Yesterday, Ted Murphy, the owner of SocialSpark and the IZEA network decided to drop all of the props to zero. He stated in his blog that...
"If we don't do so (set props to zero) the users who have utilized this method (asking for props) of building props will be at the top of the list for the foreseeable future, creating an unfair advantage the can't be taken away."
Well, guess who was at the top? Yep, me. Guess who did NOT ask people to prop her in their profiles and blog profiles? Yep, Me.
Guess who specifically asked if we were allowed to "prop back" and if there were any rules to propping. Yep. I asked.
Guess who said it was fine and dandy to prop back and that there were NO rules to propping. Yep, the SocialSpark Team.
I spent a lot of time propping, talking with new bloggers, helping them install their ITK and get their feet wet in the blogging world. Then all of that work was yanked out from under me because Ted decided to change things up so the top ranked bloggers would be even with new bloggers. Everybody starts again to play by new rules.
I'm hurt. I am hurt because my name is smeared. I am among those who were singled out (top of the list) by Ted in his public blog. I was not only in the mix but number one on the list. I was the top of the list.
I don't think my little blog or my words will make a difference in his mind. We have conversed via Email and he has told me that he will not give my points back. I asked for an apology for making me out to be some sort of cheater or shady blogger. I've gotten no apology. To the contrary I got this.
...there is no way for me to modify your Props. This is in no way a personal issue and I purposely didn't call out any blogger in post. I recognize that there has not been a code of conduct to date and I stated that in my post. However, just because we didn't have a published code of conduct doesn't mean what you did was right, or that you deserve to be at the top of the list.
If your blog truly deserves to be on top I am sure it will rise once again, this time with everyone playing by the same rules.
-Ted"Yes, that stung pretty good there.
I'll tell you all what I did. I did contact customer love (the social spark team) and ask for the rules. Annie from SocialSpark told me there were no rules. I built friendships and when people accepted my friendship I emailed to thank them and let them know I'm a friend "propper" and would love to have some if they wanted to. There is no way for me to know if they propped me or not. I didn't hound people and I HELPED people who emailed me back asking for it.
This must have been what it felt like when they were all RankSpanked by Google. The big company gets to whack the little guys on the head and nobody will care because the change only affected a handful of people.
I'm one of the handful this affected. All I know is that I am so sad and have not cried this hard in a very long time. I obviously do not expect a lot of comments in support of me here, now that they are tracking our comments with SezWho. I know you want to keep making money with SocialSpark, and Ted is the CEO, so don't burn any bridges you guys.
This is my blog and I had to get this off my chest so I can move on. So, there it is.