Earlier today, we had a bit of a brouhaha among the Twitterati of the real estate set. The genesis was this video blog by Greg Cooper in which he blasted Todd Carpenter, attacked him personally, and laid the heavy artillery on to NAR. Which then brought responses from various members of the RE.net, some friendly to Todd and others hostile to him, and resulted in this post by Bill Lublin.
Periodically, it seems we get one of these little kerfuffles in the RE.net; I personally think it’s pretty healthy. As far as the specifics of the Todd vs. Greg deal and all of that, the whole thing is likely blown way out of proportion, and others will address the “personal vs. corporate” burdens on someone using his personal channels. I hear Jay Thompson is working on a post. Suffice to say that Todd is a great guy, and if any “embarrassment” resulted, I’m 100% positive he did not intend it. So count me in Team @Tcar as far as that goes.
But the real issue I’d like to discuss is actually from a comment by Ines Hegedus-Garcia to Bill’s post which goes:
But again, that’s not the point – it’s not about Todd, it’s about the flaming of an individual on a public forum that totally crosses the line. (And the fact that is Todd makes it all the worse)
And via Twitter, there are a number of folks who thought Greg’s post was over the top, unfair, and illegitimate. Criticism, it goes, should be “constructive and thoughtful” of else, not worth the time at all.
This is where I part company with polite society.