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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Gawkers

So it seems open-source advocates get lambasted when they sue nonprofits for using terms like "Web 2.0" because said advocates' companies have registered "Web 2.0" as a servicemark. How doubly ironic when said nonprofit has invited you to speak at their conference.

Already, the reaction has outstripped commentary on the O.J. Trial. Next we'll probably be downloading video of Tim O'Reilly doing a slow getaway in a white Bronco, with a horrified look on his face as he hops "back on the grid" and checks his Blackberry...

I'm sure you don't need my take, so here's a meta-take. I looked at all the blog comments on the Radar O'Reilly blog and I'd like to vote for this one as my favorite:


Sara: Hi Tim, how's your vacation going?

Tim: Pretty good. What's up Sara?

Sara: Um, well, remember that idea I had to sue non-profits for cash?

Tim: Yeah.Sara: And remember how I told you I was good at PR?

Tim: Mmm-hmm.

Sara: Yeah, well...hmm, let's see, how to put this? There's a bit of a "situation" developing here.

Tim: Don't worry about it, Toots, I'll have facilities fix the coffee-maker first thing Monday morning, as soon as I get back.

Sara: No, no, it's not about the coffee-maker.

Tim: So what's this about?

Sara: Well, remember when Michael Brown got that FEMA job for which his only qualification was being a colossal failure at raising Arabian horses?

Tim: Yes.

Sara: And remember how I told you that I had some PR experience but you never checked my references because we were sleeping together at the time?

Tim: Yes.

Sara: Well, I've never actually "done" PR. My most recent position was cleaning the Arabian Horse stables for Michael Brown.

Tim: Are you saying you've Katrinaed us?

Sara: Yes. And I've done a "heckuva job" of it.

Posted by: JP at May 26, 2006 03:51 PM

It's funny, because it's not true.

Except for the part about CMP Media registering Web 2.0 as a servicemark, and suing a nonprofit. That happened!

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