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December 13, 2010

Weekend Update: Google Crybabies, Outspoken Media, Gawker Leaks

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Who’s got ADD on Mondays? (I’m raising my hand.) All the information flying at you Monday morning is sometimes enough to make you want to crawl back into that warm, cocoon-like safe haven I like to call “bed”; which is why we’re going to give a quick roundup of some weekend news.

In Bruce Clay, Inc. blog news, Susan and I were talking today about how we can make it more relevant for our readers. We want to experiment with mixing up shorter newsy posts combined with more in-depth looks into hot topics. The reasoning behind this is:

  • We know that we’re not an industry news site like Search Engine Land – and that’s not our goal. But, we do feel it’s important to talk about breaking news that our readers might be interested in as it happens. Hence, the shorter, more timely posts.
  • We also know that there are different types of readers out there; some are interested in the short newsy items, while others like a more in-depth, holistic look at some of the news that been happening. Hence, the longer posts that we put out.

As our readers, your opinion counts the most. So please tell us at any time what’s working and what isn’t – and what types of things you’d like to see more of.

Crying

In Google news, The Wall Street Journal published a story reporting rivals say Google plays favorites by promoting its own content over other sites. Lisa Barone of Outspoken Media today wrote, “Google Loves You, Santa and Other Myths,” basically telling said rivals to suck it up. And I agree. Google is a business – a publicly traded business at that – and it has a duty to be profitable.

If you remember my post last June, “Social Media: The Wedgie of the Internet,” I reminded everyone who had their panties in a bunch over businesses like Facebook trying to turn a profit, that we live in America, where businesses have a right to remain competitive. Google is no different.

On an Outspoken Media note, the Internet marketing organization is minus one today, as its CEO Rae Hoffman-Dolan steps down. Lisa announced that the change welcomes a new era for Outspoken Media, and that they’ll still be kicking butt (and taking names, I’m sure).

Speaking of taking names, looks like there was an extremely large disclosure (over a half million to be precise) of usernames, e-mail addresses and lightly encrypted passwords from Gawker over the weekend. So, if you’ve ever created an account with the following services, even if you just logged in with Facebook or Twitter, Gawker says your information was probably released:

  • Gawker
  • Gizmodo
  • Jalopnik
  • Jezebel
  • Kotaku
  • Lifehacker
  • Deadspin
  • io9
  • Fleshbot

Gawker suggests using Gawker Check to find out if your info was compromised and to change your password everywhere except Gawker.

Corrections: Please note that the post used to say Rae is moving to Texas. While this is true, it is unrelated to her departure from Outspoken Media. We have removed the mention at Rae’s request. – Susan

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