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Buying and Selling Social Media Profiles?

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Ann Smarty
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Buying and Selling Social Media Profiles?

Last week I stumbled across an interesting service that allows to buy-sell social media accounts. It is called Assetize and apparently functions as an auction.

You can search accounts by categories (Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, etc) or by account name and tags:

Assertize

Note: plenty of them are also going to get you into trouble:

Assertize Trademark

This whole thing about buying selling social media accounts causes some mixed feelings in me.

On the one hand, it reminds me of the joke that if I had a wayback machine, I would go back in time and register domain sex.com – with the only difference that with Twitter I had a real chance to do something like that because I actually witnessed it appear and rise. So why didn’t I register a bunch of delicious accounts then like twitter.com/yes and twitter.com/sex, etc?

Ok, on a serious note, is buying and selling social media accounts ethical? I mean most of those listed have friends and followers (which makes the accounts even more expensive)… It’s like buying and selling people! Isn’t social media much more than just a cool account name?

What are your thoughts?

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Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

Brand amd Community Manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas

Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as ... [Read full bio]

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