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David Utter
Friday Feb 10, 2006

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We may never know what happened before AOL ran to the microphone to announce their Enhanced Whitelist's resuscitation. But both Goodmail and AOL deny there was any intent to corner the bulk email market, leaving the world outside AOL conference rooms to wonder.

Editor's Note: Do you think there's more to this story than AOL is letting on? Can you buy the idea that AOL never had plans to do away with its Enhanced Whitelist? How would you change your business plan if major ESP's set up exclusive relationships with third parties to charge postage fees for email delivery? Discuss at WebProWorld.
Goodmail Denies Fee-Mail Monopoly Game Was all this a practical joke? A failed conspiracy? Propaganda? Goodmail chief Richard Gingras says the whole thing was a big misunderstanding.

"No one ever said anything about the Whitelist going away. [The statement] said the Enhanced Whitelist was going away. It didn't say Goodmail was the only option," Gingras told WebProNews.

Unlike AOL, at least he seems to acknowledge there was some sort of goofed communication. Gingras went on to say, declining to name names, that competitors and some press were intentionally misrepresenting the situation.

The Goodmail service, he said, is an optional authentication service with a higher level of sophistication than traditional IP-based whitelists, and not a kind of "email tax." Gingras insisted also that the rumor AOL and Yahoo! were providing email addresses to third parties were untrue.

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What Gingras said about Goodmail being optional is certainly true, at least now. But as the press, bulk emailers, and anyone else who read the Charles Stiles "memo" understood it, Goodmail was thrown some kind of exclusivity. That corner on the market, especially if it involved email service providers Yahoo! and AOL, had huge implications.

More WPN Coverage of AOL/Goodmail:
› Goodmail A Bad Idea

› AOL Phases Out Whitelist

› Whitelist and Goodmail?

› AOL’s Goodmail Dance

› Goodmail Is About Money...

› Outrage Over AOL Email

› Goodmail Denies Monopoly

But all of those implications and apparent consequences of AOL's well-publicized "thought piece" are now moot, if the Enhanced Whitelist phase out was never an objective, if the wording was unclear or unfortunate, or if such a statement never existed. It's kind of a "if we didn't say that, then it never happened" thing. The problem's solved and everyone can go back to being friends.

While what Gingras said about Goodmail not being stated as the only option is true, the language of the memo didn't mention other choices. In fact, as the reaction of everyone who read it indicates, it seemed very clear that to retain image and link privileges granted through the Enhanced Whitelist, mailers would need to go through Goodmail's CertifiedEmail Service.

Pivotal Veracity's Deidre Baird intimated to WebProNews that the problem was with the (unintentional) wording. The Enhanced Whitelist phase out was mentioned in the same breath as CertifiedEmail, which created an appearance of exclusivity. Whether that apparent exclusivity was intended or accidental is unknown.

"Senders who are on the AOL Enhanced Whitelist will be eligible to apply for the CertifiedEmail service and AOL encourages senders to do so," writes Charles Stiles.

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Blogs House "Brand Assassins"

David UtterBy David Utter

Beware the lowly blogger, all ye mighty multinational corporations, for the keyboard, the RSS feed, and the comments section are mightier than the public relations sword.

The Economist discussed the shift in power when companies face public complaints. The article goes through the history of corporate behavior, from placating unions to splashy public relations efforts, all managed by the business.

Bloggers with a gripe, however, cannot be managed by someone on a corporation's organizational chart. Most bloggers occupy one portion on such a chart, and that would be right at the top. Someone who has climbed from the bottom to the top of the business world may have been able to forget those at the bottom in years past. Not now, as The Economist stated:

The spread of "social media" across the Internet-such as online discussion groups, e-mailing lists and blogs-has brought forth a new breed of brand assassin, who can materialize from nowhere and savage a firm's reputation. Often the assault is warranted; sometimes it is not.

All a blogger really needs to devastate a company is a bit of information and plausibility, a complaint that catches the imagination and a knack for making others care about his gripe.

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Guidelines To Being Indexed By Google

Pop quiz, hotshot: What do you do if you have a new site with no links pointing to it and you'd like to be indexed by Google? What are your options, besides going to a forum and putting a link to the site in question in your signature? What other methods of discovery do you suggest?

Take a look at what pagetta's got going on below and see if you can give her a hand, because her problem is very similar to the one I described above. The sitemap method has already been attempted, and still nothing. Could this be a case of the non-existant Google Sandbox? You decide and let your opinion be heard.

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