selling empire avenue profilesLast week long time, actively engaged EAv user, Omar Habayeb, decided to call it quits.  But he didn’t cancel his account and let his 1 billion eaves evaporate into the virtual ether.  Instead he gave his account to Joseph Solares  who renamed it (e) SUPPORTSYS.

This sparked a firestorm of discussion in the EAv Community Discussion area and several EAv Facebook groups…

Thorny Issues

Some of the thorny issues that come into play with transfers include:

  • What happens to the private messages sent and received by the original user? Does the new account owner have access to them?
  • Should there be some sort of shareholder notification?  Shareholders invested in the original users stock because of who they are and their dividend. All of that changes with a transfer.

So, EAv has effectively put the kibosh on transfers.

According to EAv CEO, Dups:

  • Because the agreement of our Terms is between the individual or entity and Empire Avenue, such agreement is non transferable.
  • You may absolutely not sell an account. You may absolutely not barter for an account.
  • The transfer of Omar’s account to Joseph was approved by EAv “as long as it was not for money”
  • Going forward, we will be requesting written legal statements from both parties, the person transferring and the person receiving with a statement where the new party agrees to our Terms.
  •  If we find out about account transfers, we will shut down those accounts to protect the original owner of the account.

The Managed Accounts Loophole

Dups statement may seem as though it settles the issue, but some users have tried to bypass the transfer rules by allowing someone else to “manage” their account.

For example, a person may be about to quit EAv. However, they realize that if they cancel their account, all the eaves they’ve accumulated disappear and everyone in their portfolio will take a hit on their share price.  So, rather than cancel their account, they give another user the password and let them “manage” the account however they like.  That person then uses the account and its eaves to run missions promoting their own profile and social media goals.

Is there any difference between this scenario and officially transferring the account?  I don’t believe there is.

Genuine Managed Accounts

So, why not close this loophole and bar EAv users from managing other users accounts?

Because there are good, legitimate reasons to allow 3rd party account management.

There is huge market for social media management services.  There are lots of consultants and consulting firms who make their living managing the social media accounts for companies and celebrities.

If Empire Avenue is going to grow and become a main stream social media marketing too, they need social media consultants to be able to bring their clients to Empire Avenue.

This is where the money is!

The Solution?

So, what’s the solution?  How does EAv facilitate and even promote legit 3rd party management of EAv accounts and at the same time put a stop to the bogus, self-promotional management?

Honestly, I’m not sure.

EAv could update their TOS to bar managing an account for the sole purpose using its eaves to promote another account, but sometimes the situation is not clear cut which makes it difficult to enforce.  It’s obvious if all of the missions created by one account are designed to promote another, but what if its half the mission? Or a quarter?  If EAv specifies that threshold in the TOS some users will undoubtedly walk right up to that line

What would you recommend EAv do?