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Ad networks are hot!
Google grabs DoubleClick. Yahoo! buys the rest of Right Media it doesn’t already own. Now the NY Post is reporting that Microsoft’s trying to buy 24/7 Media. What’s interesting about the article is that it says ad firm WPP may also be a buyer.
Who’s left? Will Ask go for aQuantive?
OK so it’s May 1 and that means blogs around the globe are changing their look, thanks to CSS Reboot. I didn’t change anything on bobpage.net, but the CSS Reboot site has lots of eye candy if you want ideas.
Speaking of booting, tonight it’s all about whether or not the puck was really over the goal line.
A different video review result may have made a big change in the series, but hey, inconclusive means no change from the on-ice call. This “controversy” (the sports shows need something to talk about) follows a different Rangers-Sabres video review that everyone was talking about yesterday, where an apparent goal by Marcel Hossa was disallowed due to a distinct kicking motion. (I watched the play over and over, and to me it was not a goal — just recently the Sharks had a goal disallowed for the same reason, and it was even less obvious in the Sharks’ case.)
I’m fine with the video review system, and I don’t care how long it takes. And yeah, the officials really do seem to be off their game in the last couple of weeks. But to get whiny about it is missing the point — you should not be relying on officiating to win.
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Perhaps “My Google” was a bit too cheeky – so they called it iGoogle. OK. And good luck with that. They have fans.
How strange then, when G changed its branding without notice, confused users turned to Yahoo Answers.
I heard about this at work yesterday but hadn’t looked at it until this morning.
Yahoo! home page:
The beta version of AOL’s home page:
Classic. The AOL designers must be proud!
Two years ago, sitting in the airplane after attending Emetrics 05 Santa Barbara (and having to leave early), I penned a letter to organizer Jim Sterne, asking him if he’d bring up some issues around web data privacy at the first Web Analytics Association general meeting. Turns out he didn’t get my email until after the meeting, but it resonated with him and he circulated it within the WAA.
Nothing came of that initial email, but Jim didn’t forget it. A year ago, he asked if I’d be interested in a speaking slot at Emetrics ’06 Santa Barbara to talk about web privacy issues, which I gladly accepted. Not only did Jim invite me to speak, he put me on first – presumably in order to help set the tone for the summit. I got a good reception, but again, nothing really came of it.
This year I’ll be at Emetrics 07 San Francisco, and while I’m not speaking, I still think the issue deserves consideration. In fact, I think it’s more front and center than ever, with items such as Google’s recent announcement that they’ll be anonymizing their search logs after 18-24 months.
Against this backdrop, and in the spirit of keeping this alive, here’s the original email I sent to Jim, verbatim:
I boiled the essence of this letter into a PowerPoint presentation that I used at Emetrics last year. The presentation is purposefully without any fancy design in order that the message be front and center. You have my permission to do what you want with it. During the Q & A after the talk, I said I could imagine a cataclysmic event that would set into motion things like congressional hearings on data privacy. I referred to it as the Chernobyl of Data. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened, and of course I hope it doesn’t. But I continue to be concerned about a head-in-the-sand mentality within the web analytics community, and what it will ultimately mean once the hammer comes down – in any form.
I’m interested in your thoughts. Is it time to join together as an industry to tackle this?
I’ll get excited about these “people delete cookies” stories when somebody comes up with a better method to track ANONYMOUS visitors. Heck, I’ll even get excited if WA vendors come up with “cookie deletion metrics calculators” that automatically measure and compensate the reported numbers. (Don’t get me started on panels.)
True, from an advertising perspective, sure you can’t accurately determine reach and frequency. Unlike the precision you get offline … oh wait.
Once Upon A Time, I left the web analytics field for a brief respite. While I was away, a new competitor emerged, and everyone was talking about them, and I had to go figure out what made them so special.
Once Upon A Year Ago (or so), I stopped reading web analytics blogs. Now I return to find all these whippersnappers — people who actually Analyze Web Sites, not just write software that does analysis! Here, according to Technorati, are the number of blog postings in the last year that contain the phrase “web analytics”:
Looks like I have some blogrolling to do.
Well, it’s hockey playoff season, so that means it’s time to resurface the blog.
OK, that doesn’t make any sense, but I wanted to say something about hockey, so there you go.
Yes, I really am resurfacing the blog– upgraded the software and put in a fresh coat of paint. I intend to consolidate a few old blogs and assorted posts from the past; there’s a pile of stuff from Ye Olden Days that will eventually make its way here.
While I’m not a fan of revisionist blogging, I’ve cleaned up some of the old posts (broken links) and deleted a few posts that made no sense – e.g. they were too time-based to be of even token value now.
The New and Improved site is being watched by Google, because I’m sending web bugs beacons back to Google Analytics. I’m also publishing the feed through Feedburner, which provides its own set of (rather weak) stats.
For you RSS readers, no big changes, except that the whole feed got refreshed with the software changes. Oops.
So what’s the story? Simple. I got crazy busy, and blogging fell below the line. Not just writing — reading did too. Months ago, a colleague mentioned that he’s more interesting when he reads blogs. I’ve started reading again, but if there’s a correlation between amount of reading and interestingness, I’m still not very interesting. But since being interesting has never stopped me from blogging, I say Game On!
Apple delays Leopard in order to ship the iPhone in June. Too many products, not enough engineers.