By David Harley posted 14 Mar 2011 at 04:40AM
* Sorry, but I couldn't resist a Crosby reference.
I was more than a little irritated over the weekend – see Faith, Hope, Charity and Manipulation - by Microsoft's use of the Japanese disaster to give the Bing search engine a little extra exposure using a chaintweet technique:
It seems I wasn't the only one to get that piecemeal queasy feeling at the use of what is essentially a chain-letter PR approach to a charitable impulse ("“Look. We’re being charitable. But only if you tell lots of people about it!”). A subsequent tweet from @bing sounds a little more ethically grounded:
We apologize the tweet was negatively perceived. Intent was to provide an easy way for people to help Japan. We have donated $100K.
Well, the no-strings donation is a noble gesture, and the page Microsoft was pointing to is actually a useful resource, so I'll refrain from any further BingDings.
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