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Most tech press releases are merely boring or irrelevant. But it takes an especially poorly crafted pitch to offend a journo or blogger. Shannon Allen, today's nominee for the Valleywag Flacky Awards managed to write one. Tips for flacks:

  • The pitch e-mail should mention what's being pitched. This isn't a forwarded YouTube clip. It's your job.
  • Don't call the e-mail confidential. It's PR and your whole point is to get written up.
  • When someone actually clicks through, they don't want to hear an autoplay video. Especially if it has nothing to do with the press release.
  • Don't put inspirational quotes at the end. That's asinine.
  • Maybe have a stronger message than "We beat Google to this space." Because a week after its launch, Google's version will outclass yours, and it'll have a bigger user base.
  • Did I say "a week"? I meant "four hours, after which Google's server is crippled by the unexpected popularity."

After the jump, the offending release.

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Shannon Allen


Shannon Allen
CEO / Founder

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