Google Gives In, AFP Becomes Less Relevant

from the AFP-who? dept

Following AFP's somewhat brain-dead decision to sue Google for daring to link to AFP published stories around the web, Google has graciously started removing all links to any AFP published story. Of course, the real loser in all of this is AFP, who in one bizarre move has made itself ridiculously less relevant and useful to the world of folks who spread the news. It will be harder for people to find AFP news, and AFP will suffer for it. They've just cut off one of the best marketing channels they had for no clear reason at all. Why publish online at all if you're not going to allow the biggest driver of traffic to link to you?
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    Raymond Chen, 22 Mar 2005 @ 7:31am

    Because that's not where they make their money

    AFP is not a web-based business. Eyeballs and traffic and brand awareness are irrelevant. People don't say, "I prefer the Tribune over the Inquirer because the Tribune uses AFP." Their business is selling content to newspapers, and their marketing targets newspaper editors, not the Google-news reader.

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