the "disappeared quietly", this was the post where you included the misleading image. (I had multiple people ask me if the above photoshopped image actually occurred.) "
OK, all fair points Gabe.
First, I want to thank you for building Memeorandum. It is a seriously great product. I'm going there regularly to see what's 'hot'.
Second, as you confirmed, I haven't removed any images I posted. I had to remind myself and find the offending image where I 'planted' the words 'Memeorandum hacked'. This is the post. It was not the intention to mislead, but I see what you mean - the pic looks like I had inserted into the page which was clearly not what happened. No actual 'hacking' took place.
So Gabe, I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please view my antics as just my beleated adolescence coming out. And thanks for taking the time to comment.
Now, all I need is to have a couple of other bloggers to link to this post and we'll