Disclaimer: These are my views as a customer, a member of the Lawrence community and especially as a sports blogger. These issues are relevant to me as a potential future sports administrator and as a member of the local social media community and therefore relevant to some of my Twitter followers.
One of the first rules for journalists is: don’t steal ideas without attributing them.
This is not only frowned upon, but it also has a few ethical issues that can even isolate you from your community.
Somebody at Joe College had the not-so-bright idea of creating a shirt that had this on the front:
I got the following response:
That’s a great response. However, I didn’t see it until last night. Why? Because @Joe_College blocked me on Twitter following their receipt of my Tweet.
Which brings me to the first rule for local businesses on Twitter: don’t do that. And by that, I mean don’t block your potential clientele.
Also, don’t steal your t-shirt ideas from similar t-shirts aimed at different public figures that just happen to be Latino or Hispanic.
This isn’t the first time Joe College has stolen t-shirt designs and it won’t be the last. I am Joe College’s potential clientele, as I am a student at the University of Kansas. However, they will no longer receive my business due to their isolation in social media.