I got an email today from Candace aka @mamanista letting me know that a good portion of my post about developmental milestones was on a site called Trigeia.com. In her email she wrote (reprinted with permission):
I asked some legitimate questions about their business model. They evaded, were rude, and then removed my content.
I popped over to take a peek and sure enough, there was my post (amidst other scraped posts) with a "submitted by Trigeia" byline, no mention of CityMama, and a "read more" that linked to my original post.
I sent them an email asking them to remove the content (and another when it wasn't removed right away) and heard nothing, so I jumped onto to Twitter to ask if anyone else had gotten their content scraped by Trigeia.
In quick succession, I received three "@" responses (you can also see them by searching twitter.com/trigeia) Edited to add: they seem to be removing some of the more hostile tweets in their stream in an attempt at "revisionist history." Good thing I have screen shots.
@CityMama why is it that you are ok with your articles on Alltop but you are not ok with your articles on Trigeia?
@CityMama we are working very hard to make sure our users and reader bounce to the sites that are being featured on our site
I don't mind people linking to my posts or even quoting them. But posting them on a site which contains completely unoriginal content to make it look like the content is yours? And trying to make money via advertising off of my uncredited work which you did not obtain permission to use? Nuh-uh.
My response (and you can search twitter.com/citymama to see the entire convo.)
Seems Candace isn't the only one that has been bullied by Trigeia. Tanis from Redneck Mommy messaged me on Twitter to tell me that she sent them an email yesterday and also was treated, ahem, poorly.
I went on to explain:
As of this afternoon Trigeia was Twittering that they were in a "battle" with me (what is this, high school?) and other moms. A battle. For asking for our original content to be removed from their scraper site.
Yet at the same time, they Twitter about how important it is for them to "not piss anyone off" and build community.
And I have to say, Trigeia twittering to try to send people to my original post to leave nasty comments was a particularly nice "community building" touch.
They are also telling folks who saw the Twitters going back and forth that our emails are apparently worth seeing!:
At the time of this writing, their site is completely down so I can't actually verify that my content is off their site. I'm not sure what other bloggers have written, but if the following 4 sentences are something people "should see," I venture to say that other bloggers must be less polite-er folk than I:
How to do social media wrong? Get onto Twitter and instead of taking responsibility for your actions, tweet and retweet how you are the one wronged and misunderstood all the while letting the world see that your words do not jibe with your mission statement. Send people to a website claiming you're in a battle with the blogger under the guise of community building. "LOL" about being "bashed" by a bunch of "moms," as if we are the ones who have no idea what we are talking about or who have no power. Trigeia, you have no idea.
Updated to add (because things have gotten weirder since I wrote this post): How else to do it wrong? Having your wife tweet me pretending like she's an innocent bystander:
See, their first mistake was presuming that I gave a rip about my site traffic. News flash: I don't! I'm glad she reached out because it's with her "why have an RSS feed" tweet below that we finally see the method behind their madness:
How I do it? Ask a question. Hear from other members in your community who all have the same exact problem, get encouragement from peers who tried to do something about it and got nowhere, and set about fixing it in your own way.
Again, I will not be Twitter-bullied by a company who claims to be all about connecting people with their passions. By a company who steals content from bloggers and tries to pass it off as their own. By a company who bullies mom bloggers into backing down. And I know I am not alone.