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It just seems like a pointless exercise in just re-hashing information that's already available on the web thereby lowering the overall value of your content/article.
I've been trying to research something on the net lately, and 90% of the sites are just rehashing the same facts. The others which have done the extra research are so so much more useful
The best way to confirm something is true is to go as close to the original source as possible, which may be offline or online. Just go as close as you can to the origin of a story.
"anybody" may change/edit most wikipedia pages at any time.
Should they chose, even injecting false materials.
Unless the person returns that created the text at wikipedia an updates, the incorrect material gets spidered and indexed.
If you're putting your article online, you might even want to link to some of the better related articles.
This doesn't work for every topic. But I have one site that's in a very well-defined niche, and I find that if I read articles and listen to the news with one eye or ear cocked to how my particular niche might have an interest in a story, I do come up with what I think are some new ideas.
[edited by: Beagle at 9:40 pm (utc) on Feb. 6, 2007]
What can be completely new, IMHO, is finding a relationship between two pieces of content. Say a site for manufacturers and a site for investors (or maybe a site for manufacturers and a printed magazine for investors) both run stories on a new way to lower the cost of making widgets - but each reports the story only from their own "audience's" point of view. If you can connect the dots and make the content more useful for everyone, you've added value to both of the reports and people visiting your site will come away with more insight into the overall direction of the widget industry (and possibly a bookmark to your site).
I couldn't agree more with the above opinion. Linking some pieces of content in a different-from-any-other way is what I call real writing.