Jun 20, 2007 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

eBay and Google, two of the biggest corporate names have been seen childishly scuffling all over the place. We have unbelievably watched spats between the two web giants over audio ads or eBay pulling out ads from Google AdWords, but this one incident posted by Trogdor is the most shocking and hilarious.

Read on for what Trogdor witnesses:

“On Saturday, June 16, I saw the clash of the giants get physical. I was at the closing gala for the eBay Live 2007 conference as an exhibitor. The conference itself had some interesting features: attendance was lower than eBay had expected, there were fewer exhibitors as well (various eBay organs took up nearly 50% of the trade show floor), and eBay announced they were lowering their rates on some auction styles. From those items, draw what conclusions you will.

But that's not what I'm here to highlight for you. Like I said, I was at the finale. With Kool and the Gang performing for a rather packed dance floor, I noticed some big guys move past me, their white polo shirts saying "eBay Security". Along with them was a man working for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, as well as the first speaker from the opening party (the opening party where CEO Meg Whitman talked about a lot of things and avoided mention of Google).

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. I considered edging closer or taking pictures, but didn't want to get kicked out myself. The men talked to each other for 5 minutes, and the discussion seemed cordial enough. The Googlers were then escorted out of the building. I'd spoken to some other Googlers – actually sat near some girls at the opening talk. When the PayPal statistics came out, they guffawed a little – I got the feeling that some of the things PayPal was bragging about, Google had already surpassed. The other things, Google hadn't yet, but it was just a matter of time.

I couldn't call any of them spies per se, as they were wearing Google shirts and gave out Google business cards. So it was quite surprising that the two guys in front of me at the finale were given the boot. Makes you wonder what what they did to become unwelcome at eBay's party.”

On reader, Missy comments, "It's rude as hell and makes you look like spoilt toddlers. They probably got ejected for appalling manners." While another called ReaderFromGoogleReader, says, "So I guess we won't be seeing a GoogleBay or eBoogle any time in the near future?"

Here's another article by Alex E., another eBay Live! conference attendee who "was thrown out by eBay's VP of Marketing and a team of bodyguards for wearing a polo shirt with a Google logo."

But the funniest bit was learning that Kool & the Gang were the entertainers for the event. Wonder who the actual entertainers turned out to be.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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