Okay so when I asked “Who Paid ThreadWatch to Close” I was alluding. Yes I heard the question asked, but I also had my thoughts… the owners had conflicts of interest, conflicts of behaviors, and the audience wasn’t expected to pony up for $5,000 meetups featuring Dinner With Ego. The “pay to close” bit alluded to a higher conceptual exertion of influence along those lines.
Was ThreadWatch in the way? Surely it was, if for no other reasons than is was heavily branded (hard to overcome that), perseverant (did the editors even matter?), and not monetized (that had to suck). In an SEO world more incestuous than even the 2002-03 WebModeratorWorld, those forces would be enough to choke ThreadWatch to death if more than two BigBoys said it was time to feed the daisies.
And today everyone rejoice and be happy about Sphinn. It’s new, it’s branded BlueAndGreenGears and it has Danny! Vanessa says it’s Fun! DaveN says it’s “DaveN approved”. Rand has posted, Tamara has posted, Lee has posted. It’s community! It’s.. umm.. great! Did I say fun? Oh, yeah. And how about clean and smart and hip and and and and… web tooey? Can you say Joint Venture? Can you spell Strategic Alliance?
The SEO world is becoming much more fun now that everyone is friends, isnt it? More obvious, more blatant, more of all stuff that caused Nick Wilson to start ThreadWatch. Funny, that.