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(ZDNet)   And so it begins: freelancers, bloggers, and producers at MSN news portal are being let go as Microsoft starts up budget-cutting process. Guess I'll have to log on to AOL to get my news   (zdnet.com) divider line 15
    More: Strange, MSN, Microsoft, producers, Xbox Live, Budget Planning  
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2013-09-14 06:37:51 AM  
Lets hope with Ballmer going Microsoft can hit their stride again.

MSN.com is a good example of how Ballmer dropped the ball (forgive the pun)

You have one of the top visited websites. What do you do? You piss it away as a general all purpose portal that has absolutely nothing special about it. I don't know what can make MSN special again, but something must be done. It needs that special thing about it.

Microsoft could have made a lot more money with it then they are now.
 
2013-09-14 07:27:31 AM  
Oh look, a headline that references AOL, with an article about MSN that was published by ZDNet.  Has-been website trifecta is in play  with just one link.
 
2013-09-14 07:30:53 AM  
This news would be disturbing if anyone actually read what the freelancers, bloggers and producers did.  I challenge anyone to identify content they are even mildly bothered about not being able to access as a result of these actions.  That's why they are being let go.  Nobody cares.
 
2013-09-14 07:31:25 AM  
Interesting, so HuffPo and TechCrunch are has-beens?

/Yeah, actually, you're probably right...
 
2013-09-14 07:53:03 AM  
I find the citation about their number of unique visitors to be misleading. How many of that number actually wants to be there, as opposed to those who were forced to open Internet Explorer to use some shiatty IE-only resource and found the homepage still defaulted to MSN?
 
2013-09-14 08:35:13 AM  
I know, let's stuff our home page with as much crap as we can and then make it everyone's default so that it takes twenty minutes for our browser to load. Genius!
 
2013-09-14 09:09:15 AM  

dynomutt: Interesting, so HuffPo and TechCrunch are has-beens?

/Yeah, actually, you're probably right...


To be fair, HuffPo is pretty bad. Not quite CNN level bad, but it's close.
 
2013-09-14 09:10:46 AM  

QuesoDelicioso: I find the citation about their number of unique visitors to be misleading. How many of that number actually wants to be there, as opposed to those who were forced to open Internet Explorer to use some shiatty IE-only resource and found the homepage still defaulted to MSN?


Half of the searches there are probably for google from old people that don't know how to get off MSN any other way
 
2013-09-14 11:21:10 AM  
I know the only time I ever see that site is the first time opening up an Internet Explorer instance to download firefox.

/IE:  The tool you use to download firefox.
 
2013-09-14 11:28:56 AM  

Director_Mr: This news would be disturbing if anyone actually read what the freelancers, bloggers and producers did.  I challenge anyone to identify content they are even mildly bothered about not being able to access as a result of these actions.  That's why they are being let go.  Nobody cares.


THIS

About the only newspaper/online publication I respect now is the Christian Science Monitor, because it's the only thing where I regularly feel illuminated by what they write, that someone tried to inform, fairly about a subject.

And bloggers who are subject specialists who comment about the news. I follow one blogger who is a tax specialist and writes about political announcements about tax, stuff that regular journalists don't pick up on because they just don't have the depth in the subject.

Beyond that, you have to read books. That's where most of the best investigative journalists are now. They produce something that really had some time and care put into it, not 2000 words knocked out by 5pm, which is what most papers are producing.
 
2013-09-14 12:01:34 PM  
Sorry, my giveafark on this subject is broken.  When the major point of a "news" organization is to have utterly unimpressive stories, with anything that doesn't fit their narrative filtered out, the handwriting is on the wall; being famous for what you leave out isn't really a thing.  Being a weak echo of the echo chamber isn't even a talent or a feature, it's more like a cognitive impairment.
 
2013-09-14 12:24:29 PM  

NickelP: Half of the searches there are probably for google from old people that don't know how to get off MSN any other way

who think MSN is the Internet.
 
2013-09-14 12:44:58 PM  
That Portlandia episdode where George Wendt became a "listourlist" kinda summed this up, I think...
 
2013-09-14 02:36:25 PM  
Or you can use RSS feeds like sane people.
 
2013-09-14 03:22:27 PM  

cman: I don't know what can make MSN special again


wat
 
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