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#HABSWAR Or Friendly Fire?

Twitter War

Habs360 didn’t like the weekly column its competitor was introducing, and decided to voice their displeasure. But rather than route the matter through normal channels, they headed to Twitter first where they expressed their annoyance in the social media court of public opinion.

And with that, the war was on. Or was it simply a friendly fire?

Arguably the most interactive and informative Habs podcast, Habs360 is also the official podcast of All Habs Hockey Magazine.

Zach Vanasse, Managing Editor for Rabid Habs Magazine, was surprised by the tweet:

I barely understand what’s going on. Apparently someone believes we stole the mailbag idea from them? If so, that’s ridiculous for so many reasons. If you have any questions on the subject of mailbagging, or the Habs and the NHL in general, make sure to hashtag it #RabidHabsQ on Twitter.

Habs360’s beef with Rabid Habs Magazine centered around the word (mailbag) used to introduce its soon-to-be weekly column, claiming it was already being used by All Habs Hockey Magazine.

Habs360 said that permission should be requested when using someone else’s idea.

Rabid Habs Magazine founder, André Leclerc, was dumbfounded by these statements:

First of all I don’t even visit the All Habs website, so I didn’t know they were using that word. Secondly, the word “mailbag” is widely used by many publishers for Q&A type articles. Thirdly, I’m sure All Habs could care less if we used that word for a weekly column so I’m not sure why Habs360 attempted to embarrass us on Twitter. Lastly, I believe the guy behind Habs360’s Twitter account got caught up in the moment and didn’t realize what he was saying.

Both, Habs360 and Rabid Habs Magazine, were on their way to a peaceful resolution. Both parties offered each other “shoutouts” in their respective podcast. What followed was an unfortunate turn of events:

Can’t we all get along?“, added Leclerc in a tweet from the Montreal Canadiens fan site’s Twitter account.

What can you expect when you mess with a website with “rabid” in the name? As much as I get where Habs360 is coming from, I do think the whole situation was handled irresponsibly. It’s one thing to express your opinion through your personal Twitter account, but it’s another thing to do so using a brand. Unfortunately, Habs360 dragged All Habs into this mess. Fortunately, I don’t think that All Habs supports this opinion.

What are your thoughts on this saga? One thing is certain. It may be the off-season, but the Habs passion lives on.

Leave us your comments or reach out to us on Twitter @rabidhabs.


  1. Andre Leclerc

    July 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    In all honesty, I’m pretty sure Chris (Habs360) didn’t expect his tweet to generate as much attention on Twitter last night. Kudos to him for standing behind his statement. I don’t agree with it, but it shows character on his part. Hopefully, everyone can turn the page and learn from this.

  2. J.D. Lagrange (@Habsterix)

    August 3, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    In all honesty, I’m very surprised to see that this has blown out of proportion. I am however very disappointed to read that RabidHabs, who I follow on Twitter and whom I respect, would go as far as posting this exchange on their site, as if having the discussion on Twitter wasn’t enough. What is it supposed to accomplish, really? What good can come out of that? A few years ago, I wrote a parody of “Le Calepin de Jacques Martin” on Fantomesduforum.net. I was informed that the idea was taken before by All Habs, and they advised me of it. Out of respect for everyone involved, I deleted the article and never did it again. I chose instead to create something new, something with a different name and some variation so that it won’t be mistaken for their project. I didn’t write an article about it to try to make myself look good or important. I understood where they were coming from and acted accordingly. Chris was right pointing to the . Perhaps he should have taken it behind the scene but this reminds me when my kids were young and one would tell me that her sister started it… my response was that the one continuing it was just as guilty, if not more. It is most disappointing to see that not only did RabidHabs continue the discussion publicly on Twitter, but felt compelled to write this “justification” on its web site. While they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we must recognise that when a feature is too close (or identical in this case) to another one, perhaps changing the name and/or format might just be justified, as I did with Fantômes du Forum way back when. Lastly, Chris expressed his own opinion, and certainly didn’t speak on behalf on anyone, including All Habs Hockey Magazine… just as I’m doing here. My opinion is my own and I missed the “fun”, away camping in the bush. Please accept my two cents (can we still say that?) on the topic. Thank you for considering André. Peace.