I want my MTV.com
Now we discover that Viacom, in a desperate attempt to matter in cyberspace, is set to launch 20 new websites in the coming months. Really, 20? Yes, 20! I can actually dig that approach. Sprinkle enough seeds, water liberally, and you never know if you may get a killer bloom or two.
However, I also have to come to Viacom's defense because I don't think the company's been asleep at the wheel at all in carving out its online presence. Over the past year and change, Viacom has acquired Atom, Xfire, iFilm, and NeoPets. It has also been striking up some pretty beefy international deals, like one with China's leading website and Rule Breakers recommendation Baidu.com
Having said that, here are some websites that I hope won't be part of the new 20-site explosion:
Yahoo! 1, Google 0
It isn't every day that you see Yahoo!
Yahoo! has this one down to a science, offering up an addictive points-driven platform where visitors ask and answer each other's questions. I believe that Google's surrender may be premature, though. Microsoft's
Until next week, I remain,
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look back. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.