So, I can not stand the [brou ha ha over Google News and fair use](http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/technology/internet/08google.html?ref=technology).
It offends me on several levels, not the least of which is common sense. So for the dim, dull and dense out there, I decided at lunch to do a quick and dirty [content analysis](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_analysis).
**Sampled from Google News homepage – 4/8/2009 10:15 a.m.**
* **Stories with excerpts:** 32
* **Total excerpt word count:** 979
* **Average excerpt length:** 30.59
* **Number of sources:** 111
* **Number of links:** 190
* **Average number of links:** 1.71
* **Median number of links:** 1
* **Max links:** 14
* **Min links:** 1
Please feel free to **check my work.** The screen capture I used for my analysis is on [Flickr](http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmheisel/3424166471/) and the [data is in a Google spreadsheet](http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p0-6UxWupDZ8J9KwpMQcACw&gid=0).
If you look on the [second page of data](http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p0-6UxWupDZ8J9KwpMQcACw&gid=2) you’ll see my “and what do these ungrateful new agencies get out of the deal calculation”. The short answer is more than **2 million unique visitors** seeing their headlines and all at the “cost” of 30 words (most of which included the byline).
Long and short of it — these are [links](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink) — they are what make the Web go round. If you don’t like it, please ban Google and any other user agent you think is unfairly
stealing promoting your content.
I’d provide a link but I wouldn’t want to unfairly
steal promote another site, so just go to