BzzAgents Suck ” Doc speaks up! (or “Whatever happened to that guy Seth Godin?”)

Doc just gave his verdict on BzzAgents:

“Several people have asked me what I think about BuzzAgent, so here’s my joint answer to all of them: It sucks.”

Doc goes on to state that “BuzzAgent and its clients are being surreptitious and false, and spreading a virus of falsity through its agents.”

Doc gets it, but that’s no surprise to anyone.

Every intelligent person I’ve met has said that they think lying to the public is not a good thing. To hear Doc take a position sure makes me feel better. It was starting to feel like me and Stowe were lone voices crying in the wilderness. I’d like to see some other folks step up and take a position on this (Jeff, Fred, Gordon, Dan Seth Godin?!).

Seth Godin now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time.

I once knew a guy named Seth Godin. He stood for truth, justice and well, you know all the rest. He was great guy.

Seth Godin, I tell ya, he was one of those folks who you just loved to talk to. Check that, he was one of those folks you loved to listen to.

I was about 24 years old, back in 1995, when I met Seth Godin for the first time. I think it was at an AOL content partners conference, but I could be wrong. Everyone was talking about him. It was before Fred and Jerry at Flatiron Partners invested in Yoyodyne. Seth got it early on, and I learned a lot from him.

The biggest lesson was when I added his name to my email list. I would send out my ideas about Silicon Alley and he, rightfully, pointed out that I had never asked him to put him on my list. He educated me about this new term called “opting in,” which I’d never heard about. Those were the days.

Seth was the champion of the user, and fought for protecting them and establishing ethics online long before anyone was talking about not being evil.’

Yep, that was then but some time around 2004 Seth Godin, he just just vanished! No one knows where he went he just stopped talking about the issues and faded away.

Was it all just a dream?

You see, Seth Godin ideas were the inspiration for BzzAgent according to the founders.

Seth, if you’re listening from your Fortress of Solitude, let me tell ya I’m not trying to do any “gotcha” journalism here. I know you don’t agree with deceiving the public, I know there’s still some good left in you!

However, your silence in the face of BzzAgents a) working for your publisher to promote your book, b) being mentioned (endorsed?) in your book, and c) them claiming they are following your ideas, is really making people wonder what is going on. Like, are you an investor in the company or something?

I’m at a lost to explain how Seth Godin could sit by and let someone use his name to build a business like this. The Seth Godin I knew would have come out swinging, maybe it was a different Seth Godin?

No one even knows what happened to Seth Godin. He was here one day, leading the discussion, and then the next day he was gone. It seemed that all of Seth Godin’s talk about ethics, transparency and doing the right things, well, those lessons just applied to everyone else. Seth couldn’t put himself under the microscope he designed.

Seth, tell me you haven’t gone over to the Dark Side. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.

I miss the old Seth he was one of the good guys.

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