Kami Huyse has a good post on the Culture of Generosity.
I believe that the posture of generosity is essential to the Social Media culture.
After all, I don’t have a platform for my ideas unless other bloggers generously link to me and readers subsequently visit my site. My traffic stats show that the majority of readers of Communication Overtones, 67 percent, come from direct referral from other Websites. I would imagine other bloggers have similar stats.
Shel Israel pointed to this post and comments on the Generous Web vs Pinko Marketing meme:
I agree with just about everything Kami has to say, just like earlier I had agreed with most of Tara’s Pinko Marketing Manifesto. But to me words and titles are important. Tara’s allusion to Communism turns off a great number of people on two fronts: (1) Those who were raised during the Cold War still consider the word “pinko” to be offensive and I am among them, and (2) Communism was and is the ultimate top down command and control organizational form. The idea of sharing under Communism is among its cruelest lies.
Kami’s term “Culture of Generosity,” does not come close to Pinko Marketing as an affront to traditional business thinking. But the idea of a Culture of Generosity is going to sound a little more touchy and feelie than some will feel comfortable embracing.
I guess I mince words more than most–but that’s because I consider words so fundamentally important. Recently, you may recall, Robert and I were challenged to define the ROI in blogging and we did not do a first rate job of using the right words.
My short book, A Networked Conspiracy, was to be delivered to the publisher this weekend – but because of the Generous Web meme, I’m rewriting a portion of the book (which is about the importance of social networking in a church context) to focus on this meme.