Once upon a time, someone decided that it would be fun to journal about their life on-line, hence blogs were formed. Once folks caught on to blogging, the next item on the list was to figure out a way to make money while blogging, hence the Pay Per Post.
As it turns out, social media is no different. What once started as a way to promote, converse, and network on-line has now taken a turn toward for the worse with black market media. According to Leonard Bartholomew from the Turnkey Business Blog, there is a new site in town willing to pay you for your votes on Stumble Upon and Digg and it is creating quite a stir in social media circles……….
“Nothing motivates, and corrupts, like money and there is a new black market site that is willing to pay you for your Digg and Stumbleupon votes. The site is called Subvert and Profit.
The site will email you a number of links, not all of them pay so you will not get the fifty cents per post on every one of the links. The links that do pay are hidden. You go to Digg and Stumbleupon and vote your conscience, they do not tell you how to vote. It is only required that you do vote on every link provided.”
Leonard is convinced that if this travesty continues, what is intended to be social and democratic will surely turn into the corruption of social media as we know it.
I have to say, I’m not the least bit surprised. Money is a powerful motivator and with the incentive for income from advertising based on traffic it makes sense that site owners would pay for votes. What do you think? Is it unethical to pay for an article to hit the front page of Digg? Let me know with your comments.