Who's the biggest in Ireland?

Thread Title: Eircom says"I'm, bigger than you." Yahoo says"No I'm bigger than you." The Irish bragging wars continue..... Thread Url: http://www.enn.ie/frontpage/news-9570578.html Thread Description:

This really made me smile. A fight between Yahoo UK & Ireland and Eircom over who gets the most visitors.

It started when the Joint National Internet Research (JNIR) http://www.enn.ie/frontpage/news-9570292.html released data on 14th December showing Eircom owning the Irish market.

Yahoo said the figures were manipulated.

Personally I'm glad I work in the SEO area and the business model is based on conversions as at the end of the day page impressions, and advertising revenue don't mean a thing to me.

Sales do!

Damn funny read though :)

TIF - the Technology Involved Female - New Study Data

Thread Title: Women Online Have New Tech Attitude, According to Survey Thread Url: http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20041208005541&newsLang=en Thread Description:

Intel have just released findings from a study commisioned from Harris Interactive on american adult womens attitudes to technology.

From the above threadlinked press release:

A new, tech-savvy woman has emerged and Intel calls her "Tif," short for Technology Involved Female. She spans generations and backgrounds, from the young women who have grown up with technology, to women who have been exposed to technology at work, to motivated self-learners. Tif is closing the technology gender gap, with women at the youngest end of the spectrum actually surpassing men in their intent to purchase a laptop. Half of young women say their next computer will be a laptop as compared to 43 percent of men their same age

and some quick figures for you:

58% of women feel as lost as men do (56%) if they dont check email once a day 62% are enthusiastic about learning new features on their PC's (men 66%) Women lead the way with wireless adoption - 39% vs 29% feel it's important Women are less tolerant of poor experiences - they want it to work, and work now.

The survey concludes that women still lag behind men in some areas including confidence in their decision to purchase computers. "According to the survey, men are more likely than women to be confident in their technology purchases," said David Krane, senior vice president of Public Policy and Public Relations Research at Harris Interactive. "It makes sense for companies, such as Intel, to focus on women as a key audience and to create programs that educate them about technology."

Im certain there will be some opinions on this one, Elizabeth Albrycht was less than impressed.

Lap Tops make you infertile

Thread Title: Sperm Count down if you use a laptop Thread Url: http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_1634170,00.html Thread Description:

Picked this up off Google News, they know what our priorities are.

If you really want to make your eyes water, this is how the tests were done

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996777

I think we will be seeing a lot of threads on this today

Technology & Voyeuristic Privacy Invasion

Thread Title: NZ aims to jail 'up skirt' snappers Thread Url: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4076353.stm Thread Description:

The BBC are reporting on the proposed outlawing of "upskirt pics" - It's quite amazing that this kind of invasion of privacy isn't covered already in some more general law but in NZ apparently the photos would have to be proven "objectionable" first...

Under the proposed measures, the making, publishing or distributing of voyeuristic material made without consent will carry a penalty of up to three years in prison.

Knowingly possessing such material without reasonable cause will become an offence carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail.

Carnivores Spyware - Law Suits in Progress

Thread Title: Adware cannibals feast on each other Thread Url: http://news.com.com/Adware+cannibals+feast+on+each+other/2100-1024_3-5482276.html?part=rss&tag=5482276&subj=news.1024.20 Thread Description:

Cnet are roporting on how one spyware company's program deleted millions of a competitors installs that has cost direct revenue, another so dubbed "spyware firm", $10,000 a day.

Good, hope it hurts :)

Ecom: Shopping Cart Conversions - What Matters Most?

Thread Title: Let's talk about shopping cart conversion.. Thread Url: http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/showthread.php?t=3122 Thread Description:

Threadwatch member grnidone kicked off a beautiful discussion on cart abandonment and conversions a few days back, it's now ripe for your enjoyment:

She got the ball rolling with this little nugget:

As far as how we combat it, on one site, we place a cookie so when someone comes back to the site, they are offered a pop up window that tells the person they have something in their cart, and if they finish the purchase, they get 10% off their cart. That has worked well, we have a 13% conversion rate from that pop up alone. I think that could go up if we switch to dhtml to get around the pop up blockers out there.

So, what does matter when it comes to carts?

Google as a Tool to Communicate with Alien Life?

Thread Title: What Do You Say to An Extraterrestrial? Thread Url: http://www.space.com/searchforlife/seti_whattosay_041202.html Thread Description:

Interesting article on Space.com that suggests uploading the Google datacenters to aid extraterrestrials in understanding our language and society - kind of funny, but waaay cool aswell :)

So here’s my take on message construction: Forget about sending mathematical relationships, the value of pi, or the Fibonacci series. Rid your brain of the thought (no doubt borrowed from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind") that aliens are best addressed with musical arpeggios. No, if we want to broadcast a message from Earth, I propose that we just feed the Google servers into the transmitter. Send the aliens the World Wide Web. It would take half a year or less to transmit this in the microwave; using infrared lasers shortens the broadcast time to no more than two days.

The Future of Information Architecture - PDF

Thread Title: Where is IA headed? Thread Url: http://www.digital-web.com/extras/futureia113004.pdf Thread Description:

Christine Woodtke has a cool presentation titled "Where is IA headed?" threadlinked above.

Dont panic, it's all in bite sized little chunks with big writing and pictures! - scared the crap out of me to start but I really enjoyed it :)

It takes a look at all manner of things, kind of like a guided tour of past present and future with short but specific bytes of info on SE's like Clusty and ASK and Google.

Link via DWM

The Slow but Inevitable Death of Email

Thread Title: New Forms of Online Communication Spell End of Email Era in Korea Thread Url: http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200411/200411280034.html Thread Description:

In a study conducted in Korea of over 2000 middle school students it was found that two thirds either rareley used email or did not use it at all.

The webs foremost "killer app" is dying, slowly for sure, but it is dying as a medium of less formal communication.

Korea is the most technologically advanced nation in the world and what the teens and younger adults are doing over there could be taken as a fair indicator as to what we will soon see elsewhere in the world.

The ebbing of email is a phenomenon peculiar to Korea, an IT power. Leading the big change, unprecedented in the world, are our teens and those in their 20's. The perception that "email is an old and formal communication means" is rapidly spreading among them. "I use email when I send messages to elders," said a college student by the name of Park. For 22-year-old office worker Kim, "I use email only for receiving cellphone and credit card invoices."

Sheesh, im getting old, i'm now making my 4th attempt to get my anti-social head around IM and have always found SMS to be the most annoying form of communication existent. Ivana also spotted my first grey hairs last week heh.. link via acv

What do you think?

Stowe Boyd Takes a Swing at the Blogging Affiliates

Thread Title: Robin Good, Marc Canter, and Marqui: Blog Shills Thread Url: http://www.corante.com/getreal/archives/robin_good_marc_canter_and_marqui_blog_shills.php Thread Description:

We talked about this silliness of "product placement" aka affiliate marketing on influential blogs recently.

I said it was a stupid idea then, and i'll say it again now: This is the most ridiculous thing i have seen in quite some time. Words fail me (almost) at the sheer naivety of the farcical nonsense.

Now stowe boyd is taking a swing at it:

That aspect of the Marqui deal is what unnerves me about it. A blogger (notwithstanding the disclosure of the relationship) writes a sentence about Marqui, or other subsidized products, right in the flow of his/her opining about technology, or communication, or whatever, and gets compensated for each click that leads to a sale. This is basically turning blogs into nothing more than those aggregated websites slapped together by affiliate marketing folks. No offense; they may serve a purpose, and people may find them useful to search for various products, but they are not serving the same purpose as blogs. And candidly I believe that they are less worthy of attention.

I dont think this is the first time he's mentioned it but i dont get to read him as much as id sometimes like...

I couldn't think of a more inept and ill thought out marketing ploy for bloggers if i tried. Oddly enough, i picked up the link via marc canters blog - marc is the man behind this scheme.

Sitting at a PC all Day? What kind of Chair you Got?

Thread Title: Ergonomic Chairs Thread Url: http://www.v7n.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15717 Thread Description:

This thread over at v7n has been building since thursday last week and is turning out to be a great resource of information on the ergonomic chair.

I suffer from back pain continously and the logical next step for me is to try one of these babies. Think this isn't important techie stuff? - Wrong! If you aren't protecting your back and your sitting for 16+ hours a day it's a big deal indeed.

So, tell me, what are you sitting on? - links and descriptions welcome :-)

EContent 100 is out - Top 100 Companies in Digital Content

Thread Title: EContent 100 is out - Top 100 Companies in Digital Content Thread Url: http://www.econtentmag.com/EContent100/ Thread Description:

the EC100 list provides a look at the stand-out companies that demonstrate the winning strategies and solutions that define the digital content industry.

Just go check out the search technologies section - makes for good monday morning reading... via paidcontent

Creating Credibility on the Web

Thread Title: Research on corp. branding and home page Thread Url: http://www.cre8asiteforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=18782 Thread Description:

bragadocchio provides an outstanding set of links and commentary on the subject of creating credibility on the web in the context of photographs of real employees vs stock images.

I'm prone to believe that photos that people can believe are the real people behind a site can improve trustworthiness, and the standard stock images of attractive people that many use in their sites don't normally add to a site. It's the real world view of a company that builds trustworthiness and credibility.

And to think i was going to hire a male model to pose as me for this sites about page eh? - Now i guess i'll just stick a pair of underpants on me head and be done with it...

Bookmark this one, it's a cracker!

The Header Here Sucks [Part II]

Thread Title: You don't want to see a 7 year old THAT angry Thread Url: http://www.threadwatch.org/node/147 Thread Description:

Whilst Daughter accepts that the kerning was somewhat radical she has asked me to point out that the aim of it was that the "L" in signal lined up with the "D" in threadwatch.

Original logo http://www.threadwatch.org/node/147#comment-283

New logo http://www.threadwatch.org/images/threadwatch.gif [this is the one that doesn't line up :)]

Bloggers & Affiliate Marketing - They're Calling it "Product Placement"

Thread Title: Marqui product placement ads Thread Url: http://marc.blogs.it/archives/2004/11/marqui_product.html Thread Description:

Mark Canter of Macromedia fame is behind a move to have influential, heavily read blogs use "product placement" to drive leads to Marqui's CMS site <---that'll be $50 please...

On Monday, a squad of around 15 independent bloggers will begin inserting mentions of Marqui's hosted communications management services into their blogs for money.

The bloggers will get $800 a month to mention Marqui with a link once a week in their blogs and post its emblem on a page. They'll get an additional $50 per qualified sales lead they send to Marqui

Affiliates have been raving about whatever it they want to sell for years, what makes this any different apart from the $800 a month basic pay? - Guess the blogosphere doesnt want to get it's hands sullied with affiliate scum! lol...

link via micropersuassion

Web Designers - Clueless about Search Marketing

Thread Title: Lack of knowledge about seo Thread Url: http://forums.seochat.com/t18887/s.html Thread Description:

Why is it that web designers as a group, know sweet FA about search marketing? I have to agree with dazzlindonna at seochat when she says that "95% of all the web designers I've ever met never considered SEO when designing a site".

Astonishing really isn't it?

The OP, mick.sawyer says he spent some time at a business convention where lots of designers were pitching their product at the local businesses for thousands of dollars a pop but all he received everytime he mentioned search engines was blanks stares and incomprehension. LoL! Be thankful dude :-)

EGOL said:

Yep, most websites only make money for the web designer and hosting company. Most web designers that I know think that top rankings are a game of chance.

They think that I am simply freekin lucky. Then there are the biz owners who have their brother-in-law or niece build them a site and they can't understand why it gets crap rankings.

It's quiet out there today ('cept for something about backlinks...? heh..) so go check it out, it's a fun read.

Want to Recruit Affiliates to Sell Your Stuff?

Thread Title: Affiliate Recruiting Thread Url: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=5094 Thread Description:

Digitalpoint members thrash out the options available to merchants when they want to look to affiliates to sell their gear.

Tapanti gets the ball rolling with:

I have a great product that I’ve just started to promote for a client, and I would like to see some opinions on what would be the best and most effective Affiliate Recruiting method or procedure, viewing it from the Merchant perspective.

and some great discussion on the various ways in which this can be done follow. Nice stuff from the dp boys and girls..

Monetizing Feeds: Speculation on RSS Ads Grows

Thread Title: Crossing the Line with Advertising in RSS Feeds? Thread Url: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/003084.html Thread Description:

Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo! talks about the enevitable onslaught of rss ads and how it will effect syndicated content and how it might be dealt with:

I've been thinking about this a lot in the last few months (big surprise, right?). I'm of two minds on the issue.

1. Publishers who depend primarily on advertising to make a living should offer two feeds: a summary-only feed without ads and a full-content feed with ads. That leaves the choice up to the user. 2. I don't want to have to choose between ad-laden full-content feeds and the pain in the ass summary only feeds. Anyone whose ever tried to catch up on their reading while on an airplane or train gets this.

There is already some early buzz about rss ad blocking which i think is an obvious path to take regardless of what form we eventually settle into with rss ads - with that in mind, from a search marketer and publishers point of view i think those of us that welcome the idea of another way to generate revenue for our sites will have to get smart.

Jeremy suggests that publishers provide 2 feeds, a summary feed that's ad free and a full content feed that has ads, though he acknowledges that it's unlikely to be adopted by the majority. I think text ads (untraceables) will prove a winner.

I can imagine monetizing feeds by linking content like intellitxt does for example. Or by placing leading/trailing ads that are tracked by landing pages that provide no footprint for blockers to target.

Whatever strategies emerge, one thing is clear: Unobtrusive will be key to not getting blocked.

LookSmart Traffic - More Use than Sticking your Head in a Bucket?

Thread Title: Any opinions on LookSmart traffic? Thread Url: http://www.searchguild.com/tpage16849-0.html Thread Description:

Well, is it?

According to the boys and girls over at searchguild no, sticking your head in a bucket would probably bring in more $$$'s

powderboy says:

awall19 experienced exactly the same thing that I just found out the hard way. Luckily it was only $45, but their traffic quality is about as good as putting banner ads for Bible sales on a porn site. Pretty bad!!!

Anyone here having better luck with L$?

What are Yahoo's Plans for RSS?

Thread Title: Yahoo RSS Intentions Are No Secret Thread Url: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/003056.html Thread Description:

Jeremy Zawodny posts in response to a rather silly piece over at WPW - I'd like to use that as an excuse to ask what Yahoo's plans are exactly? - roughly would do in fact...

From the blog post linked above:

As I've said before, we're helping to take RSS mainstream. Not only do we produce hundreds of thousands of RSS feeds, we've given literally millions of users access to syndicated content via My Yahoo. And we're not stopping there.

Im very keen on RSS as some know, and Y!'s efforts so far are pretty impressive I think. We mentioned yahoo being serious about RSS and i've played with their RSS feeds from Yahoo advanced news searches but although Jeremy says their intentions are clear, there only really clear that they have intentions right? heh....

So come on Y! - What are you planning?

I'd love to see Yahoo contextual ads for RSS feeds for example, perhaps some kind of Y! aggregator, i'd like a special page like bloglines for my feeds (the my yahoo stuff leaves a lot to be desired)

So goddamit! tell us all about it...

What RSS Services/Products would You Like to See?