In the red corner, fighting out of Redmond, Washington, with $86 billion in assets and 89,000 slave-driven employees . . .it's Microsoft! And in the blue corner, from Mountain View, California, commanding $46 billion in assets and helping 65 percent of the country find its porn . . . Google! Lllllllleeeettt's get ready Twumble!
After initially brushing off the finger-pointing, Microsoft published a blog entry defending its search engine and denying stealing anything.
Then it went to the Twitter mats, and things started to get nasty.
Microsoft's Frank X. Shaw Tweeted:
1. Don't be fooled. Google wants to change subject because they're under investigation in the US and Europe for manipulating search results.less than a minute ago via Seesmic DesktopFrank X. Shaw
Now it's Google's Matt Cutts' turn. He Twote:
Soon other techies weighed in, like New York programmer and RSS inventor Dave Winer. He posted a link to an earlier story:
Shaw no likey:
Dave doubles down:
Fuck you, Dave!
No, fuck YOU, Frank!
And one other thing, Matt:
Other Microsofties like Scott Massey got involved:
As did Google's main account:
We could go on like this for a while, but you get the idea.
Hopefully, the next stop after Twitter will be a proper cage match, Schmidt vs. Ballmer, no holds barred. My money's on Ballmer. That dude's a beast.