And Now Comes The Real Blog Bubble

from the so,-what's-hot-now? dept

Rafat Ali got the scoop last night, and today it's been confirmed that AOL is buying Weblogs Inc.. As others are noting this is probably a good deal for the crew at Weblogs Inc., but not necessarily such a good deal for AOL. It's certainly nothing on the level of some other bubble 2.0 buyouts, but it's tough to see how this deal does much to enhance AOL's offerings in any way. It seems like so much they do these days: a sudden kneejerk reaction to what seems hot, but with little strategic coherence. Either way, the deal isn't all that surprising when you consider the players and the relative hype around the space. What will be much more interesting, however, is the fallout -- and whether it suddenly means a lot of other blogs are overvalued as well. Also, to be watched, is how this impacts all of Weblogs Inc. authors who are paid relatively little without any equity participation. Some may get upset that the full timers at WIN just made a pretty penny off their labors. AOL may need to prop up the amount paid to keep them, further cutting into the rationale for this deal.


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    COD, Oct 6th, 2005 @ 12:35pm

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    ODonnellWeb is on the block. It's yours for only $10,000. What do you say Mike - ready to start building your empire?? {grin}

     

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    John Riley, Oct 6th, 2005 @ 1:46pm

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    Somewhat related, I've heard Yahoo! offered $30 million for Techdirt.com - can anyone confirm? :P

     

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    Neosin, Oct 6th, 2005 @ 3:23pm

    HAHA!

    That's what i say to AOL... Hey another techno freak gets paid good for them! GO AOL! and Webblogs! hah

    Can't believe they'd pay someone like that for something we was doing 7 years ago... about time someone got paid for it...

     

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    Tracy, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 2:42am

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    Today, we witness that the overall value of human service is truly decreasing... Time is here when you get lots of people to do lots of huge things for you such as even doing a copy of myspace itself for a couple hundred of dollars! I wonder why don't they just do it for free rather than seeking that minimal amount! I call them "poor technocrats"... I believe that's truly bad for the economy.. Imagine what happens tomorrow when every myspace member has their own copy of myspace... The whole market will crash and no one will end up earning even the basic minimum... and it will be the monsterous businesses such as google that will trap the opportunity selling contextual advertising on dead pages created by extensive hard work from those "poor technocrats" and meagerly funded by less visionary so called entrepreneurs that actually follow the herds' mentality and do what everyone is doing... At the end, everyone is doing what everyone is doing because everyone is doing the same thing and nothing else! That's why google purchased blogger.com just to create that hype that blogs are the opportunity for tomorrow for everyone.. It wasn't for everyone.. but it was for google... since blogs are places that are fed with LATEST content about all things... and with that, google virtually hired millions of innocent people from all over the world for pennies!

    I believe blogging has wasted multi trillions of hours of millions of humans from all over the world just for the sake of earning a few pennies from contextual advertisers that even don't tell how much percentage is offered to you! WOW! Hat's off for the mind job! I believe technology builds as well as kills! It's YOUR choice whether you want to remain in the scene when it's time for killings :)

    I believe there's only ONE small nail required to burst a whole huge bubble... and I'm sure this may happen anytime now and it will be a chain reaction... I wish it SHOULD happen so that it cleans up the hype and put all people on actual business that pays back decently for all their efforts!

    Goodluck to everyone!
    Tracy.

     

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    Tracy, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 2:43am

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    Today, we witness that the overall value of human service is truly decreasing...

    I believe blogging has wasted multi trillions of hours of millions of humans from all over the world just for the sake of earning a few pennies from contextual advertisers that even don't tell how much percentage is offered to you! WOW! Hat's off for the mind job! I believe technology builds as well as kills! It's YOUR choice whether you want to remain in the scene when it's time for killings :)


    Time is here when you get lots of people to do lots of huge things for you such as even doing a copy of myspace itself for a couple hundred of dollars! I wonder why don't they just do it for free rather than seeking that minimal amount! I call them "poor technocrats"... I believe that's truly bad for the economy.. Imagine what happens tomorrow when every myspace member has their own copy of myspace... The whole market will crash and no one will end up earning even the basic minimum... and it will be the monsterous businesses such as google that will trap the opportunity selling contextual advertising on dead pages created by extensive hard work from those "poor technocrats" and meagerly funded by less visionary so called entrepreneurs that actually follow the herds' mentality and do what everyone is doing... At the end, everyone is doing what everyone is doing because everyone is doing the same thing and nothing else! That's why google purchased blogger.com just to create that hype that blogs are the opportunity for tomorrow for everyone.. It wasn't for everyone.. but it was for google... since blogs are places that are fed with LATEST content about all things... and with that, google virtually hired millions of innocent people from all over the world for pennies!


    I believe there's only ONE small nail required to burst a whole huge bubble... and I'm sure this may happen anytime now and it will be a chain reaction... I wish it SHOULD happen so that it cleans up the hype and put all people on actual business that pays back decently for all their efforts!

    Goodluck to everyone!
    Tracy.

     

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    PJP99, Mar 11th, 2006 @ 1:29pm

    Blog Bubble?

    Blog bubble? Perhaps. But what then? I say that whether there is a blog bubble or not people are still going to have to deal with their credit troubles. You can find out about that here...

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