Ouch! Google CEO Eric Schmidt Insults Bloggers

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Speaking at a newspaper conference, Google CEO Eric Schmidt might have spilled something which he should have kept to himself.  Or should we give him the benefit of the doubt and just think that he did not mean what he said and was just trying to please the newspaper crowd?

Well according to reports, Mr. Schmidt made a rather insulting statement  to bloggers that says:

There is an art to what you do. And if you’re ever confused as to the value of newspaper editors, look at the blog world. That’s all you need to see.

That was surely a painful, trite remark – putting down the billions of bloggers worldwide, right?

Incidentally, in case Mr. Schmidt has forgotten already, Google happens to host possibly billions of bloggers running its AdSense business. Google also runs several company blogs being updated by Google employees who can be called “bloggers.”  And we here at Search Engine Journal who consider ourselves as one of those “bloggers” have been covering Google News, praising Mr. Schmidt’s company for great new products and services.

I don’t think we all deserve that insulting remark.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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  • MK

    I think you're overreacting. He said “look at the blog world”.

  • Kristin

    Give me a break! A little sensitive? For the most part it's true. The majority of bloggers do it as a hobby and are mediocre writers at best. It doesn't mean they should be forced to quit, but compare an amateur's work to that of a professional writer or editor and you can appreciate the craft/skill.

    The same can be said about designers. Look at all the crap floating around out there—hideous, non-functional websites, uninspired logos — and then you'll really appreciate the work of the seasoned professionals.

    I personally think Eric's remark was more about appreciation of skill, not to insult all bloggers. I think the media twisted this one a bit.

  • http://www.search-marketing-answers.com/blog alanbleiweiss

    Eric Shmidt was playing to the crowd. The fact is that he's in a corporatocracy dance, as he and the big corporate publishers work out how they're going to remain in bed together. I bet 80% of the audience took that, hook, line and sinker as an ego boost to their arrogant 20th century belief system, 10% laughed nervously, and the other 10% saw right through his veiled courtship hype.

  • http://twitter.com/InMktgWeTrust InMktgWeTrust

    I think Eric Schmidt is right. Being an Editor requires much more than just writing. Journalism is a profession as it has ethics, standards, formation, requires experience and intelligence. I am of course talking about respectable newspaper. I am sure some journalist of the Sun are heralds of the blogosphere.

  • http://www.lunawebs.com/ Shad Vick

    gramr and punctuashion – who cares anymore. the wrld is changin' and all thos nus people think they're bedder then us blogar peoples. =)

  • http://quillcards.com photographworks

    Eric Schmidt didn't say all blogs are badly written: He said that if you look around the web you will find plenty of blogs that are badly written.

    As the first person to comment here [Kristin] said “Give me a break! A little sensitive?..”

  • Mushegh

    Eric Schmidt +1

    Arnold you take it too personal… http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/100412-114734.

    Journalism and blogging are so close in type but at the same time so different in values and proportions.

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  • http://sellwithwords.com Spyros

    Google actually has a great relation with bloggers. Both parties are making money based on adsense. I don't really think they would want to insult bloggers.

  • http://sellwithwords.com Spyros

    Google actually has a great relation with bloggers. Both parties are making money based on adsense. I don't really think they would want to insult bloggers.