Rachel Sklar at Mediate just dropped an awesome review of kommons. You can read it here—she described the site as, “Formspring meets Twitter meets “Meet The Press.”
The headline tweeted out was:
Two thoughts on this:
1.) It is absolutely true although I’m not quite sure how it’s sneaky. We do not personally pay those who answer kommons questions and have no plans to start writing checks. We, like Twitter, Facebook, Quora, and the majority of social websites formed in the past decade think injecting content payment into the site would turn it into Mahalo. Instead of payment, our incentive to someone wondering whether to answer a question directed to them is a fair and simple forum to get their views out.
2.) Every Newspaper or Magazine who requests an interview has been ‘sneakily asking you to blog,’ since the dawn of time. The difference (and what I added as a comment to the article) is that when the NYT or CNN asks to interview you, you often get the short end of the stick. You don’t have control over how your answer is published (or even what part of your answer is published). They can cut most of it, highlight inflammatory portions, and when the shit hits the fan, there often isn’t an ‘official transcript’ of the interview. It’s your word vs. theirs. We think that’s an ass backwards deal for the person being interviewed and there is no reason it needs to be the case. Just tell them to direct a question to you on kommons. Like I do here.
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