Bloomberg’s webophobia

By Felix Salmon
May 22, 2009

Ryan Tate is quite right that there’s no way Bloomberg is going to be able to enforce the attempted ban on its journalists so much as linking to a news story from their Facebook page — although the ban is entirely in line with the company’s longstanding webophobia. Bloomberg killed its RSS feeds as long ago as 2006, and Mike Bloomberg told me as far back as 1995 that he had no interest whatsoever in going onto the web. He was always much happier being in complete control of the Bloomberg space, banning rude words on the messaging system, and so forth.

I’m sure this memo is making a lot of people at Reuters very happy, since it makes it much easier for us to compete with Bloomberg for journalistic talent. And it’s certainly not going to stop me from linking to Bloomberg articles online. Even if I risk receiving a nastygram in return every time I do so. (See the update at the bottom of the blog.) How long until Bloomberg Finally Gets It? My guess is that it’ll be a long time indeed — and certainly won’t happen while Matt Winkler is still there. A shame, for the blogosphere and for freedom of expression, but a good thing for my new employer.

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I concur. But for what it’s worth, I set up a page that monitors their “Breaking News” page and use that RSS.

http://page2rss.com/page?url=www.bloombe rg.com/news/breakingnews/index.html

Posted by Trieu | Report as abusive

He’s the one who’s going to loose. We are in a new age and if he doesn’t keep up I see him like the guy who said that Television was never going to replace Cinema as a way of transmitting information. I can’t even remember the guy’s name but the company is still making movies.

Keep up the good work. Cheers.

Mr. Bloomberg is unlike you, in business to make money, you are a young reporter with ideas about the future and civil liberties to express outside of these edited walls. Mr. Bloomberg is without argument our World’s most successful media entrepreneur. He is our era’s leader in the area where you say, ‘He doesn’t get it’. So, son, I think being generationally closer to your age than Mr. Bloomberg it is my duty to tell you to ‘Grow Up’ it is you that does not get it.

Much of those things you proponent are destructive to the News BUSINESS. A Business is a Business and as much as you like to promote your work in social networking, it makes no money.

I understand Mr. Bloomberg and You, which is why I designed a system that works for both, unfortunately I can’t get any FUNDING because of a legal foul up caused by Google who would rather see me die than get off the ground with a new way of doing things that might suit a need.

And their chairman is in tight with the President, so everything that would solve yours and Mr. Bloombergs understandable problem – isn’t being allowed to happen for the last Two (2) Years.

I’ve been banned from myspace as that media titan is a friend with a DOS Secretary, who because of a 2007 25,000,000 offshore hedge fund gain, wants the matter to stay – quiet.

Like you, we have enough quiet

and Like you, I know in my heart it is time to make some noise and blow the cover off of some of what is going on.

Our Generation has been held in Informational Silence for too long and the (“INFORMATION MONOPOLIES”) need to get out of our way, or let us tell (“the whole story”).

more proof of bloomberg’s webophobia

have you noticed that about 1 in 5 news stories open to a blank page?

it seems that they are deliberately making a percentage of their stories unavailable on the net.

from what i can tell, they didn’t announce this, and instead just introduced it on the sly.

anyone else had similar troubles opening stories?

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