Do We Still Not Get Social Media?

October 4, 2007

From Valleywag:

A few weeks ago, Forbes editor Dan Lyons, writing as Fake Steve Jobs, wrote a devastating analysis of the One Laptop Per Child project. On Tuesday, Wayan Vota, a blogger who follows the OLPC project, responded in essence, that while he agreed with Fake Steve, he still agreed with the project’s aims. That would have been the end of it, except for a comment left on his post by “Fake Steve Jobs.” The problem? Lyons didn’t leave that comment. Vota compared the IP address that left the comment to others that he’d received and tracked it back to the Racepoint Group, the PR firm that reps OLPC. The commenter has since apologized, but the damage is done. To Kyle Austin, soon-to-be-fired flunky at Racepoint Group we say: great spin control.

Ugh. Lets get with it, people! 


One Response to “Do We Still Not Get Social Media?”

  1. George Snell Says:

    Hi Joe:
    I’m George Snell and I work for Racepoint Group where I do some of the volunteer work for OLPC. I don’t think this was a case of not understanding social media — more of a misstep.

    I’d like to point to you and your readers to our RaceTalk blog for more information:


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