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July 30, 2007

Jim Lanzone, Michael Gray & Cookies. Oh, My!

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Hey, everyone. Hope you guys had a good weekend. I did, but then the weekend ended. Now it’s Monday and Susan is back in the office. Judging by the fact that I am still alive, however, it doesn’t look like she read last week’s Friday Recap. Everyone play innocent, okay? [I’m waiting until after we publish the newsletter tomorrow. –Susan]

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Jim Lanzone

Jim Lanzone is featured as today’s Boss in the New York Times profile section. Three things I learned about Jim:

  • The best thing Jim got out of his law degree was his wife, whom he met on the first day of classes at Emory.
  • He got a three-day stay of execution for a death row inmate after finding a loophole in a law.
  • When Jim first got involved with Ask, the stock was selling at 79 cents a share.

Heh, okay so those were just some of my favorite takeaways. You should go read the entire profile both because Jim’s a pretty smart guy and because it serves as a nice warm up for the SES Keynote Recap you’ll be seeing from us in about three weeks.

Would You Pay For Full Feeds?

There’s a small circle of individuals in the SEO community that you really don’t want to upset. Michael Gray is in the center of that circle. You partial feed people are in trouble.

Last week, Michael put partial feed SEO bloggers on notice saying that if they didn’t start offering a full feed option by Aug. 1, he was dropping them from his reader. Ouch. Apparently, Michael doesn’t care about your need to sell advertising, he just wants the goods. He’s not totally unreasonable, however, make full feeds available to him and he’s willing to pay you for your trouble. Hmm.

What say you? Would you pay for a full feeds?

Michael likens it to paying for cable but I’m not sure that’s the best example. Paying for cable allows me to sit on my couch and enjoy fine television program that I would not have been able to view otherwise. We’re talking about three different Lifetime stations! With partial feeds, I still get the content; it’s just more annoying to access.

Personally, I’m not put off enough by partial feeds to volunteer to pay for it. Call me cheap, poor or indifferent, I don’t really care. I’m more interested in your opinion. Are full feeds important enough to you that you’d pony up a few bucks?

(Oh, and Michael, I’d like to remind you that Bruce Clay DOES have a full feed option in case you haven’t been reading it. Don’t drop us. )

Fun Finds

The Guardian names the top 10 dotcoms to watch and I can honestly say that I have never heard of any of them. :) [I’ve heard of Moo. That’s it.–Susan]

WebProNews pointed to an amusing InsightExpress study that found while 60 percent of users thought they were savvy enough to delete their cookies, only 28 percent actually are. Heh. I heart dumb people.

Ten automakers have banded together to create an operating system for automotive electronics. I don’t know why but I found that kind of cute. Ignore me.

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One response to “Jim Lanzone, Michael Gray & Cookies. Oh, My!”

  1. Hawaii SEO writes:

    Thanks! – I just unsubscribed from the partial feed and subscribed to the full feed. (I always hated that partial feed)

    Why not advertise in the feed?



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