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Bloggers are becoming aware of Attention

Posted by geeknews at 1:08 AM on December 28, 2005

I have seen a variety of post over the last couple of days that have resulted in some discussions about Bloggers having their content stolen and re-posted on other sites with that discussion morphing into how various sites and services are getting rich on the aggregated content that they are pulling from bloggers sites and essentially re-packaging.

But if you look at it from the perspective that these services would not exist in their current format without bloggers and bloggers would not reach as of audiences without them. For some their is a love hate relationship that is starting to develop.

These relationships can improve but those that are running those services are going to need to start giving some love back in the form of statistics. Some would call this a data exchange, I personally call it a Attention Exchange. Now if those running these services really want to win the minds and hearts of those that they are profiting from the could start throwing some love in the form of cash. Some will ask why should they do that. Well the answer is simple some of these companies sole income is from aggregated data, those that are need to think about giving a percentage of profits back to those that bring the most eyes to their sites.

Attention is important who are you giving it to and how are they using it today. [Om Malik]

2 Comments

  1. From tinfoil at 12:07 pm on December 28, 2005

    “Well the answer is simple some of these companies sole income is from aggregated data, those that are need to think about giving a percentage of profits back to those that bring the most eyes to their sites.”

    This could be expanded to include, say, Google. They index other peoples content and when someone searches for, oh, midget porn, they can sell some directed advertising. What would happen if everyone updated their robots.txt file to bar Googlebot from indexing their pages? Their income would be a tiny percentage of what it is now.

    So, Google, show me some love and cough up some cashish. More than the pittance I get from my Ads By Goooooooogle, that is.

    Personally, I don’t care if people steal my stuff as long as they link back to it properly. Hell, I encourage it, which is why my site was among the first to adopt a Creative Commons License. Kudos to GNC for signing up as well.

  2. From bawpcwpn at 2:11 pm on December 28, 2005

    Well I had some content stolen by IMBD and then IMBD gets all the credit.