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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

For Sale... The Internet


Beware: Rant Ahead

A few months ago I started using Google Alerts in trying to get information on Working at Home. I thought that the information would be fairly up-to-date, so I would be able to keep abreast of anything new.

The stories are sometimes good, and usually within a day or two of publication. Something I did notice was that they are almost always a "formal publication", in other words MSM, Newspapers, Magazines and Press Releases.

The problem I find with that is they are all commercial ventures. I don't mean an entrepreneur, trying to build his business, but Major Publications. Fully commercial in their all aspects.

If they happen to have anything on Working at Home, it always has something to do with Big Business and how they deal with employees telecommuting. There is almost nothing about the "little guy", the people who actually work at or from their homes trying to run a small business.

If you Google something about Working at Home, you may or may not find something that you are looking for. If you search in the Blog Search, you will find some personal blogs on the subject, but since these major publications all have "blogs" now, you are just as likely to find an article from the Wall Street Journal.

Now, we have Technorati teaming up with the Associated Press along with The Washington Post. If you think we have problems getting indexed now, just wait...

Combine all this with the fiasco of net neutrality and the Telco/Cable Co's, and there will not be any room for the Work at Home types, unless you work for some Big Corporation Telecommuting.

What are your feelings on this? Do you think the Small Business is getting pushed off the Internet?


Related Posts:
Help Save Internet Neutrality
Parallel Super Highways for a Fee
Technorati-Shopping is NOT Strategy (Liz Strauss)

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4 Comments:

At 8:49 PM, Blogger ME Strauss said...

Ah Joe,
We'll survive for sure

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Hey Liz,
As long as we work together to keep the internet open, I think you're right.
Joe

 
At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Dave Donohue said...

Joe,

I agree with you that big corporations and telecommuters for big companies are expanding their presence, but innovation still comes from peoples' spare rooms, home offices, and garages. So long as that's true, there's always going to be room for the small business.

FWIW, I have a blog devoted to working at home located here. There are others out there.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Hey Dave,
Although it is true that there is always room for innovation, my real question is will we be able to afford it?
Joe

 

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