Arrange 100 characters into the highest-scoring tweet of the day to win your box of Scrabble Trickster with this brilliant Belgian Twitter Scrabble promotion. Alas, only in Dutch.
- via Digital Buzz Blog
Four years ago, I noticed that Google was indexing AdSense ads as if it were content on the host pages. I thought I'd check to see if they were still doing it. The reason I care is that, for Google, indexing ads it serves creates wrong incentives around ordering pages in search results. Here's a hypothetical scenario. "Hey, look, here's a page with just the query you are looking for". The user clicks on the organic search result and then clicks on the AdSense ad. (My own experience with site analytics has shown that organic search visitors are the best AdSense clickers.) Ka-Ching! Google is a dollar richer.
A new puppet show in Russia shows Vladimir Putin fighting the loss of his penis, according to this Reuters story that was accompanied by a I Can't Believe It's Viagra banner.
Cats can has cheezburger, but dogs are getting their own TV programming.
San Diego dogs subscribed to Cox or Time Warner now have their own 24/7 TV channel called DogTV, soon to roll out nationwide. "DOGTV offers scientifically designed content for dogs of all ages, and all breeds. If your dogs can hear or see, then DOGTV is right for them. DOGTV is working hard to produce fresh content all the time, so your dog will always get new, exciting visual and auditory stimulations."
DogTV will make money through monthly subscriptions, although dogs look like a promising advertising audience. According to the site, "nearly half of those surveyed had dogs that showed some interest in what was happening on the television screen." Which is more that can be said about most people. Besides, dogs are also afraid of remote controls.
For the busy dogs on the go, DOGTV also offers a YouTube channel and a Twitter feed.