Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Google Guys Kicked from eBay Conference?

Stories from the closing Gala at eBay Live! Where eBay had a friendly chat with some Google party crashers.

"This quartet tapped the shoulders of two young men in front of me. They turned around, and on a black polo shirt I spied the Google logo. “Let’s go have a chat,” said one of the security men; he clearly was not asking. The Googlers smiled and complied, and they moved with their new handlers to the edge of the dance floor."

Update: Apparently the two eBay Live Gala attendees that got the boot weren't actually Google employees. It appears to be a PR stunt by a web vendor. Oh well it was an interesting story for a day or two.

read the story here | digg story


Sue said...

I don't think eBay in general or Gary Briggs in particular come out of this story very well, but I can't help thinking that if I'd been an exhibitor who'd paid for a stand, I'd have been a bit miffed to see these two guys promoting their product like this, having come in on a normal conference ticket. PLUS on day three of Live when the Google/eBay row was all over the internet, turning up wearing a Google shirt was at best naive and at worst deliberately provocative. Don't have much sympathy for any of the parties involved tbh.

Randy Smythe said...

I just think it was another stunt for attention. I don't believe they expected to get kicked out though.

It is very clear eBay wants to protect their eBay Live franchise so word to the wise for next year don't plan a PR stunt for or there will be hell to pay.

BTW, though I think eBay overreacted in this case and the Google Party case they showed some stones. I do admire that.