The Times Notices Google Bombing

And does a fine job, noting interesting, lesser known examples. Sheesh, Circuits might actually be getting better – this week anyway they seem to be more focused on culture/policy and less focused on gadgets. Good move. The piece covers the SEO world, quotes Danny, talks about other engines as well….

And does a fine job, noting interesting, lesser known examples. Sheesh, Circuits might actually be getting better – this week anyway they seem to be more focused on culture/policy and less focused on gadgets. Good move.

The piece covers the SEO world, quotes Danny, talks about other engines as well. Apparently some libertarians are hard at work making the IRS the #1 SERP for the phrase “organized crime.” They have a way to go.

An interesting meme in the piece: The growing popularity of Google bombing can’t be a welcome development for a company that is expected to begin selling stock to the public in a few months.

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The Standard, Now Blogging

As I've said many times, it's always good to see something you care about live on, no matter what the form. Matt is now bringing guest bloggers (so far, all were connected to the old Standard in one way or another) to The Standard. Don't get all excited (or don't…

As I’ve said many times, it’s always good to see something you care about live on, no matter what the form. Matt is now bringing guest bloggers (so far, all were connected to the old Standard in one way or another) to The Standard. Don’t get all excited (or don’t sharpen your knives, whichever works for you), it’s still under the control of IDG.

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But Wait! There’s More!

I just got Ronco spam! This marks a special moment in the the maturation of the Web – Ronco has taken its marketing tactics to email. Sure, I know they've had a site for a while, but man, ain't it great to see it shine online? The spam was lame,…

I just got Ronco spam! This marks a special moment in the the maturation of the Web – Ronco has taken its marketing tactics to email. Sure, I know they’ve had a site for a while, but man, ain’t it great to see it shine online? The spam was lame, the site is lame, the marketing tactics are lame – it’s simply wonderful!

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Get In Early…

Ross Stapleton Gray, who in this site's short existence has challenged and extended my thinking on search, has started a blog of his own on a topic near and dear to him: RFIDs. It's called Surpriv (a very cool name.) I think of RFIDs as an extension of search, he…

Ross Stapleton Gray, who in this site’s short existence has challenged and extended my thinking on search, has started a blog of his own on a topic near and dear to him: RFIDs. It’s called Surpriv (a very cool name.) I think of RFIDs as an extension of search, he thinks of search as an extension of RFIDs. Check it out….

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RSS Conference/Webcast This Week

Dan Gillmor, Dave Winer, Ross Mayfield, and many others are gathering virtually to discuss RSS and its implications at the RSS Winterfest Jan 21 and 22 (agenda). I'm particularly interested in the conversations around the future of RSS, and how it will evolve to support subscription and advertising models (yes,…

Dan Gillmor, Dave Winer, Ross Mayfield, and many others are gathering virtually to discuss RSS and its implications at the RSS Winterfest Jan 21 and 22 (agenda). I’m particularly interested in the conversations around the future of RSS, and how it will evolve to support subscription and advertising models (yes, a publisher’s question – how can we monetize this!?).

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eBay = The Fed

OK, that's a stretch. But via Mediapost we learn that Washington Mutual, a major bank, is using an eBay auction to set interest rates for its CDs. This is a stunt, certainly, but an interesting one. I've always been fascinated by the use of eBay as a "meta" pricing mechanism…

OK, that’s a stretch. But via Mediapost we learn that Washington Mutual, a major bank, is using an eBay auction to set interest rates for its CDs. This is a stunt, certainly, but an interesting one. I’ve always been fascinated by the use of eBay as a “meta” pricing mechanism for markets outside of individual items. For example, Dale Dougherty over at O’Reilly recently turned me onto the idea of using eBay to create markets that might predict the half-life/value of new gizmos by comparing what past iterations sell for in aggregate on eBay.

From the story:

In a promotion beginning today, the bank is using eBay to auction interest rates for its certificate of deposit accounts. But instead of posting a low rate and letting consumers bid them higher, Washington Mutual will offer the CDs at a relatively high interest rate, which eBay members will bid down. …. Aside from being a radical form of banking, the promotion is the latest in a series of innovative marketing deals to come out of eBay’s new Strategic Partnerships Unit, which also developed such surprising stunts as Seven-Up’s “Liquid Loot” and Hasbro’s “Jedi Knights” promotions.

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The Dude Abides…or…Dudester

Remember The Big Lebowski? No? Well, the main character, played perfectly by Jeff Bridges, was named "The Dude." He lived, loafed and bowled in LA, circa the late 90s. I'm not sure if the movie inspired "Dude, Check This Out!", a new web-based application I found via Boing Boing, but…

Remember The Big Lebowski? No? Well, the main character, played perfectly by Jeff Bridges, was named “The Dude.” He lived, loafed and bowled in LA, circa the late 90s. I’m not sure if the movie inspired “Dude, Check This Out!”, a new web-based application I found via Boing Boing, but it certainly seems so. While they have picked Charles Atlas as their icon, I think they’d do better with Bridges’ character. In any case, the Dude (that’s what they call themselves) is a recommendation engine of sorts. How it works:

“You can use the Dude to store cool links that you find. Once you store something, you can send it to others, both inside and outside the Dude universe….

Your collection of cool links is anonymously related to other link collections in the Dude database, and the Dude then suggests other links to you. It’s sort of like the Amazon suggestion engine for books based on “people who bought this book also bought…”, but for links instead. Cool, eh?….

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Why The Search Box Is Important…

Because your company's employees can use it to punk you on your 40th birthday: type "old fart" into Amazon's search box (today only, I'd wager) and you'll see this… thanks to D. Weinberger for the pointer……

Because your company’s employees can use it to punk you on your 40th birthday: type “old fart” into Amazon’s search box (today only, I’d wager) and you’ll see this… thanks to D. Weinberger for the pointer…

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