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Datamonitor Syndicates Content to Web Sites with New CommentWire Service

Magazine article Information Today

Datamonitor Syndicates Content to Web Sites with New CommentWire Service

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Datamonitor (http://www.datamonitor.com), a leading European market-analysis firm, has introduced a new Internet content product called CommentWire (http://www.commentwire.com), designed for the fastgrowing Web-content-syndication arena. This Internet "wire" service provides expert opinions and analysis on key business issues and breaking news items. Aimed at business executives, small-business owners, financial professionals, and investors, the live feeds tap into the expertise of over 200 business experts on Datamonitor's staff. Webmasters will be able to license CommentWire and use XML-based software to integrate the links to their own sites.

According to Mike Danson, chairman of Datamonitor: "CommentWire is a unique resource for all Internet sites and mobile-service providers that want to increase their appeal to business users. Licensing CommentWire will help them gain a competitive advantage--cutting-edge independent viewpoints to enlighten their users."

CommentWire provides between five and 15 articles daily that focus on current news issues and cover U.S. and international business developments. The tone struck by the material differs from the "just-the-facts" style of news reporting. Instead it takes more of the analysts' advisory style--"they should, you should." This fits the description of the service provided on the Web site: "CommentWire is an expert-opinion-and-analysis service that briefs investors and professionals on the implications of business issues and events."

One minor warning for U.S. users: Dates for the articles appear in the European order (Date/Month/Year) not in the U.S. style (Month/Date/Year). Looking at an article on last month's surprising report about Priceline.com, I had a momentary shock as I thought that CommentWire had dragged up an old June 10 article. I then realized the information--as confirmed in a Wall Street Journal item--had come from October 6. …

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