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Robert Scoble, drama never ends

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    l000000l

    Robert would absolutely make a killing in Hollywood as a day time soap cameo actor.

    Like people really are going to be this mentally and emotionally destroyed because of an app status update on a Facebook page. Wow. just .... wow.

    Should I feel ashamed for laughing through the whole video?

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    blowdart

    It's ok, he'll change his mind in a week once he has his hit count.

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    l000000l

    If I was an iOS developer, and who knows whether I am or not, I would be sorely tempted to start a line of apps called "Robert Scoble Select" similar to the "President's Choice" food brand.

    The apps would be yet another version of popular apps except they would categorically include every feature Robert Scoble has a hissy fit over.

    They would notify Robert Scoble every time somebody downloads an installs the app to further upset him into giving the entire line free publicity forever and push the apps to the top of the app store for eternity making the creator a multi-mega millionaire.

    That look of disgust is all people need to rush over to the app store and start purchasing.

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    JoshRoss

    I really hate all of this social crap. Does anyone know of a good anti-social site? A short feature list might include, listing your enemies, things you don't like, places you won't go, and a dozen different kinds of dislike buttons. Someone might only need one reason to like something, but I have all kinds of reasons why I dislike something.

    One of the things I would dislike would be fake indignation, if you can't pull it off, then don't.

    -Josh

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    l000000l

    @JoshRoss:  never mind.

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    Maddus Mattus

    @JoshRoss: I like! Oh wait,..

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    elmer

    , JoshRoss wrote

    I really hate all of this social crap. Does anyone know of a good anti-social site?

    That's just a social site by another name.

    What you want is a site that people have no interest in and can't be bothered visting.

    I think MySpace had that one nailed.

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    Ian2

    @JoshRoss:

    , JoshRoss wrote

    I really hate all of this social crap. Does anyone know of a good anti-social site? A short feature list might include, listing your enemies, things you don't like, places you won't go, and a dozen different kinds of dislike buttons. Someone might only need one reason to like something, but I have all kinds of reasons why I dislike something.

    One of the things I would dislike would be fake indignation, if you can't pull it off, then don't.

    -Josh

    @elmer:

    *snip*

    That's just a social site by another name.

     

    Sounds like you need to buy a gun ...

    : )

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    cbae

    I fully support anything that turns Facebook into a stomping ground for advertising and spamming.

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    l000000l

    @cbae: that's not the point. The app authors made a bad mistake. They had a great opportunity to play a game with a highish traffic resource. They fix whatever he's crying about then as soon as the sales decline you do something to piss him off again, then fix that.

    Rinse and repeat == $$$

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    Heywood_J

    , JoshRoss wrote

    I really hate all of this social crap. Does anyone know of a good anti-social site? A short feature list might include, listing your enemies, things you don't like, places you won't go, and a dozen different kinds of dislike buttons. Someone might only need one reason to like something, but I have all kinds of reasons why I dislike something.

     

    i saw a comic strip about this a couple of months ago.  Two programmers are talking and one of them says "you can 'friend' someone, why can't you 'enemy' someone?"  And then they decide to write an app to do that.

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    blowdart

    , l000000l wrote

    They fix whatever he's crying about then as soon as the sales decline you do something to piss him off again, then fix that.

    What he's crying about has been that way for years. Of course apps post to your wall, they all do.

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    l000000l

    @blowdart: You should have realized this, but I will explain it to you.

    He's complaining about the lack of user initiated post to the status updates. Usually if you complete an Amazon sale or you watch a video on VUDU, it will ask you if you want to post a status update to Facebook, and *in some cases* it will let you add a comment above the status update before you post it.

    Robert is wrong saying that most apps let you add this comment. For instance if you watch a movie on VUDU on PS3 you can not add a comment before you post the status update.

    The other case is where you have subscribed to an app that will post status updates for you. But in this case the user has initiated the subscription.

    Glassdoor in many ways is like the subscription method.

    But like you said Robert is just playing "Angry Robert" to get traffic. I dunno how long he held his breath to get his face that red, but I commend him on the effort.

    At any rate, Glassdoor should have done something along the lines of:

    "Oh, yes, Mr. Scoble, you're absolutely right...."(enunciated with a lisp)

    Then update the app the same day and have Scoble update the post to say he won.

    After a few weeks, they do something that they know will anger him again, and have "anonymous" employees email him about it.

    He posts something like:

    but I trusted Glassdoor and they deceived me, bla, bla, bla....

    ... then you fix it again and continue.

    Eventually you have enough press to hire other people to continue the cycle without you and go to the Bahamas. 

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    cbae

    @l000000l: I don't know how getting some self-important douchebag blogging for Rackspace to rant about your product qualifies as "press".

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    l000000l

    @cbae: Disingenuous? Maybe. Leeches unfairly from the tech industry? Possibly.

    I wouldn't call him a douchbag though. Robert just saw an opportunity to make money with his opinions and some amateur drama, and he took it.

    He's one of the few people that made millions off of what amounts to pure loitering, and lived to tell about it.

    Robert Scoble is great because he sold his social engineering experiments as being legitimate and people, albeit few of them, bought it.

    I don't think even Robert is foolish enough to actually believe himself or take himself seriously.

    That doesn't mean Glassdoor should have squandered an opportunity to exploit his online soap opera.

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    Richard.Hein

    I totally agree with Robert on this issue and it doesn't matter if everyone has been doing this kind of thing for a long time or not; he's still right.  Even if you don't like someone, you can still agree with them.  But I don't have anything against Robert Scoble except for the way he left C9 and the immediate aftermath.

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    Blue Ink

    @Richard.Hein: I would agree with you, in principle. But privacy - as we knew it - is already gone down the drain and it's a problem that trascends the petty issue of an app taking liberties with your FB wall. Scoble's outrage is totally out of proportion, and the solution he proposes is laughable: yet another scary dialog nobody will ever pay attention to. Seriously?

    I give credit to Scoble to have been around the tech industry long enough to know better than that, which makes me think privacy isn't really what he's after.

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    wastingtime​withforums

    But I don't have anything against Robert Scoble except for the way he left C9 and the immediate aftermath.

    What did he do?

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