Since the Getting Brainwashed By Google commentary got rather bogged down let's try something different. How would you undo the Google brainwashing and overall FUD campaign. How would you educate the web publishing community and maybe even the more sophisticated users that what's in Google's best interests isn't necessarily in their best interest, and just maybe they should look the Google trojan horse in the mouth.
Yesterday a guy was sentenced to prison for 14 years for using MySpace.com to set up a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old Connecticut girl. Today Connecticut lawmakers introduced a new bill that would require MySpace.com and other social-networking sites to verify users' ages and obtain parental consent before minors can post profiles.
Ad Age and Vizu Answers conducted a new study on blog readership. The study showed that that blog readers are loyal, trusting and eager for entertainment. Most readers read the same blogs regularly. According to the study two thirds of study respondents read more than three blogs per day. Similar number of respondents indicated that they read for entertainment. Over half of the respondents judged the quality of the information on bloggs by the quality of the writing.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting all warm-n-fuzzy about social networks, 99% don't have a snowball's chance in hell and I'd assigned LinkedIn to that category. When I joined up (I think over 2 years ago, but couldn't find a date field in the profile), I didn't see much critical mass, and promptly bailed out. I figured the profile would die. It didn't, evidently, and I was ping'd a day or two ago by an old friend in the SEO industry.