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FTC Looking to Crack Down on Perks for Bloggers

This has to be the stupidest thing I have heard of. A personal blog is a personal blog and when the government starts telling people what they can and can’t do with their own personal blogs… WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE!

…What some fail to realize, though, is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.

The practice has grown to the degree that the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest

More here

Am I Protected by Shield Laws? Do I Need To Respond to a Question on My Blog?

I just received the following comment on my blog, and I pretty much have waited to respond to the person in question before I send something off to him/her.

…My question how did you get hold of this material (without filmmuseum logo)? I am very interested in your answer…

I have no disrespect in the question they asked, I’m just curious if I actually have to tell the buggah how I found the clip.

This is the clip in question that I posted on April 23rd.  It has been re-posted to other sites and linked to my site as me being the one that found it online.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQSBOEbEqzU&hl=en&fs=1&]

I have no way to tell if the buggah will read this again…

So in full disclosure to anyone reading this…

I simply typed in “Hawaii” at the youtube search engine and it was the first video that popped up as a recent video.  I guess I just checked at the right time as their are thousands of videos loaded with the tag of Hawaii everyday.

Now should I have to take this off my blog or something?

Hawaii Tourism Authority Hiring Mainland Bloggers

Now this pisses me off!

…Visitor Arrivals to Hawaii have been down for more than a year straight. But as summer approaches, the tourism industry is hoping for a rebound. Everything from billboards to blogs are being used to keep Hawaii on the map….
…”Next will be to get that message onto the world wide web. HTA plans on hiring notable internet bloggers to tour the islands and spread the aloha…”

More Here

Now why the heck is the Hawaii Tourism Authority going to Hire notable Mainland Bloggers when we have Notable bloggers right here in Hawaii that could say the same damn thing.

What in the heck is all the money that is being sunk in to the HTA’s Website being spent for?

I just sent the following email off to the HTA and I look forward to seeing what type of response I get:

Aloha,

My name is Damon Tucker and I’m a “Blogger” here on the Big Island. I have my personal blog as well as administer a blog site called “FBI Blogs” (See Below).

On KHON2 News on Monday, May 4th 10:00 show, you mentioned the following:

“…Next will be to get that message onto the world wide web. HTA plans on hiring notable internet bloggers to tour the islands and spread the aloha…”

I would like to know why you are hiring mainland bloggers when we have excellent talented bloggers right here in Hawaii?

I would like to know what you are offering these bloggers with our tax payer money.

Furthermore, I would like to be considered as a blogger for one of these positions.

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker
Pahoa, Hawaii