Thursday, January 15, 2009

Whither Google reader

Steve Rubel is concerned that Google might kill Google reader because it is not profitable. I had always assumed that Google was collecting and aggregating reader information and selling it.

For example, which zips code have the most Google News Alerts on e-discovery? What other key words do they have? Fraud? Maddoff? Sarbanes-Oxley? XBRL? Of those who have Google News Alerts on e-discovery, what do they have in the Google reader? Gabe's Guide? Washington Post? Blog of the Legal Times? CNET? That would be very valueable to have.

I trust that Google limits the number of queries in such a way that no one would be able to know what I had in my reader.

Google as an advertising vehicle is valuable, Google as market research is pure gold.

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