No time for anything. Soon I will not even have time to complain about not having time. I am savouring complain-time while I can, yet I have time for this quick one.
Fake Stephen Conroy was outed yesterday as Leslie, an employee of Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company. As a result, Fake Stephen was forced off twitter.
Telstra deny this, saying in a blog post that "Telstra did not shut down Leslie's Twitter account."
I don't believe it. I side with Leslie/Fake Stephen on this one.
But that's all backstory. This is what really pisses me off about the whole thing: At the end of that blog post I mentioned earlier, Telstra crow about how "Telstra is learning the best way to engage in social media - notice our response has come in the form of a blog versus a media release" and that "We believe transparency promotes credibility. This post is about getting the facts into the open."
If Telstra were really concerned about transparency and being masters of engaging social media they wouldn't have restricted the comments on their blog to members only. I wanted to leave a comment, but I could only do so if I filled in the following form:
That's a lot of compulsory fields, Telstra! Would you like my first-born as well?
There is no way I am creating a special account with your website simply so I can comment. It appears nobody else does either. At the time of writing there is only one comment on that blog post. Commenting on a blog should be a given.
The kicker? Telstra's blog is called Now We Are Talking. No Telstra, we are not talking. Your blog is talking at us, claiming things as fact that are contested elsewhere, and you are making it as difficult as possible for us to talk back at you. You have also killed a clever, whimsical, Web 2.0 parody of one of our foremost politicians. You fail at social media. Go home and let us have Fake Stephen back. He never did anything to hurt you (ever!)