There are a few things in this world that we all know and take for granted, because they are inevitable, reflecting fundamental laws of the universe, nature, space and time.
- that googling “Vancouver blogger” will always turn up Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 in the #1 spot. notthatwearejealousatall!
- that giant, soulless corporations will behave soullessly
- that tone-deaf, obliviously old-fashioned organizations will make heinous blunders in social media, and that they will be caught out, brutally
Well, there you go.
Yes, not only did they steal her post, but when she brought it to their attention that the post had been stolen, they tried to hide the fact by deleting her name but keeping the post.
Judge for yourself. Here’s the original article, written for TourismVancouver, and here is the stolen article, which was used without notice, permission or payment. According to Rebecca, Tourism Vancouver is aware of this as an ongoing issue with the NBC Olympic site, and has been battling them for some time over it.
You can see what (predictably) happened to the dialogue on Twitter, an even 70 mentions since she first put the word out.
- AdrianMrdeza Not kosher. RT @Miss604 Wow, #NBCOlympics went from republishing my article without notice to REMOVING my name and keeping the article up. about 7 hours ago from web
- cognoscento Dumb! RT @Miss604 Wow, #NBCOlympics went from republishing my article without notice to REMOVING my name and keeping the article up. about 7 hours ago from TweetDeck
- sthorntonAPR RT @CathyBrowne: Unforgiveable! RT @Miss604: Wow, #NBCOlympics went from re-publishing my article without notice to REMOVING my name, ke … about 7 hours ago from web
- urbanmixer What wankers! RT @Miss604 Wow, #NBCOlympics went from republishing my article without notice to REMOVING my name and keeping the article up. about 7 hours ago from HootSuite
Terms used to describe NBC, as you can see, varied from “not kosher” to “wankers” and worse. Just to do my part, I posted it to Facebook, retweeted it a couple of times, blogged it here, and (probably most importantly) submitted it to the tipline at Gawker, which is read by pretty much everyone who matters in the world of news and is famously hungry for tales of old media doing stupid, nasty things to new media, which sums up this situation perfectly. Then I went to the NBC Olympic site and informed them of it, using their comment form. If I’d been able to find their host, I’d have reported them for blog scraping, which typically results in a guilty blog going down within 24 hours in my experience. If ONLY they’d been hosted by WordPress.com under their VIP program, like CNN, I could have had some real fun with that; I may not have many strings to pull, but the ones I have are good ones.
Now that we’ve shit disturbed for the Greater Good, it’s time to hit the hay and give NBC some time to react. Tomorrow should be interesting, particularly for the PR department of NBC.