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August 11, 2011

Soup: HuffPost/AOL now "aggregating" video as well 

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The Huffington Post tends to be under constant fire for what many call over-aggregating - taking too much content from other sources and making it their own. It’s always been more of an issue with print stories than video, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore….

But the thing is … AOL did this long before their association with HuffPo even began. Remember AOL TV? It was essentially this. Now they’ve merely joined forces with another company that does pretty much the same thing with words. Also … one could argue that Gawker TV and Mediaite do essentially the same thing but take much less heat for it.

12:43 // 2 years ago
July 24, 2011

HuffPo wins the award for most crass article on Amy Winehouse's demise: "Amy Winehouse's Untimely Death Is a Wake Up Call for Small Business Owners" 

Dear Tricia Fox: Don’t use a person’s death to offer up small-business-friendly advice like this: “But whether you are a pop star, a plumber or a business consultant, the same rules still apply: you are the product. And if that’s the case, you are going to need to take really good care for yourself if you want your business to succeed.” It’s crass SEO-hoarding. BAD HuffPo.

16:39 // 2 years ago
June 17, 2011
Errors didn’t matter. Grammatical errors — be they major or minor — didn’t matter. The brainless peons who read the website simply wouldn’t notice. What mattered was getting the ‘product’ published.
Former AOL TV writer Oliver Miller • Describing his experience with writing for the online megacorp in the pre-HuffPo days. Miller, who says that he was overworked and had to plow through dozens of stories each week, lost his job in an interesting way: He made a stupid aside about Alec Baldwin that the actor saw, then wrote a tirade about … on HuffPo. (Miller didn’t name the actor, but the story was well-circulated. We even wrote about it a long time ago.) After that point, he claims, editors intentionally put errors in his pieces. Miller lost his job five months ago, roughly around the time the AOL-HuffPo merger was announced. (Disclosure: I used to do freelance for AOL News pre-merger, and my experience wasn’t like this at all. It was stressful, but that’s only because I was writing a daily news blog and also working a full-time job at the time.) source (viafollow)
17:20 // 2 years ago
June 10, 2011
735 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails on Scribd: We know how we’re spending our afternoon. (via huffpo)

735 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails on Scribd: We know how we’re spending our afternoon. (via huffpo)

14:44 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2011
14:19 // 2 years ago
April 26, 2011
Today in wishful thinking.

Today in wishful thinking.

0:51 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2011

Huffington Post Is Target of Suit on Behalf of Bloggers | NY Times 

The Huffington Post is the target of a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of thousands of uncompensated bloggers.

“The Huffington bloggers have essentially been turned into modern-day slaves on Arianna Huffington’s plantation,” Mr. Tasini said in a conference call with reporters. He vowed to picket Ms. Huffington’s house and turn her into an outcast in the liberal circles where she made her blog so prominent.

Damn. Some quick settlement math, by the way: $105 million divided by 9,000 bloggers is roughly $11,667. That’s before laywer’s fees, BTW.

(Source: popculturebrain, via theweekmagazine)

13:28 // 3 years ago
March 4, 2011

Arianna Huffington: 'Go Ahead, Go On Strike -- No One Will Notice' | The Wrap 

Arianna Huffington scoffed at a group of unpaid Huffington Post contributors that announced on Wednesday they would stop contributing content to the site, weeks after its $315 million sale to AOL was announced.

Huffington, speaking alongside AOL chief Tim Armstrong at PaidContent’s 2011 Conference in New York on Thursday, dismissed the notion that all bloggers should be paid, given the wide platform HuffPo gives them.

She argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the “Today” show to promote their ideas. And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do.

“The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.” [read more]

If she actually said this, it makes it hard for us to ever want to go to HuffPo ever again. PAY YOUR BLOGGERS, ARIANNA.

15:59 // 3 years ago
February 17, 2011
Huffington Post uses word “Google” 103 times in single article
The article of the moment on HuffPo: Personally, we prefer to Bing Google on Bing. What an obvious grab for SEO! The article says Google 103 times (by our count)! But seriously, folks, we Lycos this article and think it’s pretty Cuil. source
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The article of the moment on HuffPo: Personally, we prefer to Bing Google on Bing. What an obvious grab for SEO! The article says Google 103 times (by our count)! But seriously, folks, we Lycos this article and think it’s pretty Cuil. source

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19:27 // 3 years ago
February 12, 2011

Huff & Puff It Down 

Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists. She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she’s cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp.

But the Huffington Post is not Arianna’s to sell. It is ours: the lefty writers and readers, environmentalism activists and anti-corporate organizers who flooded the site with 25 million visits a month. So we’re going to take it back.

We’ll stop going to her site. And we’ll stop blogging for her too. Then we’ll give birth to an alternative to AOL’s HuffPo by using the #huffpuff hash tag to tell the world about our favorite counter-culture websites and indie blogs.

We are the ones who built the Huffington Post. And now we will be the ones who will huff & puff it down.

Worth noting is that the #huffpuff hashtag has become a pretty huge hit on Twitter. Also, Nate Silver’s commentary is interesting.

19:15 // 3 years ago