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Dropping the (Rocket)Boom

In the business world, headlines have been resounding with the news that PayPal‘s president is leaving Ebay. The announcement has led to a stock drop, as well as speculation about what it means for Meg Whitman‘s eventual succession. (Jeff Jordan was seen as a leading contender for the head role.)

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Meanwhile, in the Web world, Amanda Congdon‘s apparently acrimonious split with the groundbreaking video blog Rocketboom is raising some eyebrows. One partner says she’s moving to LA to pursue a Hollywood dream. Congdon says she was fired and is now living with her parents. A successor has been named.

Regardless of which side is spinning — and which is speaking truth — the parting has become one of the most popular searches in Technorati. And it parallels — in my opinion — Star Jones’s departure from the view and Dan Rather’s split with CBS and signing onto HDNet.

For me, the changeover at Rocketboom isn’t just a succession story, but a branding story. Dave Winer has publicly supported both actors in the online controversy, but the question remains:

Is Rocketboom Rocketboom without Congdon as host?

Take the Fast Company poll.

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