Friday, April 10, 2009

On Newspapers asking for preferential treatment from Google

Newspaper publishers have reportedly asked Google CEO Eric Schmidt if Google would change the search algorithm to move their brands up in the SERPS. Before we ask how legitimate this would be, consider this:

1. Google's value as the Go To search engine would go down, if it were to do such a thing. Possibility of this happening: Less than zero.
2. Are all the stories in these big newspapers original reporting? How much of the daily output is rewriting of wire stories?
3. Contrary to perception, as Techmeme Gabe Rivera points out, big newspapers like the New York Times aggregate links too.

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