Skip to main content

View Diary: Well, This Doesn't Look Good: Amazon Buys Goodreads (56 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Yeah... but... these sites get their value from (5+ / 0-)

    user-comments.  A video game startup or other non-user-content-generated startup isn't relying on users to generate content that they can sell.  This site (Daily Kos) is about the only one I contribute much to at-all, simply because the politics does affect me.  But asking me to generate user-content for a book-review or movie review or whatever to generate content so someone else can sell it, sorry & no thanks.  I will sit that out.  I'm sorry if I am crushing your dreams to get rich off movie reviews I write, but so be it.

    To any wingnut: If you pay my taxes I'll give you a job.

    by ban48 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 08:43:12 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Apparently they didn't need your reviews (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Susan from 29, mattc129

      they got the money. If you had done some research you would have found that the couple that started the site had sold another site to Monster Back in 2004. You would have also found that there was venture capital money involved and that always means one of two things - a major liquidity event meaning founders and people they favor get rich , a sideways sell just to get out and /or bankruptcy.

      The guy that sold had a proven track record of success as a serial entrepreneur. Google is amazing that way. I knew nothing about the site until I heard the whining today and within minutes I did the research that somehow eluded all of you who were caught by "surprise" that the founders would cash out and take advantage of your free content.

      You are generating  free user content here for Kos Media LLC to make a profit on. Somehow people think this site is some ideological non-profit site. It's not. It is what it needs to be to fit the niche it was designed for just like Ailes designed Fox news to fit his niche. Kos has been extremely successful in keeping the site under his control and making a much money off your contributions  and yes you are selling something for him.

      “ Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil of men. ” — Demosthenes

      by Dburn on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:34:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't mind providing content that kos could (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        RiveroftheWest, Larsstephens

        sell or that Goodreads could sell. My problem is with who they sold it to. As I said elsewhere, it would be like kos selling this site to Murdoch's News Corp. Bad fit.

        We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

        by Susan Grigsby on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 06:34:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site