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 Printwash2003-05-19 15:42
by Flemming Funch

A few ornery journalists who don't like blogs are complaining that blogs are represented unfairly in Google search results. In other words, anything said in a popular blog is likely to place very high in a search engine search. It is sometimes presented as a sort of conspiracy termed "googlewash". And the old fashioned media companies might be thought to have reason for considering it unfair that little one-person blogs are more authoritative on many subjects than they are. But there's no such conspiracy, and it is quite obvious what those media companies should do to be equally well placed. Doc Searls has an excellent overview on PrintWash.
Tim Jarrett summarizes what I said two days ago about why Google search results are often thickened with blogs, and why the situtation could quickly be corrected by full exposure of print journal archives on the Web:
In other words, if you choose not to participate on the public, freely linkable, not for pay Web, donĀ¹t complain when others who do participate by the rules of the game are easier to find.
Dave agrees:
Anyway, Doc Searls, the happy blogger (always!) finds a glass-half-full solution. The print journalists should walk down the hall to their publishers' office and request that they make their archive publicly available so it can be indexed by the search engines. Google is just indexing what's on the Web. If you want to be in Google, you gotta be on the Web. It's pretty simple.
Very simple indeed. And very fair and democratic. If you want mind-share on the net, you need to put out a lot of good stuff that people like. It has to be easily available, and it has to be possible to link to it and quote from it. But then again, maybe we shouldn't tell the big corporations about this. I kind of enjoy my splendid google rankings.

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19 May 2003 @ 18:34 by ming : Mind-share
Well, I think most media companies will realize that it is more valuable for them to have great mind-share and appear authoritative on the net, than it is for them to get $2.95 per month. Or, well, maybe they will hold on hard and realize it too late, after they've been further replaced with grassroots media.

Yes, I don't mind Salon's approach either. I can live with seeing an add, as long as I can link directly to sources.  

20 Dec 2014 @ 00:41 by Menna @ : unNYPqUYyQfiHJxm
I lost an incredible amnout of people to death in a relatively short period of time. Three siblings, my father, an unofficially adopted' teenage son, an admired and loved dear friend, my grandfather, my aunt, and even more. Some just months apart.The three that impacted me the most were three of my younger siblings, and the terrible ways they died.My grief was indescribable. I longed for them, for the precious few times spent with them in having fun together, for the dark times of comforting each other. I wanted it all back. The good and the bad.A few of the ones that have passed on have visited me since their passing, and their visitations were so very real, so very comforting, and they were just as they were before their passing.Although the visitations were short in time, it was as if time had no real meaning. Like an oak tree is all contained within a tiny acorn, their whole lives were contained within a few moments of time.Almost always, their visitations were while I was in twilight sleep. Not really asleep, not really awake.Spiritually, I believe they are still alive but in a different form, even though they presented themselves to me as they were before they passed. Somewhere, their spirits are alive and doing well. I believe they are happy now, and at peace with themselves. They told me so. I believe them.Ruby Faye[]  

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