Sunday, September 9, 2007

Google News comments -- a big yawn

Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion points out that the Google News comment feature's first month of operation has been a bust: Google News Adds Barely 100 Comments in 30 Day

A month ago Google News started to allow any person mentioned in a news story that they index to email in their comments for posting. They now have a page and a feed that lists the stories that have approved feedback attached.

Over the last 30 days or so, Google has posted a grand total of 104 comments. I am sure the demand is far higher and they can't keep up.

I suspect that a lack of labor is not what's holding it back. Google could throw as many people at this as there is demand. It's not like they're cash poor. It's just a plain bad idea. As I said when they launched this,

They failed with Google Answers, and I'm predicting that their model for comments in Google News won't last long.

4 comments:

Peg said...

I agree; a terrible idea. Already showing signs of front-groups and spin-docs taking advantage.

Mark said...

I am totally agree with Peg.it's a horrible idea.

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Mark said...

I am totally agree with Peg.it's a horrible idea..it's my personal point of view.


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Mark said...

mccall said,

I am totally agree with Peg.it's a horrible idea..it's my personal point of view.


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