Rebecca Buckman from the Wall Street Journal wrote an article on today´s WSJ in which she questions the validity of FON´s advisory board members comments on their blogs about FON. I think Rebecca is right in one point and wrong in another one. Rebecca Buckman is right in saying that readers who go over comments written by a blogger who is also an advisory board member of FON should be warned that these comments are coming from people associated with the company. But Rebecca is wrong in saying that these warnings had not been made. I for example have been frequently blogging about each of the advisory board members and all of them individually had blogged about their involvement with Fon. There was no secret there and Rebecca should have researched this more thoroughly. And in any case having spoken with Rebecca quite a few times my take on this is that Rebecca, representing old media found it tough to accept that the announcement of the FON funding deal first came out on my blog and then in her paper the venerable WSJ. Sorry Rebecca but part of the appeal of FON, other than its service is that we are a blogged company and in any case I would not have announced the FON deal in a publication that requires its readers to pay to access its content on the internet. Other than that I would like to say that I love the new format of the WSJ in Europe. It´s so much easier to carry and to read than the old one!
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