Continuing, he writes:
On a personal level I am horrified that I can no longer see all my stories. The IHT logo on this blog used to link to a search of the IHT website for my articles. On a professional level, I am appalled that the NY Times would kill all the links back to the IHT website. Imagine the power of combining two sites with a Google rank of 9 instead of killing one.
Also, imagine all the frustrated potential readers who click on a link to a specific story only to find themselves landing on the generic NY Times global front page.
The only way readers can find the IHT stories is by going to places where they were copied and reposted or Google cache. Is that a good for readers (or shareholders)?
Meanwhile Wikipedia is suffering from the broken links, as a result of the Times’ bungling.
Is the above a preview of the damage that Google and Amazon could do someday to e-books when interbook linking becomes common but profit motives and corporate politics win out?
Get this straight, Washington. Like the Times, these are profit-oriented companies that care far more about their shareholders (I’m a small Google one) than about the preservation of information or permanent paths to it. Citizens ahead of media, please! They’re not always the same, especially in this era of mega-conglomerates.
Related: Tom Crampton’s follow-up, showing how the NYT-IHT link zaps are hardly unique.Google+