When few month ago my Newsvine account was shut down because someone reported me as spaming network I just swallowed it and continue to work with others even though I didn’t think I was guilty of any offense. Yes, I have shared my own posts in addition to other sites but only sparingly and as far as I was concerned – I contributed Content.

Well interestingly enough I see more and more bloggers get attacked by zealots who seem to dominate social sharing networks and to avoid being flamed here are some examples …

Jack Humphrey recently wrote couple articles where he shares his outrage on account been suspended, apparently due to someone reporting him. Since he is a well respected blogger he managed to draw the person who marked him as bad user and now that person is trying to justify himself. Funny how that works ….

And here is another example Caroline Middlebrook who got hit by a few zealots from Stumble and they were none too polite to ensure that their message gets across.

I think its actually quite funny because each case above generated a flow of traffic for both bloggers and even though it might be a short term – it still did the opposite to what was intended …

Now, this post is not to say that you should go on and ignore TOS defined by each service as we all have to follow it if we want to participate in those networks. I simply think that perhaps wrong people were given too much power and it is time to rethink the strategy …

In mean time there are several new social networks that not only allow you to post your own content but welcome it and sometimes reward you by revenue sharing:

  • Sphinn – covers multiple topics on IM and SEO topics and has some great following and community around it. Registration required to vote.

Not to say that you should ignore more established networks but simply give a spin with new kids on the blog that love your content and don’t allow Zealots run you into the ground simply because you didn’t fit their vision.