Amanda “unBoomed”?

Damn, I know both Amanda and Andrew and this came out of left field for me (she announced on a new her videoblog titled “Amanda Unboomed” that she’s leaving the popular RocketBoom).

Digg, of course, has tons of comments. I really hate how people treat people online. The sexism that leaks into forums is just sickening.

Update: the best, and most thoughtful comments are on blogs. Memeorandum rocks again. I am really starting to hate anonymous comments. They are always the worst and I rarely learn something from someone who isn’t willing to sign his or her name to their text.

Update 2: I just deleted a part of my post. It’s clear that Amanda and Andrew are in pretty deep pain (I just read more about what was behind this). Instead of trying to take advantage of this professionally just wanted to say I’m saddened by this, and offer my support for whatever path Amanda and Andrew take in the future.

Update 3: Om Malik says I should hire her. Heheheh, maybe I should go on Rocketboom as guest host? Nah, that’d scare away the audience for sure!

Update 4: Jason Calacanis makes her an offer to be the public face of Netscape.

Update 5: Dave Winer wrote “what we do and don’t know about Rocketboom.” It’s a good note to read and consider, since Dave’s been hanging out with Andrew a bit lately.

135 thoughts on “Amanda “unBoomed”?

  1. Everyone’s talking about hiring Amanda, but Robert you should hire Karim at PodTech.net. He’s hilarious.

    Another vote for Karim. If he joins, mark me down too.

  2. Everyone’s talking about hiring Amanda, but Robert you should hire Karim at PodTech.net. He’s hilarious.

    Another vote for Karim. If he joins, mark me down too.

  3. Watching all of this has been more fun than the Jen/Brangelina triangle I’ve covered over the past year.

    …Hmm, Since Mr. and Mrs. Smith was the cause of Brad and Jen breaking up, I’m putting my money on Scoble as being the cause of Rocket-unboomed.

    It all started with that Rocketboom interview Amanda did with Scoble about his departure from Microsoft. You could see it in their eyes. I’m telling you, she’s destined for PodTech.

  4. Watching all of this has been more fun than the Jen/Brangelina triangle I’ve covered over the past year.

    …Hmm, Since Mr. and Mrs. Smith was the cause of Brad and Jen breaking up, I’m putting my money on Scoble as being the cause of Rocket-unboomed.

    It all started with that Rocketboom interview Amanda did with Scoble about his departure from Microsoft. You could see it in their eyes. I’m telling you, she’s destined for PodTech.

  5. Christopher: LOL

    Nab: Thanks… you are too kind, putting crazy ideas in Scoble’s head…

    Scoble: After I got done laughing, I started considering the idea. Part of me thought, “I can’t get involved… I’ve got work to do. It’s not that I like the Empire; I hate it. But there’s nothing I can do about it right now. And Alderaan is such a long way from here. Er, I mean California….”

    Which of course was followed by the wise old voice in my head saying, “That’s your uncle talking.”

    I suppose the next step would be for me to come back from Starbucks to find the charred corpses of my only remaining relatives just outside the smouldering remains of my apartment. “Aunt Beru? Uncle Owen? Aunt — OH.”

    And to top it all off, I’m typing this on a Mac. What’s happening to meeee…

    Apparently it’s like, National Crazy Idea Week or something. But I’ll put your phone number in my mobile and think about it… :-)

  6. Christopher: LOL

    Nab: Thanks… you are too kind, putting crazy ideas in Scoble’s head…

    Scoble: After I got done laughing, I started considering the idea. Part of me thought, “I can’t get involved… I’ve got work to do. It’s not that I like the Empire; I hate it. But there’s nothing I can do about it right now. And Alderaan is such a long way from here. Er, I mean California….”

    Which of course was followed by the wise old voice in my head saying, “That’s your uncle talking.”

    I suppose the next step would be for me to come back from Starbucks to find the charred corpses of my only remaining relatives just outside the smouldering remains of my apartment. “Aunt Beru? Uncle Owen? Aunt — OH.”

    And to top it all off, I’m typing this on a Mac. What’s happening to meeee…

    Apparently it’s like, National Crazy Idea Week or something. But I’ll put your phone number in my mobile and think about it… :-)

  7. Yup – dirty laundry is dirty laundry… even if it is meant the clear the air, people will always remember your dirty laundry.

    Amanda would be GREAT on a reality television show – those are basically just produced versions of dirty laundry, which is so far what the unboomed blog is as well.

  8. Yup – dirty laundry is dirty laundry… even if it is meant the clear the air, people will always remember your dirty laundry.

    Amanda would be GREAT on a reality television show – those are basically just produced versions of dirty laundry, which is so far what the unboomed blog is as well.

  9. You know what, if she owned 49% of Rocketboom like she said she did, she should have just gone the legal way and made sure to reaffirm her position on this. She should have issued a reserved press release, not a personal letter with refutations incldued by her. It doesn’t look professional and makes me think that there probably is a lot more going on that will ever be revealed.

  10. You know what, if she owned 49% of Rocketboom like she said she did, she should have just gone the legal way and made sure to reaffirm her position on this. She should have issued a reserved press release, not a personal letter with refutations incldued by her. It doesn’t look professional and makes me think that there probably is a lot more going on that will ever be revealed.

  11. That’s a good point Dennis…..Future employers are watching how this plays out and it will always be in the back of their mind how she posted private communications on a blog for thousands of people to read. I understand her desire not to be the bad guy, but I’m not sure posting that letter was the wisest thing to do.

  12. That’s a good point Dennis…..Future employers are watching how this plays out and it will always be in the back of their mind how she posted private communications on a blog for thousands of people to read. I understand her desire not to be the bad guy, but I’m not sure posting that letter was the wisest thing to do.

  13. I’m with Michel on this – would you employ someone who chooses to put out an internal dispute into the public domain? I certainly would not – doesn’t matter how poplar they are. Makes them dangerous to the business.

  14. I’m with Michel on this – would you employ someone who chooses to put out an internal dispute into the public domain? I certainly would not – doesn’t matter how poplar they are. Makes them dangerous to the business.

  15. Mudslinging and fighting in public is always a distasteful affair, and as a disinterested onlooker (rocketboom? who cares?) I can only say that there are at least two sides to every story and the truth is usually somewhere in the middle.

    ps. Did you really expect anything else from Digg? It’s full of 12-16 year olds.

  16. Mudslinging and fighting in public is always a distasteful affair, and as a disinterested onlooker (rocketboom? who cares?) I can only say that there are at least two sides to every story and the truth is usually somewhere in the middle.

    ps. Did you really expect anything else from Digg? It’s full of 12-16 year olds.

  17. Everyone’s talking about hiring Amanda, but Robert you should hire Karim at PodTech.net. He’s hilarious.

  18. Everyone’s talking about hiring Amanda, but Robert you should hire Karim at PodTech.net. He’s hilarious.

  19. what I really want to do is DIRECT

    Well the best DGA types are also WGA types, imho. Just no “film by” credit or the WGAw will REALLY take you out back and shoot you. ;)

    If Fox News covered it, Amanda-style…

    CUT TO:

    INT. PODCAST DAILY NEWSROOM STUDIO – DAY

    A NEWS ANCHOR, decked up in an impeccably slick $1000 suit and tie, is shuffling papers, acting hurried, very stern looking. Plastic bass-beat breaking news music in background, collects papers together and looks to the camera…

    NEWS ANCHOR:
    Breaking news. This just in. Stand by for a live feed.

    REPORTER:
    (decked up in neon greenish pink outfit, chewing gum)
    Whoa, the red light is on, like ok, like wait, cantyouseeimbusy. [20 second pause] Ok, so, like, yeah, like see, this Amanda, like wants to like, goto LA and become a movieeee star, so like, she, like, totally, like bailed, like on camera. And that other dude something, like doesn’t like LA, like gag me with, like, a spoon, like I mean, no duh. But, like, Amanda don’t, like, have, like no no job. So might not, like, be in, like LA, like bummer. But like a buncha blog total dweebos want like Amanda for, like, their, like nerd stuffs, like totally gaggy tubular. Like, gag…

  20. what I really want to do is DIRECT

    Well the best DGA types are also WGA types, imho. Just no “film by” credit or the WGAw will REALLY take you out back and shoot you. ;)

    If Fox News covered it, Amanda-style…

    CUT TO:

    INT. PODCAST DAILY NEWSROOM STUDIO – DAY

    A NEWS ANCHOR, decked up in an impeccably slick $1000 suit and tie, is shuffling papers, acting hurried, very stern looking. Plastic bass-beat breaking news music in background, collects papers together and looks to the camera…

    NEWS ANCHOR:
    Breaking news. This just in. Stand by for a live feed.

    REPORTER:
    (decked up in neon greenish pink outfit, chewing gum)
    Whoa, the red light is on, like ok, like wait, cantyouseeimbusy. [20 second pause] Ok, so, like, yeah, like see, this Amanda, like wants to like, goto LA and become a movieeee star, so like, she, like, totally, like bailed, like on camera. And that other dude something, like doesn’t like LA, like gag me with, like, a spoon, like I mean, no duh. But, like, Amanda don’t, like, have, like no no job. So might not, like, be in, like LA, like bummer. But like a buncha blog total dweebos want like Amanda for, like, their, like nerd stuffs, like totally gaggy tubular. Like, gag…

  21. The more I read the first-party letters, the uglier it looks. The timing for this unraveling is no coincidence. Sometimes transparency is a self-inflicted gunshut wound.

  22. The more I read the first-party letters, the uglier it looks. The timing for this unraveling is no coincidence. Sometimes transparency is a self-inflicted gunshut wound.

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