Arrington Declares War on Zuckerberg

December 7th, 2007 at 12:00 am

An interesting post from Michael Arrington today on his popular Web2.0 blog TechCrunch is probably the first time I’ve seen a company declaring war on another company. Sure there are cold wars between many of the largest companies on Earth, but aside from the blatant lambasting of Pepsi and CocaCola, this declaration of war by Arrington is very open.

"But I am not happy at all with Facebook about this. Stay the hell away from our employees, Facebook, and fill your employment quotas elsewhere. Anyone else, and I declare war."

Arrington is the founder of TechCrunch which is a very influenttial blog with over 600 thousand subscribers. Simply put, Arrington is a celebrity in the world of the internet. Just like showbiz, celebrities have theri issues with each other and this recent rant of Arrington implicates the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Arrington is pissed over the fact that Facebook has acquired one of his employees, a Product Manager for Crunchbase, Ben Meyer. He is aware that Facebook is expanding and has blogged about Googlers transferring to the social network. However, when his own PRoduct Manager, Meyer, accepted an offer from Facebook, Arrington just git pissed off and declared war on Zuck’s social network.

The blog post on TechCrunch did not only broadcast Arrington’s sentiments but also asked for any "highly negative Facebook story, send it our way. Unfounded rumors and pure speculation are encouraged." Obviously Arrington is out to spite Facebook.

On a lighter note, Arrington congratulated Ben Meyer and was happy for his internee protege turned product manager. He just just puts all the blame on Facebook.



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