You the next contestant on who wants have image melt down. Rarely do you get to watch somebody build up an amazingly positive reputation only to watch it explode, live, on the Internet.
Tim O’Reilly is suing Tom Raftery over the term Web 2.0. But wait, there’s more! The target of the lawsuit? A non-profit. And the organizer, Tom? He has a new baby! A non-profit? Cute new babies? Oh yeah, when going for it, don’t wimp out, step up to the big leagues and press all the hot buttons. Lawyers, non-profits, babies, pissing off thousands of loyal fans/customers all in one shot. Excellent.
[Update: To be completely clear and fair, it is CMP that is suing Tom, not O’Reilly specifically. In my opinion, the letter which you can read for yourself clearly states there is a cooperation happening with O’Reilly. The words “working with” are good enough for the heat to be on Tim. That, in my view is somewhat guilt by association. A sorry it is CMP, not me, won’t be a reasonable answer to most people. Thanks, Liam.]
Also, in the news is the new “When does Tim fall on his sword” dead pool. For only $2 you can pick the time/date when Tim claims it was a mistake, apologizes, etc, etc. For a 1000 to 1 you can bet on Tim actually trying to defend this nonsense. Visa/MC accepted.
Why would anybody pay for an MBA with all this time of learning, live, available for free.
Everybody on the planet should immediately announce a Web 2.0 conference being held in their kitchen. Let’s give the O’Reilly (CMP, actually) lawyers something to really do. Heck, maybe Tim can get a bulk rate. If you have a new baby, don’t forget to add that.
Well done, Tim O’Reilly. Robert Scoble, all of Microsoft and Google appreciate you taking over the “King Evil” spot.
Thanks for the tip Shel.