It’s pretty common for those of us in the social space to debate matters of stats, social media platforms, and other topics related to marketing and engagement.
Many of us follow thought leaders in the industry such as Chris Brogan, Jason Falls, Liz Strauss, Kara Swisher, and others including Robert Scoble.
Robert Scoble is the well-respected former Microsoft tech evangelist who now works with Rackspace. With his 200K Twitter followers, 20K Facebook subscribers, speaking commitments all over the world, and well known success in driving start up business, many folks hang on his every word.
So it was quite a surprise when in a seemingly benign conversation about the benefits of Facebook and Google+ vs. Twitter with folks on Facebook, Scoble lashed out at well-loved mom blogger Aimee Giese.
Here’s a screenshot of the exchange.
It’s an astonishing “WHUH?” moment. Leaping right to someone having “no family and no friends” (a shock, as you can imagine, to Aimee’s husband and son, not to mention her friends like me) simply because they prefer Twitter over Facebook, is hitting below the belt.
Mr. Scoble has had other public outbursts and upon occasion admitted he was wrong. Let’s hope this is a time that he’ll be willing to do so again.
UPDATE 10:40pm September 20th, 2011
Not twenty minutes after I hit publish on this post, Mr. Scoble publicly apologized to Aimee. Glad to see it.