- 20/08/2016The though ocurred to me that many of "The UNfluencers" group on LinkedIn are now on beBee. So, is there an UNfluencer Bees hive, yet? Here's an article about UNfluencers and UNfluencing, by PR expert and Forbes contributor @Cheryl Snapp Conner. http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2015/12/05/introverts-do-it-best-how-to-exercise-unfluence-for-greater-success-in-pr/#19c7811f5944
Comments22/08/2016 #55 Charles David UpchurchHive name changed from UNfluencer Bees to "Deleting This Hive" and added the following hive description:
"I am in the process of deleting a hive after being accused of an intentional trademark and copyright violation, neither of which was true. Since the original hive name included a word that has been trademarked as a LinkedIn group name, and not as a beBee name, beBee staff did not ever ask me to delete this hive. "22/08/2016 #54 Charles David Upchurch@Milos Djukic, @John White, MBA, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Phil Friedman. I have not heard back from @Jeffrey Strickland and @Debesh Choudhury after several mentions, here, I will contact them via LinkedIN, where they are both still active. In the meantime, I will honor your concerns abouword "UNfluencer" in this way, by deleting the "Unfluencer Bees" hive.22/08/2016 #49 David GrinbergAs noted below I did launch a group on LinkedIn called "beBee Buzz!" to proactively boost engagement and showcase Producer blog posts. Moreover, I think this LI group is primarily useful to 1) Show off the beBee spirit, 2) Spread buzz and share sweet honey, 3) Let others learn more about beBee, and 4) Potentially recruit more bees. I wrote a short blog about this (link below) and have not received any negative feedback from anyone, including beBee management. Thus, if there are any legitimate issues of concern about this LinkedIn group then please let me know and I will take the appropriate action as directed by beBee management (ie. kill the group). If not, I would appreciate your support in encouraging more bees to join this group for the aforementioned reasons. Many thanks to all! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/join-new-bebee-buzz-group-on-linkedin21/08/2016 #48 John White, MBA@Javier beBee and @Federico Álvarez San Martín: I'm not sure there is anything for beBee to fix here. The issue at hand is that there is a group on LinkedIn called, "The UNfluencers." It was founded by two great men @Jeffrey Strickland and @Debesh Choudhury (we are lucky to have them on beBee). As you both are aware, LinkedIn has an undeniable history of showing favoritism towards their chosen Influencers. The main idea behind The Unfluencers group, as I understand it, is to create a community of non-influencers to collaborate and support each other's work. Jeff and Debesh trademarked the name of their group on LinkedIn. Now, at least one member on beBee would like to create a Hive by the same name. So, in my mind, this is a trademark legal issue with which beBee has no say in.21/08/2016 #41 Phil FriedmanAs I understand it, each and every user on beBee can create one or more hives.!while it remains the prerogative of all other users to join or not join. Consequently, the creation of an UNfluencer (r) Hive is not a group decision. David can do what he pleases, as can the rest of us do what we please. EXCEPT David cannot use the trademarked name or the phrase as part of another name, without first securing the legal right to do so from those who own the trademark.
Personally, although a member of the UNfluencers group on LinkedIn, I agree with @Milos Djukic that using membership in such a group AS A BADGE is too reminiscent of Influencer Marketing -- which I find objectionable, and which undermines community. Cheers!21/08/2016 #40 CityVP Manjit#37 Dear Gerry, I am more influenced by the movie "Planet of the Apes" and its underlying philosophy "Ape Shall Not Kill Ape" - that is about tribal as I have got in my life apart from that one time I kept my punching at my chest by the greatest ape influencer of all "King Kong" (but really it was only that one time when that chest-beat got me into the posse of funky tribal and it is actually quite fun doing that King Kong thing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S28qAtP8qW0
Deleting This Hive~ 100 buzzes
I am in the process of deleting a hive after being accused of an intentional trademark and copyright violation, neither of which was true. Since the original hive name included a word that has been trademarked as a LinkedIn group name, and not as a beBee name, beBee staff did not ever ask me to delete this hive.