Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Google News rankings 'distort' web content

Interesting post on CounterValue blog by the Telegraph's Justin Williams about Google News rankings headed: 'Are We Building Newsrooms for Google News'.
He says: "Google News and our response to it as an industry are seriously distorting our web-based publishing models. There is a risk that resources are poured into producing highly commodotised, superficial articles while higher value channels - areas where we can actually make money online, something that is unlikely to happen in news - are left to whither or are stripped to feed the newsroom beast. To get to this point, the industry has to abandon its obsession with unique users - something I cannot see happening any time soon."

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