|Still waiting for that Friday morning conference call|
I felt WebVee Guide an interesting concept, which is why I joined up. However, I simply cannot recommend, or work with, people who are so paranoid that they'd accuse me of appropriating their images and other intellectual property in my tweets and blog post promoting their web site.
They sent me a cease and desist order. Really. It came from a lawyer, who is one of the owners.
And that was only one thing they were angry about. They thought my tweets were unfair because they drove traffic to this post (which has now been changed because LAWYER!). When I agreed to be their Feature Writer, I simply didn't realize they also hired out my tweets and my blog posts. I was still labouring under the presumption that my Twitter feed remained my own and I could use it however I wanted. I also assumed that they'd be delighted that I used my blog real estate (and my own time creating it) to a blog post promoting their site. I seemed to have misjudged.
So dear readers, I have now edited away all their intellectual property and severed all relations with WebVee Guide. Before I edited this blog post, 163 of my readers looked at it. I wonder how many went to WebVee Guide to check it out?
However, before I edited this page I actually waited 2 days. I sent them an email that tried to explain how they misinterpreted and mischaracterized my actions. When I didn't hear back I agreed to cut all ties. And, that's where we are now.
I note they still have me listed as a contributor. So far I have received no hits from it.
I have had some weird relationships with publications in my 40+ years as a professional writer, but this is right up near the top.