Jul 28, 2011
Failures In Journalism: Internet Traffic Is Not News
Thus we are left with a non-stop barrage of "news" that is either focused on the basest elements of the world, (e.g. Casey Anthony, Terry Schaivo) the most crowd-pleasing fluff (ROYAL WEDDING!!!!) or completely irrelevant data used as filler.
Case in point: This little gem that CNN ran this morning. I think the last few weeks worth of stoies about Google+'s increased membership and unique visitors was fairly annoying, but wholely understandable. In terms of social media networks, Facebook pretty much laid waste to all their competitors and now reigns supreme as King of the Internet. Google+ quickly emerged as a formidable competitor and, especially in light of the spectacular failure that was Google Buzz, the new site's success is absolutely newsworthy.
That being said, a minor dip in traffic is not news. It's inevitable. All websitese experience these kinds of fluctuations, and considering that Google+ is technically still in an invitation-only testing phase, a drop in traffic is even more predictable.
Is this what we have to look forward to? Page hits reported like weekend box office numbers? I certainly hope not.