It wasn’t too long ago that we first met over a tweet.
I meant this in jest, but it was understandably taken a different way. We know what happened as a result and it led to an interesting week to say the least. I thought the discussion was over, but your recent Tumblr post shows you still have a lot to say. If I may, I’d like to offer some thoughts as well.
I respect you and the contributions you’ve made to the arts. You have so many fans that you’ve kept with you over the years (many of which are frequent readers of the site I work for). And though some jabs might have been thrown at me in all of this, I’m not mad at all. But do know that I don’t refer to myself as a guru, or say I’m “important,” I just work hard and enjoy what I do (such as, writing this post).
I’d like to tell you more about some of my coworkers, too. My editor-in-chief, Michael Gorman stands up for his team and won’t let anyone rain on our parade. David Fishman did valuable work for our team in his time with us before returning to college. The rest of our team is loaded with well-educated and respected journalists who work hard and love what they do.
I don’t believe anyone is “abusing” the verification process, it’s really not as easy as it seems. Engadget is a media outlet that sits alongside sites like The Huffington Post at our parent company, Aol. Twitter’s media team is great at keeping us in the loop when they make product changes. In one of our chats, they asked us to share a list of our editorial team and took it from there regarding verification. There’s not much more to it than that.
While being verified has plenty of professional impacts, in our personal lives it doesn’t mean anything. It’s not like we get to board flights ahead of others, or cut the line at Starbucks. It’s just for work, and outside of that it really means nothing. And it hasn’t helped me meet Mr. Right, either.
I don’t expect any of this to change your mind and absolutely respect your opinion and anyone else’s on the topic. Hopefully though, I’ve had a chance to tell you more about my team and the work we do. I look forward to reading more from your Tumblr in the future and wish you the very best.