An article in today’s Boston Globe, reports that a new regulation will compel bloggers to disclose any affiliations or gifts they have received.
As Web 2.0 matures, it will be more regulated. This is an issue I have blogged and spoken about many times before. But what makes this article even more interesting to me is the reaction of bloggers. In this case the regulation actually seeks to make blogs more transparent – exposing any and all connections between the author and another possibly conflicting interest. The article states “Beginning today, bloggers, Twitterers, and others who write online reviews or endorse products … must disclose it when they receive free merchandise or payment for writing about an item.” Ah – disclosure – full transparency. This is a good thing – right?
Web 2.0 zealots have long pontificated that the 2.0 movement is grounded in transparency and openness. And yet, in this instance they are “unhappy” with a ruling that makes their sites even more transparent. Oh the irony.
As previously stated, I have many times before blogged about the need for responsible use of Web and Enterprise 2.0 technologies, including the strategic leveraging of security, control and yes full-disclosure. As Web 2.0 matures, perhaps many of its zealots will have to mature as well and realize that in many cases their writings are not random ramblings but real business content, which needs to be responsibly managed and accurately positioned for what it really is.
The article is really worth a read. The commentary and arguments from bloggers are telling and at times almost amusing.