I don't follow twitter, but I received a message today from another RECorder informing me that I have been the topic of negative tweets accusing me of starting false accounts to further myself on the site. She told me that there were accounts made recently that the only activity on there page was to recommend only my RECords. I took that very seriously and started looking at some of the names of the people recommending. I have not ever been able to get my activiy page to load. As soon as I saw the names "Penngwen24", "MarryHarris" and "Nizzle" I began to form a theory as to what happened.
Two days ago I was at a close friends house having dinner with her family. They are all huge fans of my art and so naturally I told them all about all the fun I had been having as a member of hitRECord. They seemed really interested. My friend asked me is she could join and just vote for (recommend) my stuff. I told her that it doesn't work like that and that if she joins she has to contribute. She is a little bit of an artist and she told me that she was going to join and load a little bit of work, but mostly just be on to support me. I gave her the web address and didn't think anything about it. During the last couple days I had been getting a lot of hearts and feeling really good about myself until I got the message I did today. I looked at the names of some of the people hearting and recognized three names. I called my friend and she told me that she was telling all our friends and her family to join and recommend me. She doesn't know who all did it besides her neighbor, and son, and neither do I. I told her not to go on the site anymore, and to tell everybody she told to start an account the same thing.
I feel like the damage this has caused may not be repairable because there are a lot of negative tweets about me, and I can understand people being upset if it looks like I am cheating, but I feel like I should have been addressed privately about the issue to insure that there are no misunderstandings about what has occurred. I feel like now I have been branded as dishonest and that kind of thing stays with you. Right now I am trying to decide if I should call it quits here. I apologize to anybody that this situation has upset, and if I do continue to hitRECord I will make sure this doesn't happen again.