“As of December 1, the Federal Trade Commission is going to require bloggers, and prominent tweeters and Facebook types to disclose any paid endorsements to their followers, online friends and readers. These new rules have the potential to change everyone’s online habits.”
I’be been a blogger for almost two years now and I can attest to the power and potential of blogging as a medium for disseminating information. †As with any information medium, it can work for both good and evil ends and all shades in between.
I knew all along that regulation is bound to happen in Blogosphere. †It’s just a matter of time. †And that time has come.
I am sure this is just the the start. †The first wave. †We, Filipinos, call it “patikim” (i.e. sampler).
It doesn’t concern me actually. †Not yet. †It will only have an impact on US-based bloggers for now. †I also do not “blog for profit” (do I sound like I’m sour-graping? LOL) which is what this first blogging regulation is concerned about.
But it is wise for all bloggers like me to closely watch developments related to this. †Sooner or later — most probably sooner — more regulations with farther reaching implications will start popping out like mushrooms not just in the US but all over the world.
In the meantime we, bloggers, enjoy our absolute albeit temporary freedom while it lasts.