Hey AIMS, Get Your Own Content

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Funny, I was just about to write a little “welcome to the blogosphere” post to tell “AIMS”:http://www.aimscanada.com/ we’re happy to see them “blogging”:http://www.aimscanada.com/resources/imex/, but now I’m not so sure.
Turns out AIMS -stole- _inadvertently posted (and has since taken down)_ – word for word – “this post”:http://www.onedegree.ca/2005/11/22/search-is-the-number-two-internet-activity by Marc Poirier that ran earlier this week on One Degree.
Here’s Marc’s post:


bq.. According to PEW’s recent survey of Internet usage (links to PDF), search is now the second most popular Internet activity, edging towards email as the primary Internet application.
Search usage jumped dramatically from 30% of American Internet users in June 2004 to 41% in September of 2005.
By comparison, email is used by 52% of American Internet users, up from 45% in June 2004.
Also of interest in this report is the recent rise in local searches, as well as some demographic data on search usage among various important population segments.
p. And here is theirs, attributed to Drew Fiala:
bq.. According to PEW’s recent survey of Internet usage, search is now the second most popular Internet activity, edging towards email as the primary Internet application.
Search usage jumped dramatically from 30% of American Internet users in June 2004 to 41% in September of 2005.
By comparison, email is used by 52% of American Internet users, up from 45% in June 2004.
Also of interest in this report is the recent rise in local searches, as well as some demographic data on search usage among various important population segments.
p. I’ve sent off a note to AIMS to see what their policy is for posting on their blog – it may be that they need to pull in the reins a bit until everyone gets comfortable with blogging etiquette over there.
_Update: As noted above, AIMS took down the post as soon as we let them know about the problem. Thanks for the quick turnaround Dave!_

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2 thoughts on “Hey AIMS, Get Your Own Content

  1. blog dude

    Seems to me the issue is more with Drew Fiala than anything else. Even if blogging is new, that is just plain plagarism.

  2. Ken Schafer

    I talked to Dave Forde (General Manager of AIMS) this afternoon. While still (rightly) ticked that I posted this BEFORE I told him about the problem, he did give me a little background.
    Apparently Drew forwarded the post to Dave who wasn’t aware that the information came from Marc writing at One Degree. He thought it was a quote from Pew Research and asked Drew if it was okay to have it posted to the AIMS Site. He said okay.
    My guess is it was just general confusion about what the source was and I’m not sure that Drew knew it would be posted as if he was the author.
    The other thing Dave mentioned was that, while the AIMS IMEX site is using WordPress and many of the posts look like blog posts, they don’t really consider it a blog. I may be misquoting a bit here.
    Personally I’m still a little unclear about how WE should attribute stuff on the AIMS IMEX site if we want to link to it. Posts seem to be the responsibility of the author listed in WordPress not AIMS, but even that isn’t consistent – sometimes things seem to be posted on behalf of others and in this case it may be that something was posted under Drew’s name without him realizing that was going to be the case.
    Drew, feel free to chime in here.
    Maybe Dave or someone at AIMS can spell out what the plan is for IMEX. I’ve invited them to do a “Five Questions” to clarify.

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