Google: We’re Not a Publisher but …

October 10, 2008

Chris Snyder’s “AOL Sends Journals Users to Google’s Blogger” for Wired here reports that AOL will transfer its bloggers’ content to Google. Maybe Google is an aggregator, not a publisher. Whatever the term, original content is original content. Making that content available is a publishing function. Google insists that it is not a publisher. Maybe a better logician than I can explain this apparent contradiction. Mr. Snyder does not seize upon this angle. He must know more about Google’s definition of publishing than I do. He works for a real publication, and I work with geese and dogs.

Stephen Arnold, October 10, 2008


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