An interesting question raised this morning… did SEOMoz or SearchEngineLand buy out competitor ThreadWatch? Directly or indirectly?
Thought was (as expressed), that both SEL and SEOMoz have budding “communities” competing for attention. SEOMoz is “membership only” so you need to register to post comments, and there’s a monthly fee for “premium” status. In other words, it’s gone commercial. SearchEngineLand has gone up against the establishment this year, and is working to steal the SEM thunder from SES (as well as the conference dollars). Clearly a site like ThreadWatch, which refused to carry a party message and frequently posed the tough questions (sometimes to the chagrin of these other player sites), was a problem for these industry builders.
Webmaster World bought and held on to ThreadWatch.com back when ThreadWatch.org launched. Clearly a competitive move by Brett-MrCompetitive-Tabke. Now that SEOMoz has momentum, and now that Danny Sullivan’s SEL is full-steam ahead, did they have an active interest in burying ThreadWatch?
Possibly the suddenly-homeless ex-TWers simply find those other communities so unattractive that this conspiracy theory is relatively attractive. But, it might have some credibility.