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Wired News copies Marketing Nirvana!

Well — or great minds think alike, either way, I’m thrilled!

Wired News, one of my favorite tech websites, had a post yesterday on the Best Blogfights of 2006 (via Steve Rubel) which seems a close adaptation of two posts I wrote last year:

Top 5 Blogosphere Smackdowns – July 06
Blogosphere Smackdown – Aug 06

The Wired News Top 5 and Marketing Nirvana’s Top 5 had two smackdowns in common:

1. Contenders: Amanda Congdon vs. Andrew Baron
2. Contenders: Jason Calacanis (Netscape) vs. Kevin Rose (Digg)

Here are the remaining 4 smackdowns from Marketing Nirvana that Michael Calore from Wired missed:

3. The LongTail Smackdown
Contenders: Lee Gomes (WSJ) vs. Chris Anderson (Wired)

4. The “Web 2.0″ Smackdown
Contenders: O’Reilly vs. Tom Raftrey

5. The Web Journalism Smackdown
Contenders: Robert Scoble vs. “The Irritant Journalist

6. The Business Week Smackdown
Contenders: Journalists vs. Bloggers

Click on the title links above to view the Techmeme Discussions surrounding the fight/smackdown and click on the individual contenders to see what they had to say.

Steve Rubel calls for a ceasefire to such petty politics and John Koetsier equates the blogosphere w/ high-school, but then c’mon, aren’t we allowed a few guilty pleasures.

My favorite web fight will be a toss-up between the O’Reilly fight and the Scoble fight. Scoble’s quote alone is priceless!

Most importantly:

Which of the above smackdowns did you enjoy the most and why?

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9 Responses

  1. Hi Mario,

    When are we going to get into a fight? 😉

    I think the Congdon vs. Baron one was probably the most notable one. Perhaps we should let them slug it out & let the PPV proceeds go to charity? My money is on Congdon.


  2. Mario Sundar says:

    Hey buddy,

    I told you — we belong to the friends camp! No fighting here 🙂

    Congdon definitely won that one, after leveraging her skills to get on ABC & HBO.


  3. Hi Mario,

    We should have a fake fight:-0 Perhaps it would draw more attention to our blogs;-)

    Jeremiah vs. Shel
    Scoble vs. Arrington

    All of the proceeds could go to Unitus! That is, if we actually made any money….


  4. Mario Sundar says:

    Count me in. I don’t think J will be open to the idea, tho. And looks like Scoble is moving away from these blog smack downs as well 😦

    Nevertheless, nice idea 😉


    Thanks for the heads-up on the C2.0 conference (on community!).


  5. Hi Mario,

    I didn’t actually know about the conference until I checked my referrer log:) As I am not sure about when I return to Thailand, I can’t say if I can go to the event.


  6. Mario Sundar says:

    Keep us posted, Damon.

    Also, did you check my latest post on events. Let me know if you plan on attending any of these:


  7. Hi Mario,

    I will most certainly try to attend at least one of the events. As you know, my life tends to be very flighty;-)


  8. Mario Sundar says:

    Sounds great, Damon!

    I look forward to seeing you at some of those events.


  9. SmackDown says:


    Interesting post. I came across this blog by accident, but it was a good accident. I have now bookmarked your blog for future use. Best wishes Torrie


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