Saying it in 200 Characters


You may have noticed a change in the last day or two. I changed my feed settings from full to summary. This was a necessary change for a variety of reasons, including that my blog feed was being streamed by some very unsavory sites.

While I understand all the arguments in favor of letting anyone reprint your stuff, that's not what I want. People have been abusing the full text feed at an increased rate, and it has become cumbersome and non-productive to protect the fruit of my labor. It's bad business, poor ROI.

After almost five years of producing original content daily, I cannot keep up with the scrapers anymore. So now it's a partial feed. In looking at my site's analytics I noticed that most people read my posts from links shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Comments are often more plentiful at those networks as well. The Twitter account I created upon request by the community to just stream my posts counts more than 750 followers who prefer to get my posts via links there.

I realize this won't suit everyone. I'd rather spend my time creating content worth clicking to read than creating DMCA notices.

Everything on the site is free for personal use, as it always has been. You have 1,570 free, business-facing posts in my public archives. Those remain accessible. As do the daily posts. Just click through on the topics that interest you. And you still may subscribe by email.

Think of it as me curating my own content. Just like PSFK, Search Engine Land, Chris Elliott, Nick Carr, Shiv Singh, and many more.

Thank you for reading Conversation Agent.


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0 responses to “Saying it in 200 Characters”

  1. When I’m bopping through my Google Reader or MobileRSS on my iPhone or iPad, I often get annoyed at posts that only show the summary. I don’t like having to leave the application I’m in, open another window, etc.. But, I totally understand where you’re coming from here and will try to keep that in mind and continue to click through. Thanks for opening my eyes to the other side of the feed. 🙂

  2. I could show you examples and screen shots of really bad online practices, which alas are being sold to people unwilling to do the work as legitimate. The Web has changed a great deal in that so many more think there is a silver bullet for *them*. It was a decision I didn’t make lightly, because I also read feeds in Google Reader and the extra click through is more work. Thank you for understanding and for the comment, which I’m sure cost you extra clicks 😉

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