Blogger vs. LiveJournal Webby War June 20, 2001 10:36 PM   Subscribe

Ev declares "war" on Livejournal. Yeah, they're pricks - but it may also smack of crass self promotion. Whaddya think?
posted by owillis to General Weblog-Related at 10:36 PM (11 comments total)

I would just let them win, and know you won the moral victory by not stooping to their level.

I don't know if being able to add "webby-award-winning" in front of the name of your site or company means anything anymore (Ev sorta alludes that he'll get magical funding if they win the award).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:52 PM on June 20, 2001

It's 2001. It's the year of We're no longer in la-la land. So why feed Tiffany Shlain's ego any more? There's no need.
posted by holgate at 7:29 AM on June 21, 2001

Moral victory schmoral victory.. owillis said it, they're pricks. Yes, we all now the webbies are dumb & Tiffany Shlain has an ego the size of New Mexico, but I'm willing to bet that 90% of the people on the web have been convinced that winning a webby is some sort of validation for a website. So, Blogger gets my vote. And before you deride Blogger for crass self-promotion, do realize that LJ is doing pretty much the same thing, which is how they've managed to crack the top 5 (through only write-in votes) in 4 or 5 different categories. If there was a category for most devoted userbase, they'd definitely win.
posted by zempf at 7:47 AM on June 21, 2001

I cannot understand the cult-like phenom they have going on over there...
posted by owillis at 10:58 AM on June 21, 2001

"Declaring war"? Looks more like he's acknowledging a war that has been declared against him. Doesn't make Ev's reaction any less of a play into their hands, though.
posted by harmful at 12:26 PM on June 21, 2001

Sorry, but I don't care about any of the three parties.

If blogger and livejournal go away, people might actually take the 5 minutes to learn HTML. If the webbies disappear, Tiffany Shlain will have to resort to becoming a webcam grrl to support her ego.
posted by john at 1:05 PM on June 21, 2001

After seeing the latest counterattack, my only hope is that the resulting pissing contest between Ev and Insomnia discredits the Webbies once and for all.
posted by harmful at 2:51 PM on June 21, 2001

you should really check out the discussion going on at the Webbys site. Pretty intense stuff.
posted by dogmatic at 12:32 PM on June 22, 2001

That discussion is just DAMN freaky. I knew both products had rabid fans, but I hadn't realized how rabid. Ay ay ay!
posted by megnut at 4:19 PM on June 23, 2001

My god. People who get that riled up about which online publishing service they use need to take a deep breath and follow that up with a good hard look at their own lives.
posted by Succa at 9:21 PM on June 23, 2001

For being the founder of a "Journal Community" over at LJ, Brad Fitz doesn't seem very into the whole thing.

"pineapples and pistachioes... mmm"
That's great.

"took a nap for a few hours"

posted by tomorama at 5:13 PM on July 18, 2001

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