Therefore, a "gotcha" story about the new web 2.0 butterfly in the electronic neighborhood makes more sense in this light.
Valleywag chimes in by stating, "The Times doesn't even bother linking the story to the bigger issues. For one, what does public reception of Netscape.com show about AOL's chances as a new bottom-up media company?"
Initial numbers prove out that Netscape's move has been successful, at least initially, with a 17% increase in traffic from late June through mid-July, according to Hitwise.
What is perhaps most damning about the story is that Weblogs, Inc. CEO and Netscape.com point man Jason Calacanis was (presumably) neither contacted nor quoted for the story. On his own blog, Jason refutes the story, pointedly adding that "There is one piece of misinformation in the story: that we tried to silence the folks doing the petition by not letting them vote up negative Netscape stories on the new Netscape--that's simply not true."