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March 13, 2005

What is journalism anyways?


Who is journalist here and the bigger question who is playing media here.

Google - are they just an aggregator ?, doesn't look like. They had this policy of mining only those sites which claim to have editorial staff.  Techwhack is not a news site.

Techwhack - they are what their name suggests. Using wordpress blogging software and presenting news without referring to the source they are masquerading as news site here. Anyways my point is to understand Google's policy here not to pick on Techwhack.

And about Apple, well lets just say its hard to get it both ways. There are many 19 year olds who only  care for the cool stuff and they are learning to understand the bounds of that fanaticism.

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Thanks for your comments.
My main issue with this approach is the blurring of trust boundary. Every news outlet establishes their authenticity by showing their source. I couldnt locate on your site with the news you are submitting. Establishing trust is very important. And Google by indexing your site and showing it in their news page is introducing A BIG TRUST BUG !
I admire the "technical" work you guys are doing. Lets not mix technology with the bigger issue of trust here. If only you can borrow a digital camera and start posting "original" picture and news bits around them, I can assure you will be more successful (in getting Google hits ie).
I am sure you will agree with this line of thinking once you realize that there are suckers out there who will take anything on Google as a golden truth.
I would love to see more original news on your site. C'mon guys you can get more interesting stories from PVR, Nehru Place, Gurgaon BPO etc etc.
Will be checking your site for that :)


Posted by: Brij | Mar 15, 2005 6:59:56 PM

well, you are discounting the effort that goes into a "layman's" news site. If google gets good news/articles, and techwhack gets hits and views, it should not really worry either party. :)

Posted by: prathapml | Mar 15, 2005 7:45:01 AM

http://www.google.com/support/news/bin/request.py Google has this page for problems like this. I submit many news sites myself.

Posted by: Sushubh | Mar 14, 2005 6:08:13 PM

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