Connect.me – What is a Trust Anchor vouch really worth?
Posted by mandyf on February 12, 2012
This is going to be one of those posts you love or hate – I doubt there will be any in-between reactions to this. If you are on the “outside” of connect.me, you will likely enjoy it. If you are one of the “in” people, I’m willing to bet you’ll hate it and possibly me for what I will say. You may even want to rip me for this and use harsh language – and that is fine, because I want you to react. I want you to read this, digest it, and then ask yourself if you are a part of the problem.
I got in on connect.me a good while back. I don’t even recall how I did now. I did what I was supposed to do in order to become a trust anchor – and I thought that actually meant something. Vouching for people wasn’t a big deal. If I knew you played EAv, no biggie. I’ll vouch you play that. If I saw you active on Twitter or whatever – no biggie – I’ll vouch for that. If you wanted me to vouch for things I couldn’t know for sure though – outta luck! It was that simple.
My Trust Anchor vouches… I have to really know you – and by that I mean I need to actually converse with you over time or personally know you. So far, I have used just three of the 50 I have – two to people I know in the physical world – not just online. I use them sparingly because they are supposed to mean something. If they are tossed around like party favors, what are they worth? Nothing! They become more meaningless than a Klout score you can manipulate to say anything you like.
Now, connect.me has potential. I see good possibilities for it. It’s a part of why I became a trust anchor. What I take exception to is how those vouches are being solicited and given away. I won’t use real names here to be halfway decent, but some of you will read this and you know who you are that are trying to manipulate the system. Here are some instances of what I would call abuses of the system.
1. Gentleman A, offered to max me out at 600 shares on EAv in exchange for me giving him a trust anchor vouch. This was a person I never met before – had to go look at his profile to see who it was. It was, and still is, the only interaction we have ever had.
2. Gentleman B, offered to run missions directing people to buy shares in me or whatever I wanted in exchange for my Trust Anchor vouch.
3. Lady A used her trust anchor vouch, more than once, in exchange for people doing promotional favors for her at her site – and I know she did not know who these people were because she bragged to me how she got these desperate noobs to jump through hoops for her to get that vouch.
4. Gentleman C, whom I gave a regular vouch for Twitter, came back requesting I provide a Trust Anchor vouch for him as an expert in ____. Not only was it not evident to me anywhere that he was an expert in what he requested, I couldn’t even Google any connection to the field or see it on his Facebook – because we were not FB friends.
I wonder this about people that have requested I give them a trust anchor vouch:
A. If you do not know me well enough to connect with me on more than one platform I may sparingly use, and we have never met, exchanged emails aside from your request, or spoke to each other – Why do you think I will vouch for you?
B. Do you think I am so lacking in integrity that you can buy my TA vouch for nothing more than an offer to tweet some blog posts for me or buy shares in me if you also play EAv?
C. How can you expect me to vouch for you when the only evidence I have of you being what you claim to be is your own word – and again – I have only known you a matter of weeks and then only in a limited virtual sense?
Connect.me was, and is in many ways, a great concept. It is why I stick with it still. I think it can work. It will not however work when people are using their TA vouches like currency to get personal favors. If someone is deserving of a TA vouch they are deserving without doing you personal favors. If you are trading your TA vouch for favors, you shouldn’t be a trust anchor because your vouches are tainted. I have seen this whole process of becoming a Trust Anchor turned into nothing more than another accolade to “game” attaining. Most Trust Anchors I know are on the up and up – they take it seriously, but it only takes a few unsavory ones looking to exploit it to make it a tarnished commodity. Until that is fixed and connect.me starts asking people what criteria they used to issue a TA vouch for people, they are about as useful as a brain tumor.
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