Archives for October 2005

Apply for MSN AdCenter Pilot

From MSN Search’s WebLog:

“If you know a business-owner who would be interested in advertising their business on MSN Search, please forward this email to them and encourage them to apply to participate in the US Pilot by completing our online registration form at”

Tags: MSN AdCenter, , AdCenter Pilot

Dead in the water

Most times when I have computer problems or when internet goes down, it’s like being dead in the water. Like yesterday the motherboard on my Dell Inspirion 5150 started to go wacky, intermittently causing the screen to go black, requiring a reboot each time until I get a replacement. Then today our internet was down for about 5 hours. All I needed next was for the phone system to go on the blink.

So what happened? A ton of new business inquiries, a speaking engagement, interviews with Inc Magazine and US News & World Report and we signed a new client. Not so dead in the water after all. I did miss eComXpo though, but I can blog about that next week since they provide access for 90 days.

National Arbitration Forum Rules in Favor of Yahoo

The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of Yahoo! regarding the rights to 54 Internet domain names, including,, and, among others. This is the latest in a series of claims that Yahoo! has won in defending its brand and name.

Yahoo’s law firm filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on August 5, 2005. via National Abritration Forum blog.

Tags: Yahoo, National Arbitration Forum, Domain Disputes

Blogs and Public Relations

Pitching bloggers and journalists directly is often times hit or miss unless you have a long term relationship. Even so, here are some good guidelines for pitching blogs to follow.

There’s a good Media Relations with Bloggers article from Media Metamorphosis that presents some alternative ways of reaching bloggers and journalists. The just of it is, find out what blogs the journalist reads and using a combination of relevant comments and trackbacks, gain visibility and start a conversation.

One interesting tool for discovering what blogs/sites your intended audience reads is Rollyo, a service that allows you to build your own search engine of sites you want to track.

Open Content Alliance

Yahoo Search Blog posts that Yahoo has partnered with several public and private organizations inclusing Adobe, Internet Archive and University of California to create the Open Content Alliance.

“the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content.”

In light of the controversy over Google print regarding copyright, the press release announcing the Open Content Alliance addresses copyright concerns:

“In order to respect the rights of copyright holders, content under copyright will be made available through the OCA only with the copyright holders authorization.”

There’s a good overview at ResearchBuzz where it’s suggested that Google Print and the Open Content Alliance could exist as compliments to each other rather than as competitors.

GoogleNet Plans for San Francisco

Google is one of several companies including Earthlink that have responded to a RFP asking for free Wi Fi access in San Francisco. Google has been testing Wi Fi in certain spots in San Francisco and New York this year. If accepted, the program would be supported by Google ads. Despite the attraction of free 300 kilobits per second, there have been some concerns regarding privacy. Lots of buzz on this over the weekend.

Tags: Google, Wi Fi, San Francisco

RustyBrick uses to Ask Girlfriend to Marry Him

Happy news from Search Engine Roundtable: Barry proposes to his girlfriend Yisha using Ask Jeeves.

“I proposed via Ask Jeeves. I brought Yisha to my office, ask her to search on her name. While she was doing that I kneeled behind her with the ring and flowers. She typed in her name into Ask Jeeves, full name, and up came a special Smart Answer (thanks to Jim Lanzone and team) with the proposal.”

You know you’re a search geek when you propose using a search engine! Congratulations Barry and Yisha.