Betabeat has a long a tumultuous relationship with Hashable. We wrote about the service before it was open to the public, when Fred Wilson and Charlie O’Donnell were still topping the leaderboard and Trevor Owens was an intern at Dogpatch Labs. We wrote about its potential to chart the social economy and fill a vacuum left by LinkedIn.
Today we learned that Emily Hickey, the Chief Marketing Officer and, aside from CEO Mike Yavonditte, public face of the company, has left Hashable.
Hickey decline to speak with Betabeat for this story, saying only that the parting was amicable and that she learned a lot at Hashable.
But a source close to the company said otherwise. “She and Mike Yavonditte definitely did not see eye to eye on everything. With the tech scene here booming the way it is, she won’t have any trouble finding a new gig.”
It’s tough to tell how Hashable is doing these days. There seems to be a good flow of activity going through the service, based on the tweets displayed on the site.
Right now the most active user is Yan Tsirklin, followed by Natalie Noguera. Both were Hashable evangalists to SXSW who received a free plane ticket and hotel. The number three user is Nihal Mehta, who is an investor. The number seven user is Rachel Sklar, who works for Hashable.
And a lot of the activity being recorded about folks on Hashable doesn’t capture social connections, which is the intention of the service. Looking at Fred Wilson’s recent activity, for example, shows dozens of tweets with people quoting things Mr. Wilson said, not meeting him, and using hashtags for the conference like #RRW2Way and #IWNY.
The hashtag, which made its way into the company’s name and logo, is a simple, powerful mechanism for letting users record their connections. But it also seems to be capturing a lot of noise. The last time Hashable recorded Mr. Wilson using the service was at the end of May, and again it doesn’t seem like it was intentional.