John Gruber Has Something Glenn Beck Wants.

glenn beck John Gruber Has Something Glenn Beck Wants.No one expected Glenn Beck’s first venture in the post-Fox news era to be a Groupon style e-commerce site.

But the icing on the cake is that Beck named his new venture

Seems simple, easy to remember and relevant to the business at hand. Except that uber-famous Apple blogger John Gruber created a product named Markdown years ago. And he owns the twitter account @ markdown. And he hates Glenn Beck.

Markdown is a, “Plain text to HTML converter, relying on standardised but natural formatting syntax in the plain text.” It was created by Gruber and activist programmer Aaron Swartz, who was part of Y Combinator’s first summer class.

Gruber wasn’t shy about pointing at that Beck’s rants amount to a variety of “Nazi Tourettes”. He took personal offense when Beck called out his hometown of Philly.

As Anil Dash pointed out, “I’m sure Glenn Beck starting a new business with a name that @Gruber‘s owned in Google for a decade will end well.”

Type Markdown into Google and the first five results belong to Gruber. That’s going to be a tough hill for Beck’s new venture to climb.

And with a Twitter account by the same name, @Markdown could easily make life hell for Beck. “And I expect John will :)” tweeted Swartz.


  1.  This is such a non-story.

    1. Holybunker says:

      Do you always take time out of your day to comment on non-stories?

      More likely, you are just wishing aloud.

      1. spragued says:

        The only thing worse would be taking time out to comment on a comment to a non-story. Doh!

  2. Spooner says:

    Gruber is a total fascist, but he has is head so far up his ass that he can’t even be honest about what Glenn Beck actually says and believes. 

    Glenn Beck isn’t as libertarian as he should be, but Gruber is an absolutely reprehensible scumbag.

    1. Scotty says:

      “Glenn Beck is a total fascist, but he has is head so far up his ass that he can’t even be honest about what he actually says and believes.

      Gruber isn’t as libertarian as he should be, but Glenn Beck is an absolutely reprehensible scumbag.”

      Fixed it for you.

      1. Mike Beasley says:

        No, it was right to begin with.

    2. Nick Heer says:

      I think your definition of fascism differs from that in a dictionary, encyclopaedia, or that of any political scholar. Try again.

    3. Christian Romney says:

      Right, cause Gruber’s the one who dresses up like a National Socialist.

  3. Mykeke says:

     Yes, because people searching for chocolates search Google for “Markdown.” No, they search for “chocolates.”

    Also, if Gruber wanted to own the term Markdown so much, he’d own the domain.

    Also, trademark law has different ‘classes’ for a reason.

    1. Ben Popper says:

      I’m sure chocolates is a super cheap and easy keyword to rank for. 

      Also, when I hear about a company, I often type the name into Google to learn more. 

    2. Anonymous says:

      Yep, you sure did miss the point.

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