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Now, that chart looks familiar...

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

So this makes two rather shocking screen grabs in one day today - the last one about jumping from the low 40s to number 11 in the Top 100 authors at Seeking Alpha and what you see below from Business Insider which, as I discovered about half way through the screen grab process, can be embedded here just by copying a little code.

Gee... where have I seen this chart before?


Regular readers might remember that a chart very similar to the one above - no actually, it's exactly the same chart, save for a couple changes to the legend - appeared here last night and then at Seeking Alpha this morning.

The original post is here and at Seeking Alpha it looked like this.

Apparently the folks at Business Insider decided it was such a good idea that they whipped one up just like it (it's not too hard, that is, once you get the idea that it would be interesting to see how government payrolls compare with manufacturing payrolls over the last 70 years) and passed it off as as an original idea.
IMAGE When the chart was first spotted, I was anxious to see how they were going to credit the source (me), but there's no mention of anyone other than John Carney and Kamelia Angelova in the original item at Business Insider, hence my tone right now.

Yes, it must be difficult to ensure that you get 80 or 90 blog posts up everyday in order to drive sufficient traffic to generate enough ad revenue to try to keep at least some of your staff happy, but that doesn't mean you should go around copying other peoples' work and passing it off as your own.

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UPDATE - Wednesday, Jan 6th - 6:20 AM PST

John Carney just sent mail apologizing for not having credited the source and he went on to note that he's a fan this blog. They have since updated the post at Clusterstock by providing a hat tip to Tom Iacono, which, all things considered, is a giant step in the right direction.

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

they could have at least switched the colors, or something.........

Dan said...

they's squattin' on yer werk!

Anonymous said...

They seem to do this A LOT, esp. if you cross-read dealbreaker, dealbook and a few others. They've also started doing clickbaits every day with slides (from rosenberg today), tweets from near-random people and others.

Considering who's in charge there...

Ted S. said...

Reminds me of the guy who started Boing Boing. He said he noticed that he got more hits when had five posts per day instead of two, then 10 instead of five, then 20 instead of 10, then 50 instead of 20, then 100 instead of 50. Sounds like that's where they are.

jmf said...

Moin from Germany,

Jake from EconomPic had the same problem several times in the past.....

Tim said...

I can imagine - Jake does good stuff.

But What do I Know? said...

I think I remember Barry Ritholtz complaining about this too. . .

Anonymous said...

I first saw the chart elsewhere. i am sorry they posted your work. I will pay them back by not visiting their site for 1 week. and will click yours instead. thanks for the good work

Anonymous said...

C'mon Tim, you are trying to moralize about a site run by Henry Blodget?!

You are familiar with his "POS email"?

Tim said...

I'm not intimately familiar with the people behind this website - maybe I guess I should consider myself fortunate.

Tim said...

Update posted - see above.

Anonymous said...

Dey took yer graph!

Siesta000000 said...

We know where to find the information first. Thanks for connecting the dots. Keep up the good work!

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