With Connect.Me invitation links now active, users are starting to invite others via their Connect.Me cards. For new users in particular, one popular way to this is by posting a mission on Empire Avenue (EAV) or similar sites. But Connect.Me is a reputation network, not a social network. So the rules are different. Here’s what is and is not acceptable in a mission involving Connect.Me:
- Sharing a Connect.Me social business card to promote your online presence and capabilities
- Inviting people in your network to join Connect.Me via the invitation link on your Connect.Me card
- Inviting people who know you (personally, professionally, online or offline) to vouch honestly for you
- Offering to trade vouches with others who vouch for you
- Buying or bartering vouches
- Promoting or suggesting anything other than honest vouching by people who genuinely know and respect you and your work
The problem is that some heavy EAV users are so used to powerful social media game dynamics that they don’t realize the importance of the honest vouching requirements of the Respect Trust Framework. (This is also why we enforce vouch limits, in particular a new limit of 5 vouches per card, so it further highlights the value of a vouch.)
The good news is that Connect.Me users who have earned the highest trust level — called Trust Anchors – are now helping spread the word on EAV and other sites about what is different about social vouching and why honest vouching is so important. We thank those Trust Anchors for helping to build a strong and vibrant trust network for all of us.
If you see a social media mission that is not compatible with honest vouching, please point the author at this post (the short link is http://bit.ly/VadaXG), or refer them to a Trust Anchor for more information (or if necessary contact us at complaints — at — connect — dot — me).