John Battelle has a good piece up where he transcribes a recent conference panel with Matt Cutts from Google, Jeremy Zawodny from Yahoo!, Niall Kennedy from MSN, and Gary Price from Ask. Good points were made about how company bloggers become the voice from the company – intentional or not.
Blogging has disrupted the media gatekeepers. Anyone can be a gatekeeper with the click of a button. Audiences are smaller, more dispersed, and more specific. As people take the media into their own hands there has been a positive backlash from corporate “public relations” as they scramble to find the new media sources: bloggers.
People blog because they have something to say, they want something to do, or to generate attention. As the mainstream media shifts bloggers go from reporting news to being news (case in point, this post). This is where the backlash turns from positive to negative because rarely do they want or desire the attention from “being news”.
“My exercise in figuring out where the line was repeatedly crossing it and then be told that I crossed it. Lawyers have come into my office three times.” — Zawodny.
Is that the position a blogger wants to be in with their employer?
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