Final thoughts on the TechCrunchUK debacle
- Real time is fine, but when (driven by exhaustion) France’s number one blogger insults you openly on your site, it may be time to call a time out and engage in dialog. Blogs are supposed to be about conversations, this time it was more about asynchronous slander. My judgement is that Sam should have taken a breather and talked this one over with both Mike and Loic. Offline is sometimes better.
- Having said that, I would side with Sam were I forced to take sides. Here is a guy who reacted in the way a real time blogger who is a full partner of TCUK would be expected to.
- On reflection, the defense of Mike (they were not a sponsor because no money changed hands) is slightly Clintonesque: factually true but not right either. To blog prosecutor: "I did engage in barter advertising but did not actually cash out". I still respect Mike’s decision as the senior partner in TCUK.
- Finally, I don’t see how TCUK recovers from this. Who will step in the shoes of the murdered man ? They should just close it down for 6 months.
Also some final words on lewebtrois by a much better blogger than I.