- Other Key Developments
- Less-Heralded But Nevertheless Interesting Disputes of the Year
- Some Snarky Company-Specific Posts/ Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year
Some Snarky Company-Specific Posts
Some companies in our crosshairs this year:
- The Problems With Google House Ads. Google's response to this post was pathetic and embarrassing.
- Scribd Puts My Old Uploads Behind a Paywall and Goes onto My Shitlist. I still use Scribd, but I have zero loyalty.
- Hypocrisy Alert?! Expedia, a "FairSearch" Member, Marginalizes American Airlines in Its Search Results. If you're going to wave the "search neutrality" flag, please keep it hypocrisy-free.
- Facebook pulled a rare hat trick of snark this year: Q2 2010 Quick Links Part 3 (Special Facebook Edition), Facebook's Anti-Spam Filter Blocks Legitimate Conversations about Power.com, and Distrust in the Cloud Part #2: Facebook Blocks J.mp Links and Takes Down Lots of Status Updates in the Process. I'm officially no longer in love with Facebook. I post the exact same content to Twitter and Facebook, so I encourage people to follow me on Twitter instead.
- My RapLeaf Profile Is Amusingly Mistaken. This Is What the Fuss Is All About? . In response to an article in the Wall Street Journal's "What They Know"/privacy plaintiffs lawyers full-employment series of articles.
Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year
The most popular blog posts of the year are as follows:
- Scribd Puts My Old Uploads Behind a Paywall and Goes Onto My Shitlist. Nearly two times the traffic of number 2 on the list. Putting profanity in the post title still works as a traffic booster.
- Deleted Facebook and MySpace Posts Are Discoverable--Romano v. Steelcase. (Topsy 100) I still can't figure out why this post was so popular; it just reminded us of something we already knew. See also the related but overreaching Millen v. Hummingbird Speedway.
- (and 5.) Twitter Clarifies Usage Rules, but AFP Still Claims Unbridled Right to Use Content Posted to "Twitter/TwitPic." An end-of-the-year hit (the #5 post) as a follow-up: Court Rejects Agence France-Presse's Attempt to Claim License to Haiti Earthquake Photos Through Twitter/Twitpic Terms of Service—AFP v. Morel. Both posts were Topsy 100.
- Viacom v. YouTube Summary Judgment Motions Highlights. Not surprisingly, the gossip about the lawsuit is way more popular than the blog post on the actual ruling.
One other post reached Topsy 100: Ripoff Report Defeats Extortion Claim, But Plaintiffs Keep Trying—AEI v. Xcentric.