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Google in TV Deal with New Channel "Current"

Search Engine giant teams up with Al Gore and his new TV network

     
10:33 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Guess it was just a matter of time before Google worked with the man who created the Internet.

[news.yahoo.com...]

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Monday unveiled his new television network, "Current," which aims to attract younger viewers with short videos and a tie-in with the popular Google Inc. search engine.

and....

In addition to the videos, the new network reached a pact with the search firm to include Google data on the most popular Web searches.

The deal came despite early skepticism from Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, the No. 1 Web search engine that earlier this year stepped into the realm of entertainment by releasing a test video search service that pulls up still shots from such content providers as Fox News, PBS and the NBA.

2:08 am on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Fatal attraction, new money and media power. Citizen Kane of the 21st century?

When you see that M$ is trying to exit out if MSNBC, here comes Google entering television.

Maybe GGuy will get his own show, an Oprah-esque style show discussing the current algo.

4:48 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can see the call-in show now: 1-800-WEB-MSTR. Hmm, on second thought, maybe I'll just stay behind the scenes. ;)
4:51 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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GoogleGuy can host a Jerry Springer type show

Bad SEOs on 1 side, and burnt clients on 1 side

audience can be the white hat do gooders

what ya say GG

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4:58 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It would make for some interesting TV:
Tonight we have cold-calling, doorway-generating SEOs versus the people who believed their pitch! Audience, are you ready to rumble?!?!
5:14 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Next week: SEOs who claimed to have a "special relationship" with Google, and the people who believed them!

Maybe it could be fun. I'd still rather hang out on WebmasterWorld though..

5:26 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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is the show going to be downloadable? i'm morally opposed to television =)
5:36 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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More ads...

I'm glad I gave away my TV

6:22 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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GG

With all these creative ideas, how could you miss in the entertainment world.

I thinking Emmy!

7:19 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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aleksl, you burn your bras too? ;)

I heard this on Stern this morning I think...I'm just glad to have a tech show on TV again. We can't get Tech TV anymore :confused:

7:24 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How bout something like the gong show. Do a search gong the bad sites then drop them in the serps.
8:22 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can't wait to see how this new channel comes out. Al Gore will be sucessful especially with the ideas of Google on his side.
8:31 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think a panel discussion "type" show for webmasters is long overdue and I'm surprised there has never been one! The more informed " Joe Webmaster" becomes about how to build a good web site, the better!

But perhaps more importantly, "Jane & Joe Surfer" need to learn to recognize a good web site when they see one and they need to learn about all the scammers and frauds out there just waiting to take advantage of them.

If there were a "World Wide Web" TV show which served to demystify and debunk the internet for the average person ... the internet could evolve from the "wild west" it is today, into something more refined, dignified, trusted and productive.

We (webmasters) could also benefit from a much more open and honest dialogue with search engine personnel. I would love for the "SEO/Search Engine" quasi-war we've all been embroiled in over the past few years to come to an end once and for all.

I'd like very much to get down to the business of doing business, rather than always having to worry about search engines and what effect this week's algo might have on my sole source of income!

Lets tear down that curtain and reveal the wizard for what he/she really is! A funny looking geek sitting behind his/her computer for 12 hours a day noodling away at the keys and drinking coffee by the gallon!

I'd love a TV show for webmasters and can already think of at least 100 different aspects of running a web based business which would make good topics for discussion. Lets see ... if its a weekly show and I already have 100 topics (based on experience), that's about 7 years worth of programming right there. And that's without trying too hard!

Anyone looking for a producer?

8:47 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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[tv channel] which will provide twice-an-hour updates on viewers' top Internet searches.

I'm sorry this has to be said... Only in America could this happen!

Anyway, I'd love to discuss this more, but I have to rush off, "Paint Drying - LIVE!" is about to start on CBS"

Have a nice day :-)

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Hmm... SEO Rockstars on video. I like it already.
9:04 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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is it smart for a company to openly associate with a polarizing political figure? You risk upsetting about 30% of the population, the hardcore left or right. I voted for Gore, but if I owned Google I wouldn't have done the deal.
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>>>"Paint Drying - LIVE!"

On CBS... woo hoo! It is about time they found a sequel for "Grass Growing - LIVE!". Is Regis the host?

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We must avoid political discussions, but I was wondering about that too.
9:18 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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which will provide twice-an-hour updates on viewers' top Internet searches.

hmmmm.... would that be with the *adult* filter on... or off?

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rock da vote ..sorry tv ..

Me thinks someone is trying to provide a credible counterweight to fox and the good ole' boys.

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I think it's suicide to align your business with a political party.

My prediction: GOOG shares trade at sub $10 in the next 18 months. Microsoft buys Google.

Sorry GoogleGuy. Hope you cashed out already.

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Okay, Google is going to loose nothing because of the politics. Current is potentially profitable venture that claims to be a forum for the true voice of youth by harnessing the democratizing properties of digital media. The fact that youth culture is liberal does not mean that Current presents a threat to any in the conservative establishment. For instance, Fox News (a highly political AND highly successful tv network) should not be worried about loosing viewers to Current.

The one threat to anyone invested in Current is viewer boredom. That's why the quip about the adult filter on the search engine results reports is particularly apt; I think Google will need all the help they can get to maintain viewer interest.

I was at the launching of Current in San Francisco yesterday, and Google's virtual presence didn't exactly have a euphorically rousing effect. In the midst of inspiring live performances from talented artists upon an open air stage, Mos Def suddenly turned the crowd's attention toward the big screen where the youth of America assembled there was made to endure an extremely well-produced yet totally out-of-place video segment featuring an engaging correspondent demonstrating an unprecedented mastery of the art of segue as she carried us through a mind boggling number of top-ten search engine results that spanned from endangered animals to Paris Hilton but by that time the booing got so loud that no one could hear her anymore. It was a total buzzkill.

To be fair, it might make for interesting TV for any ostensibly liberal 18-34 year old nestled comfortably on the couch with a six pack and a couple of valiums.
But not for a live performance.

And to add a humorist twist, Michael Franti had just minutes before made a very special point about how the event was not brought to you by Coca-Cola, not brought to you by SBC, not brought to you by Microsoft - no it was brought to you by the People of San Francisco!

Well, thanks anyway. It's the thought that counts. And whatever, I guess I don't really care about corporate sponsors. (The music was great and it was exciting to be there and see Al Gore announce the launching of Current). But it's just this badly-planned display of irony which which could make one optimistic about the tv network's success; all the purist idealism of youth being efficiently funnelled into a lucrative mainstream network... I'm interested to see how it works out.

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Is this actually an new channel or just a programme? I can't see 24 hours of search results exciting, I mean I look at search results all day.
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>The one threat to anyone invested in Current is viewer boredom

Boredom and Al Gore?

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LOL

"Paint Drying - LIVE!"

Isn't that hosted by Al Gore?

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Guess it was just a matter of time before Google worked with the man who created the Internet.

I can't find a mention of Tim Berners-Lee anywhere, just a mention of some Gore chap.

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"Next week: SEOs who claimed to have a "special relationship" with Google, and the people who believed them!"

followed by our famous quiz:
Who is Googleguy: Make your choice from our selection of pictures of Google employees!

(I could not resist...)

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I can't find a mention of Tim Berners-Lee anywhere

The original reference to the creator of the internet was probably a snide reference to Al Gore once claiming that he invented it. Unless your comment was a sarcastic response to the sarcasm :)

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>> include Google data on the most popular Web searches.

New term: "The Current Scrape"

(sorry to spoil the fun with inappropriate cynicism when faced with such a novel idea as web tv - almost as significant an invention as the internet itself, my compliments to "the Gore chap" for coming up with that one as well. I guess the wheel's next. Or the office clip... Wait a minute... some Redmond firm already invented that one.)

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>> include Google data on the most popular Web searches.

really? all the MOST popular searches?

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