MG Siegler brings the facts to the table – Buzz isn’t a blogger’s friend

I’ve written a couple of posts about how I feel when it comes to Buzz and how it treats a blogger’s posts that we pipe into the baby social network. In the first post I wrote the following

There are times though where as a writer, or content producer, who uses Buzz as an auxiliary notification system I really get pissy with you. Unlike the Friendfeed or Twitter; or even Facebook, practice of either just posting the headline or the headline and an excerpt Buzz takes all our content and posts it .

Now how can I say this nicely: NOT!

Seriously DeWitt, Google doesn’t even do that to newspapers in Google News why would you do that to content producers in Buzz. And it’s not just the text either. This also extended to images included in posts. On one of my other blogs - Braincell Soup – I post a lot of art and illustration type posts which Buzz blindly pulls out all of the images and posts them.

Where is the initiative for readers to click through and actually read our blogs or God forbid sign up for our RSS feeds? Simple – there is none.

Now it is one thing to write about what one perceives as a problem but it is another when you actually get some data to back up one’s supposition. Such is the case with this problem of Buzz removing any incentive for people to click through and read the originating post as MG Siegler proves after digging into the numbers around posts at TechCrunch.

In a comparison to what Friendfeed still manages to send TechCrunch’s way MG writes

Looking over a handful of popular stores on TechCrunch over the past month, Google Buzz is nowhere to be seen anywhere near the top referrers. This, along with conversations I’ve had with others about their referrals leads me to believe that Buzz is actually quite horrible at doing the job it set out to do: share information. What’s the point of sharing links on Buzz and having other people comment and like it if no one is actually reading any of the content itself? The TechCrunch account has some 7,700 followers (and when you added in individual author accounts that also share our posts, we have well over 10,000 followers) and yet we’re seeing hardly any traffic from the social service.

Of course none of this will matter one bit to the majority of people but from a content producer’s point of view this is not good news. If I hadn’t already removed my blogs from being aggregated by Buzz this would have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.


Canada and its laws under siege from the European Union

For those who follow the whole copyright war that is going on – and trust me it is a war – much of the attention is being centered around the backroom dealings on a global level by those looking to get ACTA accepted as the new law of the land.

At the same time that Canada is being targeted by this group it is also finding itself under attack by the European Union.

You see the EU wants Canada to totally change all its laws when it comes to copyright and intellectual property. Laws that have stood this country in good stead for more than a few decades and have been lauded as some of the fairest in the world. Of course it isn’t the entertainment industry that praises them but rather the actual artists, writers and actors who do the real creating.

So how bad of an effect would this have on our country?


OMG, Stop the blogosphere – Louis Gray has gotten a reality check

Sorry but after reading Louis’ post from yesterday about disaggregation (is that even a word?) and focus I just couldn’t resist the headline.

All humor aside Louis has always been a proponent of making sure that you get your content out there, regardless of service and preferably on all of them. This has lead to more than a few discussions in the blogosphere about the increasing amount of noise and whether or not at some point content producers might face some kind of backlash.

Causing our own pain

While I like Louis and consider him to be a pretty sharp dude I have always questioned this shotgun approach. For me it was, and is always a case of who is really benefiting from this kind of shove it everywhere thinking. Not just as a writer but also as a reader.

I can’t count the number of time I have gotten totally exasperated over see the same post headline everywhere I turn around, and if it was the headline it was the whole post that chances are I’ve already read. Then there is the frustration as a writer of being made to believe that I need to be on every service that comes along if for no other reason that to make sure my posts – in whatever form – can be found there.

You know what – enough already.