Friday, March 12, 2010

IHATECROCS: in the Globe and Mail

Hi guys.

Just a quick update to let you know IHATECROCS is in the Globe today. Read it if you want.

Here's the part of the article that mentions us:

While most people seem content to create low-maintenance Facebook groups and pages for the objects of their revulsion, that wasn’t enough for Halifax student Vincenzo Ravina.

When he first noticed Crocs on a classmate’s feet, he didn’t like them, but didn’t think much beyond that. As the shoes became more popular, however, his passing distaste blossomed into something stronger.

He registered the domain ihatecrocs.com as a test, he says. “I was just kind of looking for validation in me thinking that I’m the sane one.”

It didn’t take long before traffic to the site exploded. He had created a popular forum for trashing the shoes, and sold more than 1,000 “I Hate Crocs” T-shirts.

Crocs have since declined in popularity and so, in turn, has Mr. Ravina’s passionate opposition to them. But he still remembers what fuelled the site at the peak of its popularity.

“With disliking things, people get more worked up than when they do like things,” he says. “It’s more antagonistic. People feel more encouraged to kind of fight for their opinion.”

I am not a quote-machine. I am more used to being on the question-asking side of interviews rather than the question answering side. SEE: Vincenzo Ravina Dot Com.

11 comments:

Emerald-Coast said...

Is it ironic that the ads on your site are for Crocs?

Karlla Vasco said...

i want to buy a t-shirt to use with my new green Crocs :DDDD

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Crocs lover said...

For me Crocs are comfortable footwear. I like to use them whenever I go. Although I have walked for hours, I don't feel any pain on my feet. So, I will continue to use them. Thank you.

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Charmed by Crocs said...
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Charmed by Crocs said...

After reading this article, I couldn't help but chuckle at Vincenzo Ravina's journey from a simple distaste for Crocs to becoming the creator of ihatecrocs.com. It's fascinating how something as seemingly trivial as disliking a pair of shoes could lead to such a unique and unexpectedly popular platform. I found his perspective on people's tendency to get more worked up about things they dislike rather than those they like quite intriguing. It's a reminder of the quirks of human nature.

Thank you, Vincenzo Ravina, for sharing your humorous and relatable story. Your journey from mild annoyance to creating a space for lighthearted banter is truly amusing. By the way, speaking of unique platforms, if you're looking for some fun and quirky footwear options, you might want to check out ohcrocs.com/. Who knows, you might discover a new appreciation for Crocs or find something equally amusing!