While watching the @welovedc Twitter account yesterday, I saw what could have turned into an entertaining confrontation that sadly never seemed to go anywhere. @DCist_updates angrily demanded that @washingtondcist get an original name. Who is @washingtondcist? Karen M. Hart, the About.com DC Travel Guide.
Hart’s Twitter feed is full of retweets of more renowned DC institutions interspersed with the occasional link to her somewhat sporadically updated About.com blog, so it’s not like any locals are likely to confuse The Real DCist with the impostor, and it’s true that Hart’s target audience is people for whom DC is a tourism destination who are likely not already reading DCist. Nonetheless, Hart must know quite well that a large portion of her potential audience comes from cities that have Gothamist Network blogs, so latching onto a name like “washingtondcist” is a sneaky and underhanded thing to do. I can completely understand why DCist would feel the need to confront Hart openly over the possibility of confusion.