Google Making Major Moves in the Content Space
While partaking in a daily allowance of Internet broadcasting the other day there was news of some apparently notable maneuvers by Google.
The rumored acquisition of Kevin Rose of Digg and Revision 3 fame by Google last week was confirmed Sunday.
Close on the heels of that development was news of the imminent launch of a new premium channel on You Tube called Geek & Sundry, aggregating popular web content from personalities like Felicia Day (The Guild) Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, The Guild), Veronica Belmont & Tom Merritt (Sword & Laser, TWIT),
Speculation that these moves signal Google's intention to improve their stagnated social networking destination, Google + and become a dominant provider of popular Web produced content much like Rose's Revision3 but on a grander scale.
Google's recent acquisitions and development of You Tube channels may pose a threat to smaller content providers if successful. Some pundits such as Leo Laporte have gone as far as to suggest Google may aspire to the role of a content gatekeeper not unlike traditional television networks. The dual role of Google as both content provider and de-facto search engine of record does beg the question of whether the company can remain unbiased in both roles.