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One Mile Website A Viral Experiment in Bad Usability

Following in the footsteps of the Million Dollar Home Page someone is now creating The one mile website. Basically after collecting 32,000 signatures the page will be 1 mile wide (that's side scrolling). There's no cash or advertising involved (yet) but I could also see this turning into the one mile of spamed email addresses as you are required to give one to put your signature up. I'm there at number 589.

Rumor: Valueclick May Sell CJ

Via Marketingvox comes news that Beth Kirsch believes CJ may be up for sale:

Murdoch Pissed at Google?

The WSJ published an article highlighting that the Google / News Corp. relationship is a bit rocky after the YouTube purchase.

ShoeMoney The New King Of Link Baiting ?

I saw on ShoeMoney a post this morning about Marc Cuban Where Shoe attempt to call out Marc by saying the only thing he has ever done was sell a domain name to yahoo.

Rumor: Google Cancels Click to Call (or Their Blog was Hacked)

After recently touting internet security, the Official Google Blog today posted (then quickly retracted) that they were canceling click to call.

MSN Adcenter - Cross Browser Testing What's That?

I go to log into my accounts to check my daily stats this morning and when I get to MSN adcenter I get the the blue screen of nothingness

AOL Sued Over Search Queries

AOL has been sued by three members over their sloppy data leak:

Three AOL subscribers who suddenly found records of their Internet searches widely distributed online are suing the company under privacy laws and are seeking an end to its retention of search-related data.

How to Google for Pirated Music

If there's one thing we all know about searchers it's that they are lazy and unmotivated, unless of course they are looking for porn or how to get something free. Via Digg comes this very well crafted complex search to help you find "free" music ...

One Login to Rule Them All and in the Googleplex Bind Them

I just got an email from Google/Writely letting me know I'm going to need to sign in using my universal data identity ... err Google Account information if I want to use writely in a few days. I don't see it published anywhere yet I can point to.

What Paris Hilton Can Teach You About Social Media and Link Building 2.0

In what's got to be one of the funnier but true assessments of viral link building in a social media web2.0 world Why Paris Hilton Is Famous

Google Hand Tweaking Istockphoto Search Results?

Not sure what happens that makes Google decide to remind people of their own website when people search for other brands, but when I search for Istockphoto the top of Google's SERPs say "Tip: Looking for pictures? Try Google Images".

GOOGLE PHILANTRHOPY FOR-PROFIT

GOOGLE'S PHILANTRHOPY TAKES DIFFERENT TACK: A FOR-PROFIT... MORE... Founders of GOOGLE have set up philanthropy, giving it seed money of $1 billion and mandate to tackle poverty, global warming, NYT and others will report on Thursday. But unlike most charities, this one will be for-profit, allowing it to fund startup companies, form partnerships with venture capitalists, and even lobby Congress... Developing...

Adsense Banned over Critical Cartoon

Just caught this over at Digg..

It's a bit scary when you have a decent level of income from Google and see someone else have their account canned at the drop of a hat. Seems that this happened just after his SEO cartoon made the frontpage here at ThreadWatch..

MySpace The Sordid Tale of Lies and Spam

It's either going to pop the bubble on social sites like MySpace or turn into one heck of a lawsuit, but according to Trent Lapinski who will be publishing on ValleyWag, MySpace ain't all it's cracked up to be.

Social Media Sabotage, Did Motorola Get Caught with Dirty Hands

According to reports the short video shown on YouTube last week showing the new Samsung Ultra Mobile cell phone snapping in half was owned by rival telecommunications giant Motorola.

the mother of all link baits?

Or is this a suicidal nut? http://www.waxy.org/archive/2006/09/08/sex_bait.shtml

[Jason Fortuny] took the text and photo from a sexually explicit ad (warning: not safe for work) in another area, reposted it to Craigslist Seattle, and waited for the responses to roll in. Like Simon's experiment, the response was immediate. He wrote, "178 responses, with 145 photos of men in various states of undress. Responses include full e-mail addresses (both personal and business addresses), names, and in some cases IM screen names and telephone numbers."

Bruce Clay Uses Link Condom on WebGuerilla

What's the SEO Blogosphere coming to when SEO bloggers are afraid to link to each other?

is it an exploit or not ...after all if it walks like etc..

Firstly ..Hi ( missed the usual intro threads ..sorry ;-) .. Secondly ..looking for opinions ..;) Following the recent experiences of many with some adjusted adsense js code ( supplied by Google ) attempts at triggering downloads of quicktime player updates and acrobat reader etc updates etc in IE 6 and 7 via such gems as ...

AOL Weblogs Accused of Spamming Digg

Over on Digg there's a big bru-haha brewing over the acusations that AOL/Weblogs is being accused of self-spamming Digg. There's some data here, and also a link to an alleged shill account that bookmarked over 500 items in 24 hours.

ET Uses Firefox

A strange and mysterious crop circle has appeared in the shape of the firefox logo, so has ET joined the switch to Firefox? Full Story (Pic after the jump)