This is the rare case of a useful press release (or, as Steve Rubel puts it so eloquently here in a late description of the Press Release Cemetery, "wouldn't it be great if press releases had comments, trackbacks and a Technorati in-bound linkmeter actually attached to them?").
I received a lot of heat and anonymous emails in the days after this earlier blog post: "Google PageRank and Alexa Traffic Rank: Numbers And Figures". Some readers (the ones at the low end) cried and complained endlessly, others (the ones at the high end) were pretty satisfied. Here´s the second edition. I´ve skipped the Google PageRanking this time (e.g. the new website Stockphotographer.info has a Google PageRanking of 0, but an Alexa ranking of 60,612).
Don´t overestimate all this. Note that Alexa traffic rankings have neither a real scientific value nor are
they truly reliable media data, they´re just a rough estimation and not an entirely accurate indicator (see the "Important Disclaimers"). In a nutshell, the raging passion when readers were responding to the first edition of Google PageRank and Alexa Traffic Rank: Numbers And Figures was diametrically opposed to the apparent uselessness of Alexa traffic rankings.
Fat-free frozen ice cream investors join the the stock photo industry. After founding one of the "fastest growing frozen snacks companies in the United States", veteran ice cream investment team Sam Pugliese and Marc Wexler acquired a controlling interest in the prestigious NYC-based photo agency Retna (celebrity, music, stock/lifestyle, fashion, event and historic images), founded in 1978 by photographer Michael Putland. More details here: "By identifying an underdeveloped but rapidly expanding market segment in fat-free frozen ice cream, we were able to rapidly grow Skinny Cow Ice Cream into a dominant player in a profitable niche. We see similar opportunity in the Retna acquisition."
What to do with a $100 million credit you receive shortly before Christmas, especially if you can´t "believe the profit margins" in the Stock Photo Industry? JupiterImages did just what the company had done earlier, continued the shopping tour and has just announced that it has acquired all of the shares of the french company Stock Image S.A.S for approximately U.S. $11.1 million in cash. Stock Image S.A.S is selling rights-managed images through its Stock Image brand and royalty-free images through its Pixland brand.
Quoting a more or less bright analyst talking to Liz Huebner ("this is the type of question that is causing you to retire early"), the following is a summary of the Getty ImagesConference Call on January 26, 2005 (complete transcript file here). This might not be of any interest to anyone looking for a quick reading, but I don´t care. Details already available through the earlier released Quarterly Metrics and the press release are mostly not itemized in this summary. Related: