I hope you are well and I am certain your weather is perfect!
Great seeing you again last week … as always.
Like you, I try to stay ahead of trends in online media – with domains being a cornerstone of everything (as they truly are). I thought you’d enjoy spending some time on streamingmedia.com if you haven’t already.
The site is replete with info on the streaming media industry … which is really another way to say MEDIA … as we all know that with convergence “real-time media and information” means “all information and media” which will or should be real time.
While these inaugural award winners comprise some industry stalwarts (and are not necessarily the most progressive companies though they continue to lead in terms of content delivery) it is a sign of the times that as all media streams (whether blogs, radio – i.e., Live365, etc) it likely won’t be long before the domain world is recognized as the leading indicator for media universally. I also think this dovetails into your and Sahar’s recent blogs on matching domains with real content (as many of the SM awards reflect content delivery technologies).
The StreamingMedia press release hit today announcing the awards...
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to acknowledge not just the winners of these awards but the continued growth and vitality of the streaming media industry," says Streaming Media editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. "The winners exemplify technological and business innovation, as well as outstanding customer service and brand messaging. I think the fact that the winners were chosen by end users makes them all the more meaningful." Here are the winners:
Quote: What do 16,000 people do at Google? "Half the company has been hired in the last 12 months. That's chaotic," he says. "The new employees find it difficult to figure out how to get things done. It's not a normal company."
***FS*** Jordan Rohan has my favorite quote which is balls-on accurate: ""They have possibly the best core business in the history of the Internet, That is supporting them as they attempt to find an Act II."" I've had several historical Googlers tell me that many of the original staff have tried to land jobs with Facebook. 16000 people vs Less than 400 leaves lots of headroom for potential options and upside.
More interesting perspective from Michael per yesterday's post... Some great charts too. He surmises that Google's TAC (traffic acquisition costs paid to syndicators/affiliates) is increasing and its margins are falling as it engages in a war to deny traffic to competing keyword marketplaces. I have heard several publishers hypothesize that there is an unspoken "screen" or "discard rate" applied to traffic in the major keyword marketplaces.
Even if this is just a figment of paranoid publishers imaginations Google's black-box and record earnings just don't add up against flat publisher revenues.. a bit more transparency on Google's part would likely drive more publisher loyalty, longer commitments and trust.
Geeky stuff ... Cnet blog post by Michael Horowitz about domain name forwarding. (Direct navigation.) If anybody knows about the power of a great domain name it's CNET (News.com, Seach.com, Com.com) ..
These names drive huge huge traffic for CNET.. Com.com triggers a huge flood of error traffic in older Microsoft browsers that forward slow resolving DNS lookups for any domain name over to Domain.com.com .. CNET activated this wildcard a year or two ago and experienced a significant surge in traffic.
The domain names this company owns are what sets it apart from any other tech news websites. Honorable nod to some of the authoring there.