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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Discovery Acquires TreeHugger






No. It's not selling out. It's making a smart, strategic move. I'm talking about the announcement today that Discovery Communications has acquired TreeHugger.com.

TreeHugger.com was the little start-up that could. A brilliant, entrepreneurial risk that (finally) paid off. I don't know the details of the contract, but from Graham's statement at TH and the press release in my inbox, I got the impression that TH will maintain control over a lot of the content and will help shape the online community for Planet Green.

For Discovery it means that they don't have to reinvent the wheel. Like when Google bought You Tube. Google tried video, but they sucked at it. They realized You Tube had a good thing going - and well, if you can't beat 'em....

Many media outlets and others who are trying to capitalize on the green wave are having a hard time catching up and making inroads in an increasingly saturated community. The Discovery acquisition of TH will benefit both parties and will create an opportunity for the TH message to move beyond the enviro-niche and onto the masses. After all, isn't that the goal?

Will things change at TH? Sure they will. Will everyone like it? Probably not.

I say: Congratulations to Graham and the TH team.

Read Graham Hill's comment on the acquisition at TreeHugger.com

3 Comments:

  • Nice to see you back Amy! Good post, it's an interesting development.

    By Anonymous David, at 02:40  

  • thanks for this post. We are all still a bit shellshocked but think it will be a great opportunity.

    By Blogger Lloyd, at 13:54  

  • I agree -- there will be changes, but if Discovery knows what is good for them, they won't alter Treehugger to drastically. Afterall they have most a model that works, and if they play with that model, readers will react and ultimately find somewhere else to go.

    Stephen Albinati
    http://zumer.wordpress.com

    By Blogger Stephen, at 18:06  

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