My Amazon author page!!!!
Over the past 12 months I have read about a number of employers who have terminated their relationship with people because of Facebook posts, tweets and blogs. I understand why that is the case, the world of publicity no longer follows the old rule (any publicity is better than no publicity). Today companies are very worried about the impression people have of both what they produce, and their customer service.
I wonder about that. Not that its wrong, people should care deeply about their reputation but the reality of the world is you can learn as much from negative posts as you ever will from positive glowing reviews. I ran a magazine for a teaching society in the early 1990’s. We published reviews and I have published my personal reviews as well on my blog since then. When we (Martin Dow and I) were doing the magazine we would make sure that every single product we were sent was in fact reviewed. Good or bad we reviewed every product that was shared with us. I had people write letters to the editor about the fact that they learned more in the reviews of bad products than the good ones. You see a good review lives in the world of the reviewer not the user that is reading the review. You have to find reviewers who have similar styles to you for the review to be of value.
Now, since I am not getting free stuff anymore, I review only things that I like. If you see me carrying something and I haven’t reviewed it, then I suspect you would find me saying it really wasn’t good. I wonder about that, because I link that back to what companies are doing. They don’t want the negative messaging 0out there. I wonder about that. In fact I wonder if I should change my review policy and just review everything including the restaurants (I used to be the restaurant reviewer for Bloomington Indiana’s City Beat until it went out of business). Shouldn’t I be honest instead of only reviewing things I like? For example I got an android phone. My nephew, whom I think is quite brilliant, recommended it to me while I was still working for the Evil Empire (does that count as a review?). I was a heavy user of Windows Phone (both personally heavy and I only used windows phones) but when I left Microsoft I tried one. Without doubt the best screen I have ever had on a phone. But everything else about the phone was not as good as either the IPhone or the Windows Phone 7. So while I played with it I never really did a full review of it.
So my five all time favorite places:
- Kuala Lumpor
Five Places I really don’t like all that much:
- Lexington Kentucky
- Detroit Michigan
- Minneapolis Minnesota
- Seattle Washington
Its only fair to review both what you like and what you hate. Now for all those companies that don’t listen to their employees and end up firing them because they had something to say and no where to say it, to bad for you. In the end by stifling the voices of people who care enough to have opinions that are different than the company line you weaken the company line.
We all operate from a mixed bad – what we do with that information shows the kind of person we are (or may become).