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Adobe and Social Media Terrorists

Blogs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective

Since launching our revolutionary Ulitzer platform we have been the butt of a smear campaign perpetrated by a small number of social media terrorists from within Adobe's Flex user community.

Ulitzer, Inc. owns www.sys-con.com.

I cannot imagine a Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Google, or Apple employee publicly writing "SYS-CON should die!" under his or her corporate credentials, or leaving reader feedback on a Gartner blog implying "SYS-CON are thieves" next to his or her corporate credentials especially when the allegation is false and carries legal consequences.

Naturally we documented these attacks and forwarded them to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. Adobe assured us that none of its employees would do such a thing and claimed it must be a few "disgruntled" members of the Flex community.

In other words Adobe shrugged off the libels and failed to rein in its people.

This lack of adult supervision is reinforced by the lawlessness of social media, where there is little to no accountability and careless invective is common.

It is hard to imagine responsible people giving such rants any credence but they taint the environment in which we all work, leave lasting misimpressions and damage reputations for no good reason.

SYS-CON has worked hard for two decades to build its good name and I have no intention of ignoring these smears on our reputation. I will take legal action against those responsible for these attacks.

I would tell Adobe's management that it needs to create and implement a clear corporate policy for employees who contribute to social media, and to educate its user base at the same time.

It is unclear to me why Adobe hasn't done this already before these hooligans taint it. It is doubly unclear to me since SYS-CON Media has had a long association with Adobe technologies.

We started publishing ColdFusion Developer's Journal nine years ago as a testament to ColdFusion's powerful entry position in the development tools market.

CFDJ was influential in Allaire's successful IPO and later during Macromedia's acquisition of the company.

Based on CFDJ's success we launched MXDJ for Macromedia users. By the time Adobe acquired Macromedia MXDJ was being printed and distributed in multiple languages including French, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Standard Chinese.

With more than 2,000 original articles to its credit, CFDJ today offers the richest technical content archive for the CF community.

SYS-CON has also published more than 4,000 stories about Flex, 15,000 stories about Flash and 8,000 stories about Adobe itself.

SYS-CON Media has doubtlessly published the largest number of articles, news, feature stories and blog posts about Adobe and Adobe products.

Both CFDJ and MXDJ (later renamed Flex Developer's Journal) have consistently been an integral part of Allaire, Macromedia and Adobe's service to their user communities.

We Have Seen This Movie Before and We Know Its Ending!
This is not the first time SYS-CON has dealt with online terror attacks.

A few years ago when we attempted to reveal the identity of an anonymous open source blogger, we suffered weeks' worth of DDoS attacks. The online lynch mob posted hundreds if not thousands of threads and blog entries smearing us.

Simply Google my name to see examples of these attacks by bullies who just didn't want to see advertising banners when they consumed free quality content on our website.

"Mass psychology" scientists study this kind of phenomena and the "mass psychology of fascism" is of course the most famous lab case.

The extraordinary experience SYS-CON Media lived through became part of a Forbes Magazine investigative cover story called "Attack of the Blogs" that found that "Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective. Their potent allies in this pursuit include Google and Yahoo."

The lies, libel and invective we are living through today is another such episode. Our partners, readers and the industry in general know the facts and what's going on but in a rare example like the email below, we can't be sure if everyone is on the same page as the rest of us.

Subject: Request to Remove Curl Ulitzer Endorsement

In light of the documented questionable practices of SYS-CON and Ulitzer and the lack of a satisfactory response from SYS-CON regarding these allegations I and Curl no longer feel comfortable offing my endorsement.

I formally request that you remove it from the Ulitzer site wherever it appears.

Please acknowledge this request and inform when you have completed the removal of my Curl endorsement.


Richard Treadway
VP Sales and Marketing
Curl Inc

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Fuat Kircaali is the founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc.

Kircaali came to the United States from Zurich University, Switzerland in 1984 while studying for his PhD, to design computer systems for SH-2G submarine hunter helicopters for the U.S. Navy. He later worked at IBM's IS&CG Headquarters as a market research analyst under Mike Armstrong's leadership, an IBM executive who later ran IBM Europe and AT&T; and Fuat was the Director of Information Systems for UWCC, reporting to CEO Steve Silk (later Hebrew National CEO), one of the top marketing geniuses of the past two decades.

Kircaali founded SYS-CON Media in 1994, a privately held tech media company with sales exceeding $100 million. SYS-CON Media was listed twice by Inc 500 and Deloitte and Touche as one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Kircaali launched Ulitzer, Inc., a revolutionary "new media" start-up in mid 2009.

Fuat completed Bogazici University Business Administration program in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree. He was one of 50 students accepted to the program out of over 1 million high school graduates that year.


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