Posts from October 2002

Google me: David Weinberger has

Google me
: David Weinberger has a very good idea: Google for people. (Well, it’s a good idea so long as spammers don’t use it to target their crap.)

Damn: One of my very

Damn
: One of my very favorite weblogs, HolyWeblog, is begging for mercy and threatening to blog just a day or two a week. I pray for more.

Shopping as a good deed:

Shopping as a good deed
: So I was talking with Nick Denton about the Amazon links on his creation, Gizmodo. I told him that when I want to buy from Amazon, I thought I should go to Gizmodo and click on one of its many Amazon links to specific products and then search for what I want to buy and when I buy it, Gizmodo would get a cut. But that’s way too complicated. So I haven’t done it.

I was about to ask whether he could create a simple button or link on Gizmodo that I could click on that would take me to the home page of Amazon and let me shop away while still giving him a cut. But before I could ask, he said, “brilliant!” — it’s the kind of thing Brits say — and he was suggesting precisely what I was going to ask for.

And we agreed that this is even better than — or at least more dignified than — tip jars or other forms of begging.

I’m telling you all this because (a) it’s a good idea and (b) Nick now has the link up on Gizmodo.

So…

The next time you’re itching to shop, first just go to Gizmodo and click on Support Gizmodo – Buy From Amazon and when you do, Gizmodo will get a cut.

You can also add this link to your site and Gizmodo will benefit.

It costs you nothing and you support a good site.

Ain’t capitalism grand?

Crying over spilt creme fraiche:

Crying over spilt creme fraiche
: Unlike Matt Welch, I’m not crying over the fate of the International Herald Tribune now that the Times has forced the Washington Post to sell out its share of the paper.

In its time, the IHT was a fine and wonderful enterprise and a most welcome product for travelers and expats.

But times change. We have worldwide printing now. We have the Internet, ferchrissake. I can read great papers from all around the world; just yesterday, I was lucky enough to meet the editor of the Guardian and could tell him how much I like his paper because I get to read it every day, right here, on the Web. And we now have weblogs noting the noteworthy from many papers.

The IHT was an anachronism before its time.

Many years ago, I flirted with going to work at the IHT (young man, single, Paris, oui!). They were nice people, smart people. But what I discovered was that it was a paper of copy editors and copy editors must copy edit. So they edited stories that had already been edited just because they were there. They wasted their time (and their owners’ money) doing such silly things as inserting middle initials into all the names in the paper just because that was IHT style.

Times change and so it is time for a change.

If I were running a top newspaper in any nation in the world, I’d take advantage of the gravy international readership I can now get online — which is otherwise worthless to my local advertisers — by selling international online sponsorships (to travel, finance, and luxury branded advertisers). It’s easy to separate local readers from international readers and thus it’s easy to give them targeted advertising.

Or I’d start a weblog that points to the best of the best all these papers — from the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden… — and right there, I’d deliver more than the IHT can afford to deliver on its few pages.

It’s called progress. Sometimes, progress hurts.

: The NY Observer on the Times strategy:

According to the source, plans for The Times

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Super CV
: The best resume I’ve ever seen. [via Buzz]