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Wow, didn't know CNET was on a fast train to nowhere. Luckily their advertisers are clueless. They don't have any evergreen content. Oblivious to sites like theirs for ages, as they're worthless - Others do better, faster, timelier, prettier, better interfacing, and have original content.
Cruised their news and blogs, but they are pretty much day-late-and-dollar-short word-for-word aggregations of yesterday's stuff. They can't even manage timeliness, likely pulling from other aggregrators of more top level aggregators, instead of just mashing more directly, or something weird. Their masthead personalities are basically dumb hood ornaments.
Not that aggregation is such a bad thing - It's convenient and somewhat necessary to aggregate stuff from chaos to more focused interests. Different mashups work for different people.
But CNET basically has nothin that a gazillion others do better, faster, prettier, with easier better indexing and find.
And they don't appear to have any original evergreen content: Original essays, articles, encyclopedic entries, product reviews, how to tutorials, and other informational resources.
Seuo Anne Seau explains that English is a living language - However, the grammar rules for who vs whom are pretty constant - This article will be a valuable resource for years to come.
An original series of product reviews is encyclopedic in nature, so the value of the content will endure.
Some questions never get old. Millions of people a day ask the same questions or many people are interested in different ways to do stuff.
Now, although today's most heavily trafficked sites send people elsewhere, ultimately everything is built upon content.
CNET aint got any; their packaging of aggregated stuff is unremarkable; and since they're an all-things-to-all-people, search and finding stuff aint easy (and the obscenely convoluted way you have to drill down into the forums is just plain stupid).
About the only thing possibly worthwhile they might have to offer is RSS feeds of their forums (and it's pretty pathetic that their forum material is about the only original stuff they have). Other than that, CNET is lame lame lame.
They might have a little time to forestall death, but most of the internet consuming public will get hip to much better quality, timelier, quicker ways of grabbing the stuff they're interested in, and since CNET basically aint got diddly, they're toast.
But in the meantime, I guess they know how to buy stuff.
Be sure to pull the plug on the way out when the party crashes.
If you are a member there, you should invite them all here!
Agreed. Why not? It's a tech forum that is begging for tech subjects. It's not like they would have to integrate into a different forum atmosphere. The tech forums are pretty much vacant (other than Reboot :D). They just need to unpack their bags and dust off the cobwebs.
We should change the name of our forum to Mac Refugees…
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