Just as we did at the end of 2008, we have gone back through our entire archive for the year 2009 and picked out the articles that received the most conversation from our readers. As we approach the new year, we thought it would be fun to go back and reflect on some of the things that got people talking in the one that’s wrapping up.
Note: Please keep in mind that some of the articles are a bit outdated now as new developments have occurred throughout the year.
1. eBay Wants its Sellers Back
This article received the most commentary by far from WebProNews readers out of every article we produced this year.
2. Top 10 Frustrations for eBay Sellers
Another article on a related subject was also discussed frequently.
3. Does DMOZ Still Have a Place in Search?
Indicating that DMOZ is still definitely a topic worthy of discussion, DMOZ’s value was debated thoroughly in the comments on this article.
4. Do You Respect DMOZ After 11 Years?
DMOZ was also a hot topic after the company had its 11th birthday. It was quite interesting to find out what people thought after 11 years of the directory’s existence.
5. eBay Competitor Bonanzle Continues Big-Time Growth
As was made clear in a number of eBay articles we ran, a lot of users of that site were not very happy. Competitors took advantage. This was a look at the success of one competitor in particular.
6. House Says Bloggers Don’t Count As Journalists
The bloggers vs. journalists debate is always a hot one. Of course when the government gets involved with that debate, some heavy commentary will ensue.
7. Apple Fans Respond To The "Droid Does" Advertising Campaign
Apple fans love to talk. So do Apple haters. That point was very clear in the comments we received on this article.
8. Netbooks: Moving in Right Next Door to Useless
Mike ruffled some feathers with his criticism of the Netbook phenomenon. Although he certainly had plenty who agreed with his views.
9. Can eBay Win Back Sellers with a Shift in Focus?
eBay sparked some interest yet again when it announced its focus on the "secondary market".
10. eBay Unleashes Changes Galore for Sellers
Any time eBay makes changes that affect sellers, you can pretty much guarantee that people are going to talk.
MySpace’s future is discussed as Facebook takes over as the dominant social network.
12. Google: Page Speed May Become a Ranking Factor in 2010
Google’s Matt Cutts dropped a hint that page speed may be considered as a ranking factor by the search engine soon. Some think this is a great idea, others think it’s horrible.
13. The AP’s Desperate Attempt To Outlaw Search Engine Links
A discussion about the Associated Press and fair use of content.
14. Murdoch On Blocking Search Engines: "I Think We Will"
News Corp. CEO Murdoch said some interesting things about how it plans to distribute its content in the future. This is still a hot topic.
15. Shocker: Facebookers Not Happy With Redesign
I’m sure you recall the big Facebook redesign. A lot of people are still bitter about it.
Looking back at some of these articles, it’s hard to believe they’ve all come from just this year. It’s amazing how much has happened in search, e-commerce, and social media. The rate at which everything changes and evolves is really quite astounding. I guess that can be attributed to the real-time nature in which we consume information now, and the sheer amount of content that is poured onto the web every minute of every day.
To get an idea of what I mean, just go to any of our tag pages and look back through our coverage of any given topic. Go to the Google tag, for example, and look at the enormous amount of things Google has been a part of this year alone.
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