With the new effort by newspaper folks who are unable to come up with a business model to blame news aggregators
with big time executives from media companies insisting that aggregators "steal"
from them by sending them traffic, it's time to brush away that myth. Take, for example, the excellent tech/social media blog ReadWriteWeb
, who recently had an article about Eric Schmidt's predictions
for what the web will look like in five years. Soon afterwards, the Huffington Post "aggregated" that story and posted the opening on its own site
with a link to the full article. For over a year now, we've been hearing mainstream publications complain
about this sort of thing by the HuffPo, with the NYTimes digital boss Martin Nisenholtz complaining about this activity
just last week.
But, of course, all this sort of activity does is bring in tons of traffic
. The Huffington Post gets an awful lot of traffic and a link from the site drives traffic. Marshall Kirkpatrick, from RWW, noted that the single HuffPo link drove 10,000 page views in just four hours
, and basically begged HuffPo to "steal" more content
like that. Indeed, it's still really difficult to understand why mainstream publications are so up in arms over other sites helping to promote their articles and send them traffic -- even to the point of looking to pass laws to stop such activity.