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'Content Farms' affect Google's ranking as a search engine

January 30, 2011

Tags: content farms, Google, search engines, Demand Media

"Google's reputation for uncanny accuracy has been dulled by 'content farm' sites that game its search system to boost the visibility of pages many readers say they don't want," writes Rob Pegoraro, in How 'content farms' beat Google, and what search engines should do about it (more…)

Is Google Buzz Invading Your Privacy?

February 12, 2010

Tags: Google, privacy

Concerned that Google Buzz suddenly appeared on your G-mail? You should be. David Coursey, of PC World, outlines Five Reasons to Love Google Buzz, Five Reasons Not (Yahoo News, 2-11-10).3 (more…)

Link journalism, Google's power on the Web, and the backlash against URL shortening

April 13, 2009

Tags: link journalism, Google, URL shortening

Nicholas Carr's Rough Cuts piece, Google in the Middle -- about how, as a news aggregator, Google capitalizes on the fragmented oversupply of news and the current structure of the news business -- is part of a fascinating online dialogue about the future of Web journalism. Go next to Scott Karp's (more…)

Is the Google Book Search Settlement Good or Bad for Writers?

April 2, 2009

Tags: Google

I'm posting links to arguments for and against the Google Book Search Settlement in a special section on my Writers and Editors website, on the page about Copyright, work for hire, and other rights issues. Writers keep asking whether to opt in or opt out of the Google Book Search Settlement. Several are opting (more…)