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.
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.
I interviewed the StumbleUpon team today. I hadn’t used it before today (sorry, I can’t try every cool thing that comes through my Link Blog).
But it rocks. It brings you cool Web sites that other people have rated. The service is very hot (about 1.5 million users already). Whew.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Fun little exercise over on CNN/Money. Get a bunch of VCs, ask them what they are looking for (Steve Krausz, who was one of the funders of PodTech, is there asking for a new kind of video matchmaking site), and see if anyone can put together a business plan to get funded. Email addresses of VC’s provided.
Homework project — compare:
My Link Blog
With CNET’s News.com, which used to be my favorite tech news site.
Now, read Paul Kedrosky’s post about CNET’s “mounting challenges.”
To me, what’s wrong with CNET is easy to see. There’s a lot more than “mounting challenges” — there’s a mountain of competition that they haven’t reacted to yet.