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Geeks gang up on on Twitter at SXSW again, dis interviewer of Twitter CEO

March 15, 2010 |  4:11 pm

The South by Southwest crowd was the source of another public stoning on Monday when Harvard Business Review's Umair Haque, author of the “The Awesomeness Manifesto," was anything but awesome.

HaqueGeeks attending the widely anticipated interview with Twitter CEO and founder Evan Williams protested with their feet and their tweets, departing en masse and digitally broadcasting their growing frustration to their followers on Twitter that Haque spent too much time speaking about himself and asking boring questions.

"Kanye this keynote," tweeted Maya Baratz.

"I think Umair's career as an interviewer is toast," tweeted Chris Sacca.

The standing-room-only event soon half emptied, a worse fate perhaps than befell the Austin festival’s most famous victim. Technology journalist Sarah Lacy was ruthlessly and relentlessly pannedfor the way she interviewed Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2008.

Williams made some interesting points but not enough to sate the appetite of frustrated geeks. So Williams held a second interview during which he promised to answer “tougher questions” about Twitter. One user asked: “What am I thinking right now?” Williams' answer: “Lady Gaga.”

 No post-interview tweets from Haque yet.

-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Umair Haque. Credit: psd