Sites shouldn’t be forced into taking advertising

I agree with Chuq Von Rospach. Sites shouldn’t be forced to take advertising, even to give that money to a charity.

I don’t take advertising here, well, except if you count my Amazon link and my occassional mentioning of Seagate, which sponsors my video show.

Anyway, there’s a cost to advertising in clutter, in extra bits that the infrastructure needs to push out, and in reduced quality of experiences for users.

And, it’s a smart piece of business on the part of Craig’s List to try to be different. You get audiences that way. There’s other ways to make money from audiences than just putting a few ads on your site.

I’m very loyal to Craig’s List, cause he got me my job at NEC, which led to getting a job at Microsoft.

First girlfriend finds me through Google

OK, this is weird. So I was in the Mercury News today and my first girlfriend from back at Prospect High School says she read that, wondered if I was the guy she hung around in High School, Googled me, confirmed that I was the Robert Scoble she remembered, and wrote me.

I haven’t seen her since 1983.

Even better, she’s director of marketing at a tech company.

Thanks to Mike Cassidy and Google. What a weird world we live in.

Microsoft shindig on now…

Ahh, lots of bloggers got invited to an all-expenses-paid shindig of some kind up at Microsoft. How do I know that? Cause Evan Williams posted such on his Twitter account.

Rael Dornfest, Mike Arrington, Molly Holtzschlag, are there, among others. Can we get a complete list?

By the way, our BlogHaus at CES will be open to ANY blogger, not just those “blessed” by Microsoft or some other company. You just need to have me put your name on the list so you can get up to our suite. My email is

For those of you who can’t get an invite to stuff like this (me neither, so don’t worry) maybe you should watch JibJab’s Nuckin’ Futs video. Funny!

More on Le Meltdown…

Wow, just got back, and it gets worse and worse for Loic.

Tom Morris has the best roundup I’ve seen.

Ben Metcalfe, who caused a ruckus at last year’s conference, has the blog comment picture of the year, and suggested that Gnomedex come to London.

Oh, that would be fun!

Me? I’m looking forward to LIFT and Reboot.

Those are two quality European conferences. Reboot is a bit geekier, more developer-focused, and LIFT is more like a Pop!Tech or a TED in terms of trying to get ideas discussed (both are planned by developers, so have a feel and approach that is refreshing).