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Unsolicited Messages: Shooting Yourself in the Feet?

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If you're on Twitter your DM inbox is probably hit regularly by people thanking you for following. Of course it is accompanied by a link to check out their special offer for Twitter friends. Likewise you probably get tagged or included in a group message on Facebook about someone's Open House...five states away. Or, someone has downloaded all of their LinkedIn contacts into email and sent out blasts about their job opening or the company they are recruiting for. Maybe you have WordPress or some other contact form on your website and you receive a constant stream of people who can get you into first position on Google. Yeah, we know because we do too.

Some people are quite sensitive about getting unsolicited messages. Others may not be. Some even turn them around for marketing purposes. "You market me, I market you back." If you have a story to share or would like to voice your comment please join us in the chatroom or phone in.

Well It Has Happened Again

This time it's a landscape company out of Marietta, Georgia who didn't have the kindest response to a complaint. Allegedly, the owner of the landscape company didn't feel compelled to wait at an intersection so he drove over the curb to get around the other vehicles and went on his merry way. One of the people in the traffic texted the number on the side of the truck with a complaint. The texter did not know this was the owner in the truck (although many landscaping companies are very small businesses) and was surprised at the response. In fact, quite shocked at the response. The text screenshot then made it's way onto social media in a busy city group on Facebook. The admin turned off comments at 108. The text of the response goes something like this: "Boo hoo *itch... I don't need your business. Sincerely, (landscape company!"

Ken is @thekencook

Mike is @mikemueller