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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    Mike (profile), 22 Mar 2005 @ 9:44am

    Re: Because that's not where they make their money

    But if more people see AFP based news stories, then it reflects better on the newspapers who buy their stories -- increasing their value.

    Taking themselves out of the game is a bad idea.

    Besides, this is just trying to hold back the tide, and refusing to adjust their business model for the changing times.

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