This is related to the story below. After his first rant, Scoble goes on another one wondering why people aren’t linking to this stuff – much of which is a lot of high quality video footage of startup CEOs. I’m not sure what the answer to that is, although I am going to be paying more attention to his videos and linking where appropriate.
But he also let loose a barrage that I see quite often, but never in public like that. Bloggers scream about links every day in emails and IMs back and forth. Sometimes it’s more subtle, like receiving a nice email suggesting a link (I actually find a lot of good stuff that way), but if someone writes about something AFTER another blogger does and doesn’t give credit, all hell can break loose and often does. I’ve just never seen it happen publicly.
For Robert to do this out in the open makes it look like he’s just complaining. But what he’s saying is good for the blogging community. Engadget is no longer really a blog. They still look like a blog, but they’re bigger than a lot of mainstream media businesses. And Robert is asking them which direction they are planning on going now that they’re so big. Will they remain part of the blogging community, or adopt the stand alone silo habits of old media.
There are informal rules that bloggers have adopted and that aren’t usually broken. A story can be ignored, but if you write about something you found through another blog, a link should be given. Robert is stating a pretty good case that Engadget should have linked to him. They’re saying there was no value in it. Robert says otherwise.