The actions of internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, no stranger to
controversy, have sparked a debate about media credibility after his
off-the-wall tweets about the Apple tablet were picked up by prominent
online and offline media outlets.
Prior to the launch of the iPad, Calacanis tweeted that he had been "beta testing" the "Apple tablet"
for two weeks and spilled the beans on his experience and the specs.
From old media stalwarts like CNN and the Wall Street Journal to new
media mavens like TechCrunch and Silicon Alley Insider, 'reporters' were quick to relay Calacanis' claims to their audiences.
How much traffic does your website get? On the surface, it seems like it should be an easy question to answer. But unfortunately, it isn't so cut-and-dry. Companies like comScore are in the business of helping publishers and advertisers find the answer, but according to Jason Calacanis, comScore is running an "extortion ring".
In a fiery post this weekend, he rails against comScore, calling it the "technology industry’s biggest bully" and even suggesting that traders short the company's stock.
SEO is a polarizing subject. Bring it up in the company of the tech set and chances are you'll get a debate not unlike one you might get when talking about religion and politics.
A lot of the criticism of SEO is misplaced while some of it isn't. When addressing SEO criticism, it helps to have an understanding of why critics are so skeptical. Here are top 10 reasons.
In response to Jason Calacanis’ war on individuals and organizations
who charge entrepreneurs money to pitch their startups to investors, I
made the point that the biggest scam perpetrated on entrepreneurs is
the promotion of the idea that raising money from professional investors is
something entrepreneurs should do if they want to be successful.
The truth of the matter is that angels and VCs are great, if you’re a member of the ‘startup establishment’, as Calacanis is.
Jason Calacanis has declared war on organizations that charge
entrepreneurs to pitch investors on their startups. With "boiling
blood", he used a post on his blog this weekend to shame these
organizations and to threaten them with extinction.
Singled out: a number of groups, including the well-known Keiretsu
Forum. All of which charge entrepreneurs fees to present their
businesses to "rich angel investors" who Calacanis believes are
exploiting "poor" entrepreneurs.
Jason Calacanis is hoping to increase user generated content at his "human search engine" Mahalo with a new revenue sharing model that lets users split the site's profits.
The two year web directory announced the changes at New York Tech Meetup on Tuesday. According to Calacanis:
"We need to get out of the page creation business and move to the next level."
Until now, entries on Mahalo were created by a small team of paid staffers. Now, any user can claim a topic, maintain and esentially own it. But unlike the Wikipedia model, where users create and update pages for free, Mahalo is letting users in on the profits of their labor, with a 50/50 split of the ad revenue on created pages.
I wrote a post last month called ‘Why should brands own their own social media profiles’, where I called out Coca Cola for not bothering to sign up for @coke and @dietcoke on Twitter. But there's a bit more to it than meets the eye.
Earlier today, I spotted a note on Twitter by Rory Brown that simply said: “I really like the concept behind @answers. Mahalo may have a winner there.”
Mahalo Answers was launched in mid-December 2008 as an extension of Mahalo, the human-powered search engine. It’s like Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers, and it works well. It even uses Twitter as a capture and response channel: you can ask questions and receive replies via Twitter. It also automatically posts questions asked via the website to Twitter. In short, it’s excellent.
Business models aside, Mahalo might have a winner in selecting 'answers' as its Twitter username.
Google has a major problem relating the identification of paid links, but I believe it has an even bigger problem relating to the definition of 'paid links', and the very term itself.
Econsultancy’s Patricio Robles wrote about this earlier today so I don’t want to cover too much old ground, but I do want to comment on the difference – or similarity – between paid and commercial links.
Jason Calacanis may be one of the most recognizable internet entrepreneurs in the United States but that doesn't mean that is current startup, Mahalo, is above using questionable SEO tactics to boost its SERPs.
Mahalo is a human-edited web directory that some have criticized in the past as being nothing more than a link farm designed to take advantage of search engines. Which is ironic, given that Calacanis has in the past been critical of SEO.