Google Finance: Tracking Blogs

by Alex Stenback on March 21, 2006

Google_finance_logo
The latest Beta Launch from Google, Google Finance, includes blog news when you enter a ticker symbol.  From the about google finance page:

"If you want the opinions of citizen journalists, you got ‘em; Google
Finance includes company-related postings from Google Blog Search."

A nice little add-on, and we have to admit seeing our name on the google finance page was kind of cool – check out the screenshot from this page on ZipRealty.[click to enlarge]

Btm_google_finance_beta_shot

But Paul Kedrosky points out an obvious, potentially hilarious (if costly) flaw in google including blog results in it’s financial news:

Those crazy kids at Google. Where it doesn’t matter — over on Google
News — they don’t run blogs alongside the professional media stuff.
But where it does matter — in Google Finance — blog stories are right
alongside major media outlets. I wonder what they’re planning to do
keep the market manipulators away. Because I can just imagine the
conversations:

"Alice, before coming down for dinner I
saw a story on Google Finance that a small former mining company based
in Vancouver is buying Google and Microsoft and Oracle — and the stock only trades for $0.18!"

"Oh, that’s interesting dear. Maybe we should buy some tomorrow after mall-walking."

· Google Finance Beta [Google]
· Google Finance: All Whiz and No Bang [Paul Kedrosky]

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

duane March 21, 2006 at 3:36 pm

maybe i should start a blog about mall walking.

Editor March 21, 2006 at 4:17 pm
Derrick Shields March 22, 2006 at 6:30 pm

Mr Kedrosky points out a *very* strong point. Imagine the implication of market manipulation via google’s blog ‘news’ feature. I’m sure there are 100 groups out there right now (penny-stock manipulators come to mind) that are sitting down figuring how they are going to use this feature to make them rich.

Of course it could work beautifully as well. Who knows. There’s always Yahoo Finance ;-)

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