By now, we all know of the drama surrounding Dennis Yu & Shoemoney. If you don’t then crawl out from the rock you’ve been living under.
Shoemoney, Dennis Yu and some others were supposed to be on a panel together about Facebook advertising at Affiliate Summit West 2010. After all of these allegations came out about Dennis, people were baffled that Dennis was still going to be on the panel. Considering all of the drama surrounding these guys, I thought that it was a great idea to leave things as they were and see how it all played out.
Yesterday, Shoemoney mentioned on his blog that he was creating a Powerpoint presentation with facts backing up his allegations against Dennis Yu. Shawn Collins and Jim Kukral stated that a presentation of that nature on a Facebook panel would be unnacceptable. Shoemoney in return stated that maybe it would be better if he was taken off the panel in that case. This left only Dennis Yu and other people involved with his company, Blitzlocal, left on the panel.
Ruck made a post today on the Convert2Media blog about how Shoemoney should be put back on the Facebook panel. I like when people are willing to take a stand and state their position, so I completely repect Rucks opinion here. I however have a better solution of how this whole Shoemoney, Dennis Yu, Affiliate Summit drama bomb should be handled.
Shawn Collins has a point in saying that Shoemoney should not be allowed to make an anti Dennis Yu/Blitzlocal presentation at a Facebook Panel during affiliate Summit. If it’s a Facebook Panel, then the topic should be Facebook. Dennis Yu’s knowledge on the topic has even been called into question. Affiliate Summit should thrown EVERYONE off of this Facebook Panel and start fresh. There are plenty of knowledgeable Facebook guys that can replace them.
The next thing that Affiliate Summit should do is not shy away from the Shoe vs. Yu drama. Summit is already stuck in the middle of this so they may as well confront it head on. My suggestion here is to create a new session. Invite Shoemoney & Dennis Yu to both present their sides of the story. Call it Shoe Vs. Yu because it rhymes (people love stuff that rhymes). Get Jim Kukral to moderate it because he is an awesome moderator and an extremely fair individual. This solution would make everyone happy!
- Shoemoney can state his case against Dennis Yu
- Dennis Yu can state his case against Shoemoney
- Affiliates will eat all of this up because their so involved in following this drama online already
- Affiliate Summit would sell more full conference passes because who would want to miss that?
I can see where Affiliate Summit wouldn’t want to feed more fuel to this fire by acknowledging this war in it’s own session, but at the end of the day, they are a business. If they can provide what attendees want to see, they do better for themselves in the end. Heck, if Summit feels guilt over putting something like this together, charge an extra $20 per seat for admission and give the money to charity. At least you could say all the mudslinging was for a good cause.
I have a great deal of respect for Shawn Collins, Missy Ward & Affiliate Summit. I think they will end up doing the right thing in the end.
So what do you think? Does a seperate session solve this Shoe Vs Yu at Affiliate Summit dilemma once and for all?
Please Note: I do receive a Press Pass to Affiliate Summit which get’s me in for free however, all statements and thoughts are my own opinions.