Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Is Google News In Beta Because Of Lawsuits?
Adam Penenberg at Wired News says that he thinks Google News is still in beta after three years because if Google brings it out of beta and puts ads on the site, they may face lawsuits from angry content publishers. I agree that this is possible, but I disagree with any news site that thinks Google News is hurting their business. Google News is my news sites #1 referrer, accounting for more than half oof all outside traffic, and a lot of the other referrals come from Topix.net. Google News should increase traffic to any decent news site, and sites should be optimizing themselves for Google News. Google News is good for business, and news sites should encourage them.