GYM Free
Condemned to the 2nd Circle of Hell


A shortlived buzzword, but buzzy nonetheless.

[...] whether we hate them, or we love them, we do love to talk about them. Them being Google, Yahoo and Microsoft aka GYM. [...] Instead we shifted our focus on the little guys, interesting technologies, and some other important stuff. Can the blogs exist without talking about the GYM? I don’t know…maybe be a week. I am going to try, and see how long this detox can last.

(from Om Malik)

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    Brian Benzinger Says:

    First off, who decided on the order of the companies for, GYM? Why couldn’t it be MYG… that sounds cool (“mig”). GYM reminds me too much of High School… I didn’t like High School.

    GYM… it just seems silly. I think I used the term once before on my site and I felt really awkward using it. I must say, this is one of the more confusing buzzwords I have seen as when someone state what it means when they use it, it might not make sense to the reader.

    If I am thinking correctly… GYM is an audio format too.

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    Kyle Jones Says:

    Or why not YMG, which immediately makes me think of Yngwie Malmsteen, and being remotely Yngwie free would be a bad thing. But I think I’m missing the point here.

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    Brian Says:

    Being that most people (especially in America) don’t go the the GYM. I can see that talking about the GYM just would be pointless ,since so few are actually interested. Now I do think that more people need to go to the GYM, as too many people are obese. I think the other reason people don’t go the the GYM is that most cost money, and who wants to pay to sweat?

    What were we talking about again?

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    Bryan Says:

    What were we talking about again?

    Brian. That’s exactly the point. :)

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    Mauro Rita Says:

    Didn’t Scoble try to go GYM-free and failed at it ?

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    Bryan Says:

    Didn’t Scoble try to go GYM-free and failed at it?

    As far as I know, that’s true.

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    Ian Gordon Says:

    What the fudge does GYM stand for? I mean seriously.

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    Brian Says:

    GYM is another word for sugar. “Sugar” free.

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    Phrakk Says:

    Don’t need this word in my life.

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    Shane Says:

    This really must be a crap buzzword. I tend to frequent tech sites, and have never heard it till I came here. However, I guess it’s used predominantly in blogs, which I never go to, so that would explain it. Either way, its crap.

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    Dryte Says:

    people feel they must rebel against anything mainstream and large/popular in society. g.y.m. just seems lame. g.y.m. free is lamer. don’t mention those…they’re too big. they’re taking over the interenet. STUPID. my advise. think for yourself

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    Matt Says:

    If a blog is not read, does it still exist?

    What will these morons be doing in 2008?

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    (Don’t) Go to the GYM * Says:

    [...] GYM stands for Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, FYI. The phrase was coined by Om Malik and became a loathed word. “GYM Free” means avoiding blogging about either one of the big three. It’s an interesting challenge but may not be effective. [...]

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