Imitation is NOT the Sincerest Form of Flattery
I’m annoyed and a bit pissed because Complex Magazine had a post on their site called “50 Funny Spelling Mistakes on Twitter.” Sound familiar to you? That’s because I have a website dedicated to catching the grammatically-challenged and overall foolish that happens on Twitter. It’s called DumbestTweets.com, and it’s over a year old. Also, I created a “25 Dumbest Tweets of 2010” post back in December 2011 and a “50 Dumbest Tweets of 2011“ post (well, 2 posts).
So, when I got hella tweets from folks yesterday with the link to Complex Mag’s post (which I didn’t link to here on purpose), I clicked on it expecting them to feature tweets I haven’t seen before. What do I see? SCREENSHOTS of tweets I’ve posted on this site AND Dumbest Tweets. With absolutely NO credit to me.
Wayment. The people of Complex Magazine got the unmitigated gall to not only steal my idea, but they were lazy as all the dambs and just saved 50 images from my site and create a crappy slideshow post. Then they uploaded it to the web and got thousands of hits. Off my gahtdamb work. And ALL they had to do was mention where these tweets come from. ALL. THEY. HAD. TO. DO.
This was bold, blatant, and daft.
I wanna fight the air. And them. What kinda foolishness is that?
This keeps happening and folks are always saying imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, yet I’m not flattered AT ALL. I’d only be flattered if they gave me credit and called me the genius that I am and said I was the awesomest person to ever be awesome. Or they could simply give a hat tip to where they got it. But right now? I am annoyed and frustrated about it. And I wish a plague of hacked pages on them. Because I’m petty and I feel scorned. They’re getting all these pageviews off me and I am not pleased.
And they should know better. They’re supposed to be a legit publication that supposedly has some journalistic integrity. So I’m disappointed that they’d be so ballsy about this. Was it an intern who did it? Even they should know. You give proper credit. Always. But NAWL.
Back in December, some joker ass joker created a video from my Dumbest Tweets list and never mentioned where he got it. He also used screenshots from my site. No credit. His video ended up on World Star Hip Hop, got over 90,000 views and no mention of me. And he had the nerve to actually feel like he did nothing wrong.
So YES I AM LIVID. Like a buffet owner when Rick Ross shows up.
These unoriginal classless wonders can’t find clever ways to get people to read their sites and that’s just unfortunate for them.
As a writer, my ideas and originality are what I hold near and dear to me. When people make money off my hard work, I wanna show up at their house and step all in their garden and kill their plants. Then I wanna kick all their trashcans down and flood their bathrooms. And then I shall end the rampage in my head by TPing their houses and having a dog crap on their lawn.
This is how I deal with the rage in my mind.
If you wanna flatter me, send me gifts, buy me shoes and tell me my locs are luxurious. DO NOT copy my work, my voice or my blog as a way to make me feel good.
So, do me a favor. Tweet @ComplexMag and tell them they should get original. If they can’t, the least they can do is #PayAMISH to the person they’re stealing from. It doesn’t take long to drop a link.
And while we’re at it, I DO IT BETTER, COMPLEX!
P.S. In case you missed it, check out my How to Protect Your Blog Content: Know Your Rights post. It’s clearly necessary.
Edit: One of Complex’s editors just emailed me to say they talked to the writer, who admitted they got those from my site. And they’ve now added a link to DumbestTweets.com in the intro of the post. Victory, I guess. Although most people who would have seen the post ALREADY HAVE! Since it’s a day old. All I do know is that I will never link to them (not that I had in the past). No Country for Complex Magazine.
But seriously. Folks gotta STOP doing shit like this. Just STOP.