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A New Era Of Journalism Is Upon Us

This post originally appeared on Linkedin June 4, 2014

I’ve noticed quite a bit of tradition a journalists leaving big media companies for start-ups. This is what will ultimately save journalism. The era of large media conglomerates are done in my opinion.

Sites like The Information, The Technologizer and The Intercept are just a few great examples of this. Both have big names behind them: Jessica Lessin (WSJ),Harry McCracken (Time) and Glenn Greenwald (The Guardian), respectively.

I predict with this new age of journalism we will see viewpoints from all sides and that’s a good thing. We need media to present the news and if they have a particular view point, to articulate it and be transparent about it. Hopefully with more independent news sources, big business’ interests will not be so prevalent in this form of journalism.

What do you think? Will this new type of journalism be a good thing? Post your comments below.

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Seth Goldstein is an Internet marketer based in the Philadelphia-Metro area. He can be reached at LinkedIn@gmwd.us. Seth has more than 35k people following him on Google+ and is an ambassador for Google+. You can find out more about Seth at his Google+ profileand here on LinkedIn.

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Google+ and Longevity

This post was originally posted on Linkedin on May 31, 2014

Many have prognosticated the end of Google+ with the departure of Vic Gundotra. Others, like myself, have fought this negative viewpoint and feel that Google+ has a long life ahead of it.

I’m an avid Google+ user and have been on it from the beginning (beta days). I see so much value to Google+ that I can’t imagine it going away anytime soon.

To me sites like Facebook are so much more surface-level. There are some deep conversations, but not what it’s like on Google+.

Here’s some reasons why Google+ is here to stay:

  • It’s more than a network, it’s a layer, a platform, a community. All these add to the overall experience online and on Google.
  • The layer that Google+ gives to Google as a search company is priceless. It helps them gauge what’s important.
  • It is a ranking factor. Though not every part of Google+ is a ranking factor. The key parts are. If you link goes viral on Google+, you’d be silly to think that Google+ doesn’t notice this and take it into account. If you use the authority tag on your Website and blog, this gives Google a authenticity that it didn’t have before. If your business is listed on Google+ it’s also listed in Google Local. On the flip side, if your business is listed in Google Local, it’s also on Google+.
  • The community is strong. It might not be a place where you see your “In Real Life” friends, but it’s a place where you meet new people and have great conversations about all types of topics (via Communities and just on the feed). I’ve made some life-long friends that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise on Google+.

These are just some reasons why Google+ is here to stay. I’d love to hear what you have to say about Google and Google+. Do you use it? What do you like and dislike about it? Let me know in the comments.

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Seth Goldstein is an Internet marketer based in the Philadelphia-Metro area. He can be reached at LinkedIn@gmwd.us. Seth has more than 35k people following him on Google+ and is an ambassador for Google+. You can find out more about Seth at his Google+ profileand here on LinkedIn.