Some of the “HuffPost family” are revolting and their battlecry/hashtag is #huffpuff.
In the wake of the announcement that AOL bought Huffington Post, the people from their online community are incensed. One of their grievances is Huffington Post utilized free content provided by “independent journalists” and when editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington cashed in to the tune of $315 million, the bloggers were not considered any compensation.
Some bloggers have told FishbowlLA, they will just no longer post. Others have reported deleting their accounts. Al Giordano wrote that it took him 90 minutes to take down his account completely and then he posted:
As author and sole owner of the words in this story, I did not write them for AOL, and do not wish to have any association with it imposed upon me. The original text may still be found at http://narconews.com/thefield – Al Giordano, February 7, 2011
Adbusters is who originally coined the hashtag #huffpuff:
Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists. She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she’s cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp.
We are the ones who built the Huffington Post. And now we will be the ones who will huff & puff it down.
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