Today it was broadly reported that bloggers must inform consumers when they receive contributions for promotions they make on their blogs. But one wonders where it stops. Shouldn’t one’s day job have as much, if not more, material impact on what one says and doesn’t say? What about one’s stock portfolio?
For the record, this site makes me $0. I work for Cisco Systems. I won’t reveal my stock portfolio, but will tell you that I constrain my postings on this site to at least not completely inflame my superiors on business-related matters. That means that if you’re looking for someone who is critical of MPLS and many Internet Service Providers, while I am, I’m probably not going to rant here about it. Some of those people are customers, and they might reasonably ask what I am doing to make things better.
I will say this about my stock portfolio. It hasn’t stopped me from talking negatively about some of the companies whose shares I have owned, believe it or not.