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Share Your Google Reader List

Google Reader has a new feature: You can share your starred items, or any label, with others, or you can show them in a widget on your blog. For example, here you can see Jason Shellen’s tech list. As for the widget, you can customize the colors, title and number of items. Sounds good to me, although I prefer Findory’s widgets as being more interesting.
(via RadioactiveYak and Download Squad)

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March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Reader, Products, General | no comments

Price Per Click Up 25% Last Year

Marketing Sherpa released a report that showed the average cost-per-click rose 24.8% in 2005, from $1.29 to $1.61 on Google AdWords. Yahoo’s CPC jumped 30%, from $1.03 to $1.34. Shopping search engines saw an even better boost, going from $1.87 to $2.56, a 36.9% increase. Looks like a good year for all.

Who thinks this year will be a good one too, but not as good?
(via Search Engine Guide)

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March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | PPC, Yahoo, AdWords, Advertising, General | 3 comments

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Uh, A Fight That Needs To Be Fought?

There are lots of things to stand up for, but I’m not sure enough people care about this one.

A tipster says:

Don’t know if this is up your alley but interesting idea. Looks like someone is trying to get Google to do 1099s electronically and have set up an online petition… Freak.

Basically, he wants you to sign a petition for Google AdSense to send out its 1099 forms in electronic form as a file that can be imported into Taxcut. Yeah, you keep fighting for that! Its real important.

I’m going to go back to reading the paper.

Iraq war… trade deficit… outsourcing… national debt… failing school system… child rapists… failing foster homes… ATM roberries… Zacarias Moussaoui…

Damn, its hard to read the newspaper. I keep getting distracted by that 1099 issue.

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March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | AdSense, Advertising, General | 2 comments

Girl Puts Skin Up For Rent

On the 4th of April 2006, Eef Dries celebrates her 19th birthday. Eef’s brother is Kris Dries, also known as the man who got the attention of national newspapers and television stations by putting the foreheads of his friends for rent on eBay.

But this time it’s different: Eef (Flemish for ‘Eve’) has decided to turn her body into a walking, talking billboard. In order to finance her birthday party, he (the brother) will put up her skin pores to the highest bidder.


You can rent a square of pores to cover it with your ad. One square of pores measures five by five centimeters. Each time you bid 25 euros, you’ll get an extra piece of pores.

For example: you bid 500 euros. If you separate this number by 25, you get 20 pieces. The more you rent, the bigger your advertisement (and the more it can be seen by guests).

Where will my advertisement be visible?
Eef decides on which part(s) of the body your ad will be visible – according to availability of this body part, of course. First come, first served!

How much does one piece of pores costs?
One piece of pores costs 25 euros. The more you rent, the bigger your advertisement.

How will I get my advertisement on the body of Eef?
A professional bodypainter will do that for you, at the actual night of the party, in the presence of the her guests.

Check it out on eBay | via Bnox | Cross-posted on Marketing Thoughts

March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Coolz0r | Controversy, Culture, General | 3 comments

Pebble Power!

Yesterday, three important things arrived. The first was my first free issue of Wired, with Will Wright as guest editor. The second was a much-needed 300 gigabyte hard drive. You’d think nothing could top that…

So, who’s got a great memory? Anybody remember that I made an order from Google Base a few weeks ago, partly in order to see how the process goes, and partly to see if it netted me a free t-shirt? Do you remember what I ordered?

Well, lets takes a look at this new screenshot/picture gallery I’ve uploaded to Flickr. For the screenshots, click on the image to see a larger version.

Here’s Google Purchases order history page:

1 - Purchase History

Here’s the order summary page:

2 - Order Summary

Once your item has been shipped, you can leave feedback for the seller. Look at how happy I am!

3 - Review Seller

Afterwards, you can review any feedback you previously left.

4 - Review History

Now, onto the photos:

Here’s the item, resting on its UPS envelope and order slip:

5 - Package and Rock

Notice that they didn’t even bother to send a proper receipt in the package! Just a strip of paper that reads:

Purchased from Google Base - pet pebble. Order #**********

How am I supposed to declare my wonderful $1.15 pet pebble on my taxes (as the business expense it clearly is) without a proper printed receipt? Where’s my certificate of authenticity? How do I know this pebble came from the Googleplex itself, and not some regular rock garden?

Here’s the li’l rock by itself:

6 - Yes, its a rock

And here you can see that it is slightly larger than the Google Base logo:

7 - Twice as big as the Base logo

But hopefully you get an idea of its size by seeing it in my relatively normal palm (as opposed to my other palm, which is anything but normal, or my Palm, which could get scratched):

8 - Rock in my hand

And finally, my Google Base pebble, in all its glory:

9 - Whoo, hurray for the rock

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March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Base, Services, Humor, General | 3 comments

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March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | AdSense, Advertising, General | no comments

Riya Photo Search

Gert told me Riya is open for signups. Riya will be unstable, s..l..o..w, buggy, inaccurate, and could lose some (or all) of your tags. It may also be unavailable from time to time and may slow down your machine while uploading your photos (they recommend you upload overnight). Riya is in beta phase, which means that they are all about learning from you to get better. Riya needs you to give them loads of feedback and give it often so they can improve over time. Riya is a Photo search engine that is best used on Personal photos of friends and family, not on public pictures you got from the internet somewhere.


Warning: Riya will only work if you

• Have high resolution JPEG’s with date and time from your camera
• Use digital photos of your family and friends not celebrity or web images
• Have many photos of the most common people in your photoset
• Don’t give it scanned photos, photos with bad lighting, or profile shots of faces
• They recommend you upload at least 1000 photos w/ full albums

Riya will take about a day to upload 4000 photos.


  • 512 MB RAM
  • Windows XP (Home/Professional/Media Center)
  • Administrator Privileges
  • Broadband Connection
  • Pentium 4/Athlon/Centrino
  • Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox 1.0.5+

Learn more about Riya
Read the Riya Blog

Use the backdoor signup and skip the invite-only. | Also on Marketing Thoughts

March 22nd, 2006 Posted by Coolz0r | Tools, General | one comment