I am not a Twitter rock star. I follow 140 people who I truly believe help me grow, and I have as of this morning 163 following me. I have found Twitter to be a powerful part of my PLN. I continually learn from my network as they post interesting comments, ideas, and links. It appears to me to embrace the concept of the Creative Commons – a community sharing alike.
When I get an email notice that someone in now following me, I check that person out to see if I should do likewise and add this person to my network (or block if it is obvious spam).
I got a notice that Todd Gilmore from Oklahoma was now following me. I checked out his Twitter account and see that he is following 1,776 and has 227 following him. From Twitter, I linked to his website – Technology Story. This is where it gets interesting. Here is what his site says:
“Executives must stay current on the happenings in the technology marketplace at this point. To do anything less is to become irrelevant as a leader. There is a fire hose of announcements, analytics, and trends getting published every day. No one with a real job could spend the time necessary to review all of this information in order to find the valuable pieces. This is what we do on your behalf. Technology Story is a filtered river of information that gets delivered every other day or so. It is reduced to easy to read bites so that you can invest as little time as possible and still be up to date on the latest. Subscribers also have the ability to search the archives in order to resurrect a piece of information they once read that has now become specifically needed. The feeds include many links to deeper resources, surveys, and recommendations. The cool Website of the day feature is alone worth the price of admission.”
The price of admission is $100 a year.
Now, I am sure Todd Gilmore and who ever he works with use more than Twitter to filter the river of information flowing each day over the web, but should I facilitate this through my Twittering? Is he brilliantly using Web 2.0 tools in a way that makes money for himself or is he using my freely given intellectual property to profit only himself? I am not seeing this as a Share Alike relationship.
Is anyone else bothered by this? Should I ignore it, block him from my Twitter account, or follow him to see if he shares through Twitter and helps my PLN grow? I would be interested in what others think.