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Is Ulitzer the Ugly Side of Sys-Con?

Posted by Sravan | March 31, 2009 .

The previous week wasn’t devoid of good news for the RIA community. Obama’s Online Town Hall is in Flash, the Silverlight Team which began tweeting is happy that MySpace has announced support for Silverlight, the Flash penetration numbers on Adobe Groups are impressive, the Flex BugQuash event was a grand success, and you can win free tickets to the FlashForum Conference by answering two simple questions. But there is an extremely unpleasant thing that the entire RIA community should be aware of.

Ulitzer is a Sys-Con company that was launched on Mar 27th, apparently has over 6,000 authors writing for it and pays 200% ad sense revenue to its authors. There are other illusions of grandeur that it attempts to create several of which smell anything between “stupid” and “evil”.

I won’t go over what all it has done because dear Aral has meticulously documented everything we need to know (about this side of the story) and you MUST read it, digg it and reddit. Not that it was necessary, but to the possible extent I’ve double-checked various details he provided in his blog and… Ulitzer has been nasty.

To think that they further stooped to such levels is not really shocking because, as I’m being reminded time and again these days, there is no cure for stupidity. Ulitzer is quickly editing stuff, covering the uncovered stinkers, but it started with such a humongous pile of bull crap – how did they even get there! – it is tough to get rid of the malodor.

I wonder who gave Ulitzer its name. It won’t be long before we have the Ulitzers being given out for stinker journalistic standards as against the Pulitzers for excellent standards.

It will be difficult for us to fondly remember Sys-Con as the media empire that launched the first independent magazine serving Adobe Flex developers worldwide. Though several expressed being peeved by the high density of ads on their pages, I was a regular visitor of their “journals” because I try to tolerate any place that has news of interest. Times have changed. I will not visit any Sys-Con web page until I find an explanation of its current misdeeds from a different independent source of news, and I request you to show your support.

Further Reads: Aral’s And Sys-Con Defames Me, And Sys-Con Libels Me *Again*, Inquisitr’s Sys-Con Caught Operating a Massive Splog, The Next Web’s How major publisher Sys-Con ruins their reputation in one fell swoop.

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