A while ago I added a new “Friend” on Twitter named TwitterLit. The first line of his bio reads “Twittering the first lines of books so you don’t have to.” This sounded like an interesting idea at first - Twittering book teasers. Maybe I’d find something I’d like to read.
For weeks I’ve seen his tweets and never thought anything of it. Until today’s tweet when I clicked on the link that was attached. Turns out it isn’t a link to his book review, or to the author’s page - it’s a referral link to Amazon! No content, no review, just a link. Is that spam I smell?
Now this may seem contradictory as I have advertisements and use Amazon’s referral service myself. The big difference is that I’m not just posting a link to the site. If I link to Amazon, I’ve written a book review. If I display an advertisement on the site, it is marked as such.
Care to try to convince that I’m wrong? Want to add fuel to fire and help prove that I’m right? Post a comment.
Monday, August 6th, 2007