Tuesday, September 23, 2008

F9 Group Inc spins the truth

Mission accomplished, the offending unattributed content has been taken down, complete with all other CF blogs. they cite the fact that the RSS feeds don't provide enough information to attribute the blog articles back to the author... ahem, bullshit!

Reading on they are going to steal unattributed content from .NET and PHP blogs instead (same RSS problem right?), super guys, thanks for reinforcing my great impression of marketing people....

It was also suggested that I should remove my public RSS feed if I had a problem with them syndicating my content!

As marketers they should also understand language.

Calling a site a blog as in http://blog.f9group.com implies that it is their own content, http://blogs.f9group.com also implies it's their content.
www.cfbloggers.org on the other hand, clearly implies it's an aggregator.

they claimed to always link back to the site, but as the cache shows this wasn't true.



Note the blog title is not a link as can be seen by the cursor and I don't see my name on that page, which they admit in the Coldfusion removed entry, despite the legal notice claiming that they do?

"does not provide the article in its entirety and displays both the author of the article and the Uniform Resource Locator back to the original article from which it was obtained."


UPDATE: 25/09/08 The legal note has been changed but listed under the same entry and date, so for completeness of the record, I present the cached version which looks like this:



The other issue I had was that this page was presented as being indexable by google.



This marketing company seems to really have a good handle on public relations....

6 comments:

Zac Spitzer / Fastmovingtarget said...

For the record the legal note has been now changed, backdated of course...

SEglington said...

How fast did they remove the content? I still see they have C# content up there.

Pretty sure you gave those blokes traffic beyond their wildest expectations.

Zac Spitzer / Fastmovingtarget said...

They removed it faster than McCain could bow out of trying to win the election!

My posts have been showing up consistently on the front page of google in one way or another for their company name!

SEglington said...

Might want to ask them to submit a request to google to remove it from the search results and cache results, that will tell you if they are truly serious or not.

I know it can be done.

SEglington said...

Might want to ask them to submit a request to google to remove it from the search results and cache results, that will tell you if they are truly serious or not.

I know it can be done.

sorry if this is a duplicate post, firefox freaked out on me.

Zac Spitzer / Fastmovingtarget said...

they all 404 now, so it won't take long for them to disappear forever from google