For the last year I’ve just been picking up the same old nomination announcements from the same old Who’s Who vanity directories. Boooring! But finally we have a new “playa” – The International Who’s Who Historical Society! Impressive isn’t it. Unlike most Who’s Who scams they’ve taken the time to eloquently explain what utter bullshit they are, that is if you know how to read between the lines. The best part? The book isn’t available publicly to protect member from being put on mailing lists! How rich! Fucking spammers.
Some of the highlights from their FAQ’s page. I’ve provided some clarification in (red parentheses).
Can I find your book/publication in my library or bookstore?
Our directories are strictly proprietary, for our member’s use only. We do not allow them to be in any library other than the Library of Congress. We do this to protect our members from being put on mailing lists and getting unsolicited phone calls.
(We don’t print this shit for free. It’s a vanity publication you dumb fuck. You pay to play.)
How did you get my name?
Your name was submitted to our organization in one of two ways. Our research staff may have chosen you as one of the best possible candidates by researching trade journals, business publications, and organizations like Dun & Bradstreet. We also send nomination forms to all of our members in their membership packages so they are provided with the opportunity to nominate anyone they feel would benefit from membership. We do not, however, keep any records as to the source of the nomination in an effort to avoid embarrassment to the candidate or nominating member in the event of a rejection of an application.
(We purchase email lists from shady Russians who have bots that scrape your emails off various publicly available sources. That why you’ll often receive multiple nominations, even to the email address you only use for PayPal. )
I have received this nomination letter and abbreviated biographical data form. What does it mean?
The letter you have received means that you have been referred to us as a potential candidate for inclusion in one of our professional business directories. The abbreviated biographical data form is an application to determine if you are eligible for inclusion. Upon receipt of your data form, our selection committee will review your application and if you are qualified for inclusion, we will contact you.
(It means we have your email address. We send millions of these out. We have no idea who the fuck you really are and we don’t care. Just sign up and pay us for the fucking book.)
Do I have to buy anything?
No, there is no cost or obligation for a free listing in our directory. Membership is completely voluntary. If you are accepted, you will be contacted regarding the outcome and given an opportunity to purchase the directory. Everyone who successfully completes the one-to-one interview with a Membership Selection Committee representative will be listed in the publication in our nonmember section.
(No, but if you don’t we’ll punish you by putting you name in super tiny print in the back of the book in our “non-members” section with all the other cheap bastards. This technically allows us to deny that this is a vanity publication.)
How much does the directory cost?
If you are interested in the directory, we have various publication programs depending on the membership package you select.
( The more you pay, the bigger your name bitch!)
Are you affiliated with any other Who’s Who?
Our publications are compiled and published by the International WHO’S WHO Historical Society. The titles currently compiled by our company include: International WHO’S WHO of Professionals; International WHO’S WHO of Professional Management; International WHO’S WHO of Entrepreneurs; International WHO’S WHO of Information Technology; International WHO’S WHO of Professional Educators WHO’S WHO of Professional Educators; International WHO’S WHO of Public Service; WHO’S WHO in California… We are not affiliated with any other Who’s Who organizations or titles.
(Fuck, better to ask what we DON’T publish. We use the shotgun approach. We discovered that there are desperate suckers seeking validation in a wide variety of professions.)
Oh and check it out. If you use the opt out email link, they expect you to fill in your email address! What total shits. Fuck them.
Dear Clay Butler:
On behalf of International WHO’S WHO of Professionals, I am pleased to inform you that you have been nominated as a candidate for inclusion in the 2011 Edition. We congratulate you! Nomination into WHO’S WHO is an honor in itself.
International WHO’S WHO has over 20,000 members in 154 countries worldwide and has been publishing biographies since 1928. It is the most elite professional network in the world. Our members assist each other daily with business and career opportunities.
It is in times like these that such a network is most valuable and we are seeing members help other members expand their businesses, find new positions, even relocate to another country.
If selected into WHO’S WHO, you will also be listed in the 2011 Edition of International WHO’S WHO of Professionals. This is the definitive work on the world’s leaders in commerce, economics, policy, and trade.
We do require additional information to complete the selection process and we ask that you provide your biographical data by accessing the form on our website at: http://www.internationalwhoswho.com/Nominations/FE2291C.aspx
Our editorial deadline is quickly approaching. I urge you to act today. If you delay, I cannot guarantee the committee will have ample time to review your submission.
Chairman and CEO
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Washington, D.C. 20006
P.S. There is no cost or obligation to be listed in the International WHO’S WHO of Professionals. To ensure your biographical data is received in time, please complete this online form http://www.internationalwhoswho.com/Nominations/FE2291C.aspx by September 30, 2011. Upon review, our Membership Selection Committee will be in touch with you.
Members of our Board of Advisors include: Wallid Abdo, CEO, Eurobrokers-Greece; Michael Gondive, CEO, Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank-Kenya; Fehmi Sami, Senior VP, Citibank, N.A.-Great Britain; Yusuf Alami, COO, Abdu Dhabi Investment Company-UAE; Mikhail Zaitsev, Finance Director, Volvo Car-Russia; DR. Jung Kook Paeng, CIO, Hyundai Motor Company, Korea; John Sai Chi Mak, Managing Director, Bulova Watch International, Ltd.-Hong Kong; and Aldo Castelli, President, Shell Brasil, Ltda.-Brazil
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