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Clooney at War With Gawker/Google Maps Mashup

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Okay, even Gawker admits this could be phony, but it has to get written up: The New York Post’s Page Six says George Clooney is trying to destroy Gawker Stalker by spamming the system.

GwStalker, a Google Maps mashup that invites us “norms” to spot the famous people whoarefarmoreimportantthanweare and report them so they appear on a Google Map, is obviously the sort of thing Clooney (or John Travolta) would hate, so I somewhat believe it.

Clooney says there’s an easier way to deal with instantly posted sightings of celebrities, which provide their whereabouts to potential stalkers – flood Gawker with lies. “There is a simple way to render these guys useless,” Clooney advised in an e-mail his publicist sent out to various other show-business publicists. “Flood their Web site with bogus sightings. Get your clients to get 10 friends to text in fake sightings of any number of stars. A couple hundred conflicting sightings and this Web site is worthless. No need to try to create new laws to restrict free speech. Just make them useless. That’s the fun of it. And then sit back and enjoy the ride. Thanks, George.” Considering the proliferation of sightings on Gawker.com yesterday, we think his devil’s work is already in progress.

Gawker’s having plenty of fun with the story, offering copies of Clooney movie DVDs to the first person who spots him, and posting up his most recent locations on the blog.

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