A source of mine, customer service guru Micah Solomon, alerted me to something funny last week.
A column in which I interviewed him popped up on an obscure website without any link backs or explanation as to where it came from.
That's not all too uncommon in this age of Internet ripoffs. What was notable about this web version of my column is that it read ike it went through a meatgrinder. Or, rather, a weird thesaurus.
So my words, "good friend" became "fine companion." Micah's book, "Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit," became "Incomparable Service, Incomparable Profit."
My tagline stayed in place, but instead of, "Karen E. Klein is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers entrepreneurship and small-business issues," it now read:
Karen E. Klein is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers business enterprising and little-business issues.
I kind of like it! I ran a WhoIs search on the offending site and found a Russian address. I sent a "Hey! Cut it out!" email to the address listed for the site admin, but I doubt it will do much.
Anybody else had this happen?
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