Thursday, May 01, 2008

Aliren of the world unite

It is May Day, so a focus on the workers seems appropriate.

We know that we have teased our friends from Hangzhou quite consistently about their Ali-everything naming conventions. They should take comfort from the fact that we at BSG are not cruel people (well, most of us anyway) and don't pick on the weak. You have to be strong to earn the honour of being lampooned on this blog.

We couldn't resist picking up on Aliblogger Wendy Wong describing herself as an Aliren (阿里人). That was a new one for us. Those Alibloggers really are very pleased to wear their orange jackets. There's great team spirit there. It seems, to paraphrase the Irish Obama of 40 years ago "Today, in the world of e-commerce, the proudest boast is 'Wo shi Aliren'". I trust that doesn't also translate as "I am a jelly doughnut".

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