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July 05, 2011


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Michael Durwin

I was going to comment here but I already commented in another portal: Google+!


hi David,

You sound almost surprised! I bet you're actually not though... :)

Anyway, the solution seems pretty clear to me: paid subscription. And I really believe that we're entering the stage where sites can actually start requesting money for the wellbeing of people's data. Like, a service with a future proof business model.

David Meerman Scott

Tasmijn -- that's what they tried to do in the last portal era!


WELL SAID! I am disgusted already. I have a client who drove 500 hits to a Blog Post on Scribd on July 4th, holiday of course. No Google, No Bing, No Facebook Traffic. All Tweet traffic. Just the title and a link, no hype. So Google is shooting itself in the foot. As we have seen there are FAR MORE SYNERGIES and SYMBIOSIC with these behemoths than of them care to admit. IE Apple needs Google to drive traffic on it's mobile phones. Just like LinkedIn has not dumped it's TweetIn feature which allows us to update our LinkedIn Stream when we tweet. There is no reason to use this isolationist tactic, and I have iterated why on another blogs post. Alot of this Social Media frenzy is driven by the Recession because of a corporate perception that social media is free or low cost. It may all fade soon, and people get back to reality. Facebook and Twitter may evolve or ( innovate ) into big huge market places where people sell stuff, and they go the way of MySpace within the next 24 months, who knows? Nobody has a crystal ball.

I do get the impression and have said all along that somebody will come along and take the place of Facebook or Twitter, and the heavy handed ways of dealing with these things without letting users know will eventually cause backlashes, and they could do it better.

They have no PR Skills whatsoever.

I have to run. Lonny Dunn tweets at @ProNetworkBuild

Phil Dunn

Devil's advocate here: Google+ is trying to make things easier and they've succeeded on some fronts (circles). Apple has been successful with the ease-of-use strategy, and they do it "island-style."


I guess this is the way it works, and it can't be avoided. They all kick through the door with a revolution, trying to change the way we communicate or even live. But as they grow mainstream, politics take over.
I wish to think that things change because the stakeholders landscape of such a company shifts through the different phases of growth.

It can't be avoided. That's strategic management. And I can't wait to meet that new company lurking for behind.

David Meerman Scott

Pro - Social media is here to stay. It will not fade away. The question is how things will )or will not) come together.

Phil - Sure, G+ is making things easier. But that means you need yet another social platform. Another island.

Adrian - Kind of sad to assume that this behavior cannot be avoided. But having worked in media businesses for 20 years, I'd say you are right.


Hi, David --

Thanks for clarifying the "Portal" issue. There's been a lot happening around all this and it's good to have someone frame the issue as a "been there, done that" kind of thing.

And I agree -- we've been there and done that and it didn't work!

Jamie Turner


Thanks for sharing this post... Now it makes more sense... By the way can anyone please tell me on how Google + works?


Paul Chaney

Completely agree that we're moving back into a more closed and controlled, albeit still very chaotic and noisy, version of the web. Portals...apps... what will this all look like in five years?

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