Author Archive for: ‘Peter Da Vanzo’

Threadwatch More Popular Than Mahalo

Here is an interesting Alexa graph. The green line near the bottom is, a site that is officially closed, however it receives more traffic than, represented by the blue line, which appears to have taken a nose-dive into the baseline. The red line at the top is DMOZ. To be fair, Mahalo has only just left the starting …

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Google Will Crumble?

Article in Forbes entitled: “If Trust Is Lost, Google Will Crumble“. The article reasons that Google’s business model is built on trust. If users’ perception of the company changes, its business perspectives and profits will come under threat. “Google’s rise owes much to its engineering prowess (the capacity of its PageRank algorithm to deliver the pages users want), but also …

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Yahoo Smart Ads

Yahoo has just launched a service called Smart Ads. Smart Ads is an ad unit that uses behavioral, demographic and geographic targeting capabilities to create ads from submitted elements based on the user. “For example, if a user is browsing for hybrid cars in Yahoo! Autos and has selected San Francisco as their default location in Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo!’s SmartAds …

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Marissa Mayer: “We Pay You $100 Grand”

100 grand is always nice. Marrissa explains how, and annouces some other stuff, at the Searchnomics Conference today.  “Google Gadget Ventures is a new Google pilot program dedicated to helping developers create richer, more useful Google Gadgets. Inspired by the success of iGoogle, which has been driven by the creation by 3rd-party developers of a broad range of gadgets, Gadget …

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The Lost Voice

Fookin’ Threadwatch is closing. That’s a shame. We need more edgy voices that aren’t beholden to advertisers. When the blogshere started, it was all edgy. Why? There was no money in it, so it might as well be fun. Actually, there’s still no money in it, unless a blog takes the shape of conventional old-media, or pimps something. Not that …

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