This is an update to a previous post. In the previous post, I was discussing claiming your blog in services like Technorati. I told people that 43Things was a legitimate traffic source, and I warned people to make “good use” of the services as they are intended.
I later commented in the comment section that 43Things closed my account and said that I was violating their terms of service. Here is my comment on that post…
Ok well scratch what I said about 43 things. While my #1 thing that I added was to build my blog into the best in the niche, I had every intention of using their service to build the community. I just attempted to login and was notified by the system that my account has been closed.
Now just imagine this… I was logging in to comment on other peoples lists of things they wanted to do. I was going to add some valuable insight into their goals. But how was I rewarded? With a F-You message.
Now let me tell you, I never even received an email notification from 43Things that my account was closed, nor did I receive an email questioning my activities. My response? Well, just like I gave Sphinn a bad review, and posted an offending IP address for a spammer, I am going to follow tradition and say that I am officially boycotting 43 Things unless I get an apology and an assurance that they are fixing their system so that they actually ban spammers, and not those intending to help them grow as a service.
This post happened on the day that I sent 43Things.com an email questioning their suspension of my account. Now, 3 days later I receive a reply to my email…
Thanks for writing. Your account was closed because of your commercial/self promotional post:
“Make my blog #1 in it’s niche
My blog http://www.brandonconnell.com is dedicated to teaching others how to make money blogging. I am climbing to #1 fast! Just waiting to reach my goal.”
On the Guidelines for our site we mention: “If you sell or promote products, services or yourself through your 43 Things page, we will suspend your account.”
Our apologies if you don’t approve of the outcome, but 43Things just isn’t a great site for promoting your blog.
My reply was…
No worries. I had fun reviewing your “service” on my blog which helped
others avoid the hassle of wasting their time with it. I was not attempting
to self promote. It was a goal. I logged in the day after to add 10 more
real goals, and to comment on others.
I am very lenient with things. But when even a “free” social network decides to treat their users like crap without explanation, I take offense. What happened was 43Things decided to shut me down without letting me know about it. I had to find out by logging in and seeing a “F-U” message. No email notification or anything!
On top of that, they have the nerve to wait 3 days to respond to my email! It is companies like this that I hope the masses get wise to. I report spam as much as the next guy, but having a blog and a goal of establish that blog is not a reason to discriminate. If someone were to post a goal of wanting to become president, should I shut down their account? If not then why? Isn’t that goal self serving? Aren’t all goals self serving?
What really has me bent out of shape here is the fact that I didn’t say “hey people, want to make money blogging? Check me out at http://www.brandonconnell.com”. Instead I stated my goal, and referenced my blog.
What I say to 43Things is this. If I ever become a billionaire and decide to buy your piece of crap called a service, I am firing every idiot who makes bad decisions like the one they made with me. — UPDATE TO THIS LAST COMMENT. That is how small they are, and how much I didn’t know about them. 43Things is comprised of no more than 5 people. LOL. http://blog.robotcoop.com/about/
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