I guess Forbes figured out a way to fight back




When I read this CJR.com article about Forbes.com launching a new True/Slant-DNA’d blog approach, all I could think about was that five-year-old cover-story in Forbes magazine that started out, “Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective. Their potent allies in this pursuit include Google and Yahoo.”

Another irony: That 2005 article was written by a Forbes writer who would later become one of the most famous bloggers ever, for writing a fake blog that, at times, spews plenty of invective.

Sidenote: Visiting Forbes.com for the first time in a long time, I noticed the cluttered design, page-view-inflating gimmicks and numerous other user-hating approaches of Forbes.com seem to be undergoing a transformation into something that might work when their competitors throw up pay walls.