All posts for “disruption”

No Love for SFX Baseball's Strong-Arm Tactics

Posted by: leelefever on July 29, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: disruption, friends, legal

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I just got an email from Patrick O'Keefe, a friend that I've known through the web for years. His story got my blood boiling and I want to share it. Updated:  Patrick will not have to give up his site (for now).   Patrick owns a Mariano Rivera fan site at MarianoRivera.com. Here's the banner - notice the "unofficial" part. Rivera is a relief pitcher for for the NY Yankees. Just recently he was contacted by SFX Baseball, who represents Rivera. Without any other contact, they have accused... Continue Reading

Plenty of Fish and Dating Site Disruption

Posted by: leelefever on June 10, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: advertising, business, community, disruption, google

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If you haven't heard about Markus Frind and his dating site at plentyoffish.com, you will. Markus is singlehandedly disrupting the dating site industry by offering a free alternative to pay-to-play sites like match.com. What makes his story so interesting is that he is the site's only employee - he runs the whole site from his Vancouver, Canada apartment and makes millions of dollars from Google ad revenue. Here are some of the basic facts from a recent Wall Street Journal story (via:... Continue Reading

Jake Takes on American Airlines

Posted by: leelefever on September 21, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, business, disruption, friends

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I love this kind of thing- the little guy does what he can to take on a big company. Jake is a loyal customer (platinum member) of American Airlines, but got dissed recently over a $50 mix-up that was their fault and got insulted at the same time. So, he's written a letter to the company explaining the circumstances and counting (literally, by the second, on his site) how long it takes to get an reply/apology from the company. Will they reply? Does it matter that he's blogging it all? It'll... Continue Reading

The Blogumentary Battle

Posted by: leelefever on June 5, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, disruption, video

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The other day, Nancy White asked me if I had ever heard about this documentary about blogs called 59 bloggers. I hadn't, but checked out the (Wordpress) web site, which was a blog, but with only one entry. One weird thing was that the blogroll still had the wordpress defaults. Something seemed weird. Then, Duncan posts Don't mess with us nerds which tells the sordid tale of the "59 Bloggers" guy and his attempted bullying of Chuck Olsen, who has been working on a blogumentary (a term he... Continue Reading

Community Guy Snapcast on Kryptonite

Posted by: leelefever on May 4, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, community, disruption, podcast

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We we're actually "on" kryptonite, but we talked about it during the podcast. Jake McKee, Chris Carfi and me talked about the recent story about Kryptonite- bike locks that can be picked with a bic pen. More than that, we focused on how the company handled the affair and Jake's recent email interview with the Kryptonite PR person. As always, it was a good time. Enjoy. Update: I uploaded a picture of yours truly during the snapcast and give you a tour of the scene with flickr notes on the... Continue Reading