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Socialmedian Exits Beta; Goldberg Charged With Grand Theft Content
Anthony Ha at Venturebeat reported on Friday that Socialmedian has left the beta stage (whatever that means). Ha says it’s an important milestone for the company. Ha went on to note, "I’m not seeing anything that will tempt me away from social messaging/sharing sites like Twitter and FriendFeed, or the sharing option within (the newly redesigned) Google Reader."
What I see with Socialmedian is that founder Jason Goldberg has committed grand theft content. Basically what Socialmedian does is take content from around the Web, put it onto Socialmedian and let you comment about it. If your post is very long (and I mean VERY long), Socialmedian offers a read more link but the majority of content I see on the service is full scraping. What this means is that for most content on Socialmedian, a reader will never find their way to the source.
While I don’t see any ads on the site yet, I am certain that Socialmedian’s business model will be based around generating revenue from everyone’s hard work creating the content.
But wait, it gets even better! If you share an item from Socialmedian, by default it sends the Socialmedian link, not the original source link. Here’s a Twitter share example. For some reason I started receiving emails from Socialmedian daily about 10 days ago. All links in the email point to Socialmedian.
Socialmedian has raised about half-a-million dollars in funding and their team is mainly in India. If Socialmedian wants to aggregate comments back to their site from their users commenting on the source, fine. I’ve read their extensive about us and history pages, but I really don’t see the appeal of this service.
Microsoft’s Dare speaks about commenting in his latest post regarding Windows Live. Dare notes, "The more sites Robert (Scoble) imports his blog feed into, the more it fractures and steals away the conversation from his blog post. This is in addition to the fact that there is some confusion as to where people should leave comments on his blog post."
It’s almost like the idea is to create the laziest possible application – the lazier the better? Each app that comes out moves the lazy needle a bit further along. I wonder what’s next in lazy apps?
Check out Adrian’s look at people and content aggregators.