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Twitter And (Not) Monetizing The Attention Economy

Posted by: Jon Fine on March 31

I’ve been playing with the following notion for days now. By posting it here I hope to get it out of my head, and also enlist all of you to...

A Thought For Time Warner Regarding AOL: Keep The Access Business And Sell Everything Else

Posted by: Jon Fine on August 06

There is now a case to be made for Time Warner to hold onto AOL’s dial-up subscriber business and sell the troubled online unit’s advertising and content businesses. As they...

AOL: Now What? A Few Wisecracks And A Few Notions

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 27

AOL: A neverending pinata party for those who write about such things; a gremlin that never stops kicking your shinbones for those running Time Warner....

Arianna Huffington, The New News, And The Old Ecosystem

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 24

As you may have heard by now, last week Arianna Huffington said the Huffington Post will begin publishing local news Web sites, starting in Chicago. The new venture will unsurprisingly...

Yahoo-Google's Deal Is Done, But The Next Thing . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 12

. . . is AOL-Microsoft. Given the latest, how long before some AOL-Microsoft deal gets announced, and will it just be for search? (Seriously. I’m asking. Let me know...

Story/Software Tension Sighted In Potential Deal For Yahoo!

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 11

An unnamed source is buried deep in the big Wall Street Journal piece today, the one detailing some backroom manuevers in the whole Google/News Corp/AOL/Microsoft group-grope-cum-competition for Yahoo. Said source...

Some Smart Thoughts On Google's TV Ads Initiative, Written By A Guy Who's Used It

Posted by: Jon Fine on February 13

I'm totally sick and about to go home and collapse into bed . . . and if I weren't totally sick I'd likely riff a bit on this excellent post...

The Weather Channel Sale Scenario I'd Really Like To See

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 03

Google buys it. Seriously....

The Continuing Saga Of Anyone Being Able To Do Video On The Web

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 05

Andy Plesser from came by late last week to film a quick segment bouncing off my media predictions for 2008. And it looks a little bit like this, at...

Will Google Own Content in 2010?

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 23

This week’s column is about what some execs perceive as a competition among the big players in online advertising and online ad networks—yes,: AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo-- for quality traffic,...

Two Quotes From a Quick Visit To A Media Conference

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 08

…specifically the Media and Money Conference. “I think the shareholders are out of their minds. . . . [The deal] was based on a debt package that can’t be replicated....

Web 2.0 Conference: A Calm Metaphor, Delivered Calmly, From Microsoft's Steve Ballmer

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 18

"No! Absolutely not! I would [want to] say, ‘hey, you just turned 3 years old and we got you playing basketball with the 12 year olds! You’ve got all the...

Web 2.0 Conference: Microsoft Exec Quietly Micturates On The Entire Value Proposition of Search Advertising

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 18

“It’s not perfect . . . We unduly give the last transaction credit . . . It doesn’t account for the TV ad” that a consumer might see shortly before...

Web 2.0 Conference: Viacom's Dauman on Google

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 18

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman was not making any conciliatory noises about Google and YouTube during an onstage interview this morning. Dauman's company is prominent among those that today announced a...

MicrosoftGoogleFacebook Pile-up

Posted by: Jon Fine on September 25

The excellent and exhaustive piece in the Wall Street Journal spends a lotta time focusing on the travails of Microsoft's media and advertising operations. Should this, by chance, point you...

Devastating One-Liner About Yahoo Sighted!

Posted by: Jon Fine on July 27

(From a recent informal meeting with a highly-placed digital executive who doesn’t work for any of the below companies.) Me: But why isn’t it OK for Yahoo to be #2...

The One Thing Yahoo Has On Google

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 15

The thing about Yahoo is that it's always been much better at traditional, display advertising than Google. Everyone says so. And now that the Project Panama search upgrade is actually...

Google Hiring Sales Execs For YouTube

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 29

Google is running help-wanted ads for sales execs for its YouTube unit, indicating that efforts to make a dollar off its much-publicized $1.65 billion deal are intensifying. These ads make...

It's Not Just MySpace. How Soon Before Everyone Is Partnering And Competing With Google?

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 06

Judging from the news about Google Print Ads, maybe sooner than we thought. Here's one thing I am wondering: Is the prospect of Google allowing advertisers to place ads in...

Google/YouTube: Before It All Gets Irredeemably Chewed To Death

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 09

Everyone should have seen this coming (excuse me, perhaps I also mean: Before late last week, I didn't see this coming, either) because: 1. Like Google, YouTube is a company...

Google: Mag Ad Initiative Underwhelms

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 01

Those who fear a thoroughly Googled world aren't looking at the whole picture. Froogle hasn't brought eBay and Amazon to their knees, and its social network Orkut is in no...

Wish We'd Thought Of It First Department

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 28

While I was gone last week,'s Jack Shafer posted this amazing future autopsy on where Google went wrong. While in Shafer's scenario both Amazon and Google hubris play a...

All Your (Google) Base Are Belong To Them

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 26

Before we hyperventilate any further about all this, can we take a moment to recall that around ten years ago, everyone was hyperventilating over how Microsoft was going to take...


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