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Has Festivus become too commercial for the rest of us?

December 25, 2008 |  9:16 am

FestivusThe merry band of entrepreneurs behind FriendFeed transformed the online service into "FestivusFeed" last year to celebrate the faux Christmastime holiday that became famous on an episode of "Seinfeld."

Instead of posting comments, FriendFeed users were invited to air grievances. So, in the spirit of the season, FriendFeed founder Paul Buchheit griped: "Festivus is being co-opted by profit-seeking corporations, and we're losing the true spirit of the holiday."

With FriendFeed exploiting Festivus to promote itself, "the comment was, of course, meant to be ironic," Buchheit said Wednesday.

But are corporate grinches really out to steal Festivus? The anti-holiday is starting to look a bit like, well, Christmas.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Wagner Cos. sells six-foot Festivus poles for $39 plus shipping. Credit: Morry Gash / Associated Press

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