It’s not news that Julie Albertson’s Wikipedia page has undergone some shady editing in the past. A few days ago something interesting popped up in the “Talk” page of the wiki article: instructions from a PR flak to correct the article. Julia is an “internationally syndicated tech and social media columnist” in over 100+ newspapers, right?! This oversight must be corrected immediately!
So who is this person who apparently doesn’t know how to use Wikipedia? Looks like she’s former dating columnist and former self-employed PR person Caroline Gibson, now the deputy director of communications for the VA AG. Looks like she even lists “Social Media Intern at Julia Allison” on her LinkedIn.
Dear “social media nerd”: you can’t phone-in reputation defender-style PR “corrections” to Wikipedia. If you had any sense or work ethic (you are
employed by working for free umbrellas for Ms. Allison, aren’t you?), you would have made the changes yourself (I know, it’s crazy how that works!); after all, you have linked to the very references that back up your claims (though trotting out the Calcutta Telegraph is a bit sad, don’t you think?). And, as Ms. Allison’s PR gofer, do you really think that you represent a “neutral point of view”? If you want to see PR done right, check out Julia’s bio, written by her ineffable publicist. Better luck next time, xoxo!