FTC Blogola Roundup: The Jury Is Out

image Despite the fact that it’s a somewhat dry and slightly esoteric topic, the subject we’ve covered here fairly extensively over the last several weeks regarding the FTC’s rules for bloggers, or as BusinessWeek is dubbing it: ‘blogola,’ is getting a fair amount of disparate discussion across various silos in the blogosphere.

It’s a topic that still holds interest for me and quite a few of the rest of you, since it’s applicable to a wide swath of Internet users, not just professional bloggers.

We at the SiliconANGLE are definitely against the new proposed guidelines, as they represent a serious threat to the liberty of speech bloggers currently enjoy. Here’s our few takes on the topic here at SiliconANGLE:

- FTC New Disclosure Guidelines, a Third Examination [Bloggers, Marketers and PR]
- FTC Social Media PR Regulation Update: Blogger Catch-22 or Loophole?
- Social Media Marketing is (Mostly) Legal. Is Modern PR Legal, Though?
- It’s Not About Best Practices, It’s About the Constitution [Blogola]

Here’s a sampling of the crème of the crop that’s come across my radar from around the blogosphere.

Pro-FTC: Either moderately in favor of the guidelines, or leaning that way.
- FTC moves to require disclosure of ‘blogola’
- What to Make of FTC Paid Post Regulations
- On the Horizon: New FTC Disclosure Regulations For Mommybloggers?
- Three Views of the Proposed FTC Rule Changes

FTC-Neutral: Not sure yet, or presenting multiple viewpoints.
imageThis is Not a Sponsored Post: Paid Conversations, Credibility
- When & How To Pay A Blogger
- The FTC And Mommy Bloggers
- Blog Council – Big Business Blogging | FTC to take on paid posts
- FTC Looks To Regulate Blogger Credibility
- Bloggers, Brands & the New Publishing Paradigm
- FTC: What is the Federal Trade Commission Doing to Internet Marketing?
- Three Views of the Proposed FTC Rule Changes

Anti-FTC: Would rather have a root canal than the new guidelines.
- Disclosure – another set of old media rules that don’t apply
- Three Views of the Proposed FTC Rule Changes
- Conflict of interest doesn’t apply to blogs (another reason newspapers are dying)
- FTC targets bloggers, ignores newspapers
- The FTC and Sponsored Conversation
- Blogola: The FTC Takes On Paid Posts
- FTC to Regulate Blog Posts?

About Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins is the Founding Editor of SiliconANGLE, as well as the creator of and Executive Producer for theCUBE. He’s a Bitcoin early adopter, as well as a blogging, podcasting and social media pioneer. Prior the founding of SiliconANGLE, Hopkins worked as Associate Editor at Mashable during its formative years. Prior to his career in startups and media, he worked as a developer for large corporations like Nokia, IBM, Apple and Cox Communications. Hopkins lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children.