Pantsuit Nation Group Creator Tries to Profit from Private Posts

December 27, 2016

The Baltimore Sun

Every day, we share our thoughts, creations, photographs and opinions freely via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media. But few of us have gone through the arduous task of reading the terms of service that govern how the social media platform uses our content, and fewer still know how other users might profit from our content.

The case of the "Pantsuit Nation" book deal is one individuals and companies alike can learn from.

In late October, a private Facebook group titled Pantsuit Nation sprung up as a means of rallying for and celebrating the accomplishments of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, and later commiserating over her loss.

In order to gain access to the group, a current member had to add you to the secret club. By Election Day, Pantsuit Nation was thriving with a constant flow of honest, open and often raw posts being shared by Facebook users from all over the country.

On Dec. 19th, the Pantsuit Nation group founder, Libby Chamberlain, announced to the group that she had a book deal to take the stories posted in the private group and share them with the world. Ms. Chamberlain explained she would be seeking permission from those users who contributed exceptional posts and asked others to submit those posts they wanted considered for publication in the book.

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“Pantsuit Nation Group Creator Tries to Profit from Private Posts,” by Gabriella E. Ziccarelli was published in The Baltimore Sun on December 27, 2016. Reprinted with permission.