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Davezilla.com is a humor website, run by C-E Social Media Director Dave Linabury since December, 1994. It began much as Yahoo did, as a link portal to items of interest to Linabury, humor and hacking links. In 1996, Linabury began adding his cartoons. When the first blogging platforms emerged, Davezilla switched to a daily site, focusing mainly on humor at the suggestion of blogger Jeffrey Zeldman. Since then, it has become a popular destination for bloggers. In 2000, the site gained notoriety by receiving a Cease and desist letter from Seyfarth Shaw, the legal representation for the Toho Corporation of Japan due to the website's name being partly derived from the word "Godzilla." After Linabury posted the C&D letter on numerous blogs and legal websites, Seyfarth Shaw backed off.
In 2000, Davezilla.com began running "Anagram Interviews", a concept pioneered by Linabury in which a fake interview was conducted with answers composed only of anagrams of the interviewee's name. For example, this excerpt from the interview with Paris Hilton:
Davezilla: “First off, how do you start the week?”
Paris Hilton: “I plan or shit.”
Davezilla: “Um, Paris? What are you doing under the table? Drop something?”
Paris Hilton: “Lost hairpin.”
Davezilla: “I heard you once seduced Ralph Lauren.”Paris Hilton: “I sit on Ralph.”
Dave Linabury was born January 30, 1964. He is currently the Social Media Director at Campbell-Ewald in Warren, Michigan. He has been interviewed by Wired magazine, CNET and several other publications on the subject of blogging.
- New York Times: Compressed Data; And Now the Sequel: Every-zilla Meets the Lawyers
- CNET: Godzilla vs. the blog thing
- Register UK: Godzilla attacks harmless blogger
- Chilling Effects: Godzilla tries to stomp Davezilla.com
- Wikipedia: List of American bloggers