A Techmeme Killer?

Google Launched a Topix-like Techmeme killer … will it replace Techmeme?

No… probably not, but it does give everyone one more reason to migrate to Google’s Blogsearch over technorati (don’t get me started).

What do you think?

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Gotta say I’ve always been a very big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen… wasn’t that into his latest film, but many of his skits were so brilliantly satirical that they went over most of his audience’s head (and how a propos now during an election that is hinging on race and intolerance)… but his most recent splash came today at a fashion show for Prada … Hilarious, Sacha. Bravo! Bravo!

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Sure, I got a kick out of the cartoons with me and Peter Shankman regarding the HARO vs. ProfNet kerfuffle … this latest one’s funny but a bit off. Even still …

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The Proof Is In The Pudding

Today PR Newswire distributed a release which verifies PR Newswire’s leadership position in the commercial newswire industry. The study was conducted by the market research and intelligence firm Diagnostics Plus. The results were very stark and somewhat surprising to many of the clients I have spoken to about this.

While I urge you to read the release, the additional materials for online and print, as well as the slideshare presentation, please also view the videos.

“Our content has been referred to in more blog posts, Diggs and Delicious Links than any other commercial wire service,” said Dave Armon, President of PR Newswire. “PR Newswire has the highest Google page rank in our industry, and has been referenced as a source on Wikipedia more than any other wire service as well. We believe this proves PR Newswire is the most trusted and credible source for news from the corporate and public policy sectors.”

This is a very encouraging day for a lot of us as the things we’ve been told and have been telling clients for a year have been statistically and scientifically verified.

There is a great discussion about this study happening right now on twitter and on PR-Squared.

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Bigger Fish To Fry …

Google News has found an even bigger fish to fry than United Airlines … Microsoft.

Do you think it is coincidence that a story about IE8 has Google Chrome’s logo next to it?

The issue with Google’s bots severely hurting the stock price of United Airlines is actually a much bigger story for our industry than many people want to admit … or maybe it’s just that this isn’t the kind of story that can get you on to TechMeme.

From my perspective, one of Google News’ biggest issues has always been the lead source they put forward to the public on major breaking news. As an employee of PR Newswire I tend to see a lot of news before anyone else … web indexers included. But how all press releases aren’t the lead on Google News when a release is issued is beyond me. The first story released should always be the first one indexed on this particular site. While I understand the need and value of the reaction to the news, credible and authentic sources will become even more important in this changing media landscape.

Yes, a press release isn’t exactly a story, but it is an official and authorized company statement. Additionally, many times Google News indexes a release from the wire but picked up (not covered) verbatim by a downstream partner (like Marketwatch, Reuters, AP, DJ, etc.).

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My wife is not nearly the kind of geek I am … though she was blogging over 4 years ago. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the way she told me she was pregnant…

(this pic was sent via a text message while I was out of town)

This major development has obviously thrown us into a spiral of doctor’s visits, sonograms, ultrasounds and the dreaded registries. I cannot believe all of the stuff that is required of parents (this will be our first, and no, we are not finding out the gender of the baby).

With all of the strollers, prams, travel systems, and car seats we have to look into, I’m astonished and intimidated. On the other hand, professionally, I can totally understand the importance and influence of ‘Mommy Bloggers.’ HELP!!!

For the men and women who speak online about certain products, whether it is a review on Amazon or a video on YouTube (which KiddieCare is terrific at (though they don’t ship to the U.S.)). Bloggers are also incredibly influential for many reasons … most importantly are the comment and conversation aspect as well as the google juice effect. I am more inclined to believe and place import in a conversation on a blog than reviews on a particular retailers website (then again, if there are 10 reviews and all are 5 out of 5, that says something).

For the registry, I considered building a website that would serve as a registry so we could add items from numerous sites. We also found out about Amazon’s WishList Bookmarklet around the same time but because it wouldn’t advise the owner of the list nor the other friends looking to buy things of the purchases it became impractical… Anyhow … It looks like the Stokke Xplory and Orbit Infant System are out of the question. Over $1,000 on a stroller! We are looking at a few Silver Cross prams from an English retailer (depending on the shipping costs)…

Anyhow. My wife and I are very excited and we wanted all of our friends out in the webosphere to know … we’re expecting December 9th.

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