tedster - 11:14 pm on Oct 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
Exactly, aristotle. I've noticed since the early 90s that the web involves people with at least three different backgrounds: programming, design and marketing. For a web business to really thrive, these three aspects need to inform each other.
But some types of websites can do just what the owner wants them to do without any concern for blind spots in other areas, and that's find too. The web is a very big place! But it's these differences that sometimes cause disconnects in our discussions here. We have members here who own a business and couldn't personally create an HTML page. We have brilliant affiliate marketers who are extremely weak in business management. And so on.
In this case, a huge portion of the online world is heavily involved in social media - and Google is clearly watching closely and even buying big chunks of that data. That is a blind spot for many long time website owners that I think needs to be pointed out.