Get this tool for switching people from IE to Firefox. For each person you switch, Google gives you $1, Microsoft loses marketshare, and an angel gets its wings. (...)They want to help bloggers et al. to earn a lot of these 1 dollars. To achieve this they offer a simple java script code that discovers site visitors using the IE and sets up a speed bump for them...
.These little reminders come in three flavors: "Gentle Encouragement", "Semi-serious" and finally "Dead serious", which locks out IE user for good. Not sure how many people will actually use these scripts. But money is always a good motivator, I guess. I wanted to try it. But I couldn't find the Firefox program on the German Adsense site, so perhaps this program is US only !? Too bad ! Btw, talking about killing MSIE, here is another new anti explorer site with a nice viral touch...Digg.com)
The Web is the new operating system. And, in software, the more people who build on top of your platform, the more influential and indispensable your technology becomes. Once you've established dominance, you can figure out how to use your platform to make money. If local ads become the next large growth market in search, wouldn't maps be a great place to show them? Google's AdSense places text ads on other websites; the same thing could be done with maps. The company could call it MapSense.Link: Article from Business 2.0
I doubt Google is building what everyone is thinking they are building. Here's what I'm hearing: don't look for them to build a building. Look for them to build bricks. Once they have a bunch of bricks, then they'll look to put those bricks together in an interesting way. If you are thinking they are building a building, like a house, then you'll be frustrated with their "strategy." If you are, though, like me, and are watching them build bricks and other construction pieces, then you can really see their strategy (or, lack of strategy) evolve.I couldn't agree more. And until now every little brick looks pretty nice ! Btw, what's up with these pageranks going AWOL ?
Lycos believes the program will eventually hurt spammers. 'Spamvirtised' sites typically don't sell advertising, so they have to pay for bandwidth. Therefore more requests means higher bills, Lycos argues. A spokesman for Lycos in Germany told The Register he believed that the tool could generate 3.4MB in traffic on a daily basis. When 10m screensavers are downloaded and used, the numbers quickly add up, to 33TB of 'useless' IP traffic.Interesting idea. But let's hope it doesn't backfire, when all the useless traffic starts clogging up the internet... (via adland) Update (03.12.2004)- Well, it did backfire: Freeze on anti-spam campaign
Yahoo! Search Blog - A look inside the world of search from the people of Yahoo!It's a real, 100% MovableType Blog - even with comments and trackbacks ! Jeremy Zawodny provides some background info on the project. It will be quite interesting to see if Yahoo is able to use this weblog as an effective tool for corporate communications - while their Google counterpart still looks a little bit dull and empty...
"Rendezvous is an open, standards-based networking technology that automatically connects electronic devices on a network, allowing them to interoperate seamlessly without any user configuration. It simplifies traditional networking activities like file sharing and printing. It also enables innovative solutions such as music playlist sharing with iTunes and automatic buddy discovery with iChat AV—just two examples of the exciting new ways for devices to communicate with one another. (...)"I always thought it was great concept. But I had my doubts about how useful it will be, because where I work, I usually am the only Mac user around. But Blogtalk was different. It was full of Macs! I realized that right on the first day when more than a dozen previously unknown fellow Mac users suddenly showed up in my iChat Window. Using the WLAN, Rendezvous had automatically scanned the Blogtalk venue for other Macs and after a few seconds I was able to see everyone in the hall, who also used iChat - most of them with their names and pictures! Clearly a killer app at any conference, where you don't know most of the people. But that was just the start! The system had also created some kind of instant peer-to-peer-network between every Mac, which we could then use as an infrastructure for collaboration during the whole conference. We used for example...
- iChat to say hi to fellow attendees.
- iPhoto to share pictures taken during Blogtalk in realtime.
- SubEthaEdit to take notes - with ten people working together on a single document!