Go, Go Google News!
September 4, 2007 3:13 AM
DailyTech capturing all placeholders on the Google News Sci/Tech section, minutes after this story was published
Quickly, hug the nearest Google employee you can find!
You may have noticed
was a little light on content this weekend. You can blame the three-day weekend, the summer doldrums or even the back-to-school festivities. The real reason, of course, was that Google is dropping links to wire feeds from its Google News service.
And there was much celebrating in order.
Google News is unquestionably the largest
referrer. With more refer traffic than
combined, Google News is quickly becoming the dominating force in online media.
Many would claim that
is just a news aggregator. That's fine, in many respects we are, though I've always emphasized that our writers bring something new to the news sphere with every piece they write. That policy is
right on the first page of the
. However, news aggregator or not, the content on
is still written in-house -- and that's an important distinction in the online news world.
Most news publications rely on the wire services for the bulk of their day-to-day content. These services, like
The Associated Press
, allow newspapers to republish their content
, and thus reduce the news room size and scope dramatically.
So what does all this have to do with
? Traditionally when a wire story hits papers, it gets aggregated by Google News hundreds of times. For example, even though tech sites like
released full details of
Henri Richard's AMD departure hours (days?) before most of the majors
, a very tiny
wire cranked up several hundred instances on Google News in a matter of minutes -- pushing the in-depth coverage off the front page and out of the "Top 5" publication placeholder. Local papers, like the
, were propelled to the top of Google's news rankings even though the only thing Cooke contributed to the news sphere was the republished wire.
Effective immediately, Google will republish four of the major wires directly on Google News and ignore new wires from local papers. Effective immediately, competition for Google News headlines became a much smaller pool, and
is already stretching out.
So for all those Google employees out there reading
... Thanks! I owe you guys all a beer and Skittles!
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