I am a member of the free, media lead service called HelpaReporter.com (HARO for Help a Reporter Out) that my friend Peter Shankman runs. It is a simple service where reporters send him a query when they need a source or quote or other resource for a story they are doing. It is totally free and so easy to use. (You should sign up if you are at all interested in getting media coverage.)
Anyway, the other day Peter made it known that someone with quite a few years of media experience (i.e. she should have known better) had been posting the media leads – including the media contacts email addresses – on her own blog. Peter told her to stop doing this, in no uncertain terms. She complied.
Now today, John Greer posts on his blog that Peter was wrong to tell her to stop doing this. I totally disagree with John on this and tried to comment on his blog. However, in order to even comment there a complete registration is required, including a physical address. WTF? That is ridiculous. Mr. Greer is perfectly fine with making people jump through completely unrealistic hoops to comment on his blog, but he thinks it is fine to post media people’s emails on a blog where they can be scrape by spambots. So, I am making my comment here and tracking back.
Actually, I think Peter is right about this. Any PR person worth their salt should understand that posting media emails on a website is just not a good idea. Plus, why is it necessary? That person should have just posted that HARO is a good, free service and suggest that her readers join for themselves.
What do you think about all this? Feel free to comment here, no registration required.