Archives for November 2006

Today’s the last day to win Dragon Naturally Speaking

If you haven’t signed up for the Dragon Naturally Speaking giveaway yet, go over and do it now!  Today is the last day that submissions will be accepted and the code will be removed on Friday morning so, sign up and maybe you can win one of the two copies that Nuance is giving away to Thatedeguy readers!

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Virality or the first thing I’ve liked about Netscape

Ok, Virality isn’t technically a word.  But someone started using it(Seth Godin?) some time ago and now it seems to have stuck.

Enough of that, on to the meat of this story.  Ever since Jason Calacanis revamped Netscape.com, I’ve used it sparingly and haven’t really ever taken a liking to it.  Today, however, I’ve finally found something that I like about the new Netscape.

It promotes Virality better than Digg.  In my case, a submitted story about UFO’s in rural North Dakota that got some minimal traffic when posted but fizzled out shortly thereafter.  Today, however, someone posted a story with a video entitled “UFO’s do they exist?”  That submission doesn’t point to my site in any way.  And it went big, with over 60 “votes.” So how does that have anything to do with me and my Ufo story?

Netscape RelatedWell, when you look at a story on Netscape, there is a list of Related Netscape Stories.  And just below this story with over 60 votes sits my little rinky dink story.  And even though my story hasn’t gained any further votes, it has received double my normal traffic for the whole blog.  Double.  Talk about your long tail!

So, thanks Netscape for adding to the Virality of stories.

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TechMeme Sponsors now inline

TechmemesponsorIt seems that the traffic wasn’t good enough in the right sidebar of TechMeme for some of the sponsors. Either that or Gabe decided to squeeze a little bit more revenue out of one or two of them. Either way, sponsored posts have reared their heads in the main stream of the TechMeme home page.

I don’t know that I really can say much about it other than at least they are clearly marked. For some reason, I had thought that Gabe had said that they wouldn’t show up in the main stream, but upon further review, he didn’t. Or at least not directly. What he did say was:

There’s a new area on the right side of Techmeme labelled “Techmeme Sponsor Posts”. It shows the latest blog posts from three companies who have chosen to sponsor Techmeme for the next 30 days.

It’s the “new area on the right side of Techmeme” that got me thinking that he had said they wouldn’t show up in the main stream. But obviously, he didn’t exclude them, but merely pointed out where they first showed up. Or maybe that is what it meant, but money or complaining sponsors had their say otherwise?

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Win Dragon Naturally Speaking 9

The folks at Nuance have oh so generously asked me to host a contest/giveaway for two copies of Dragon Naturally Speaking 9!

So, what do you have to do? Well, if everything goes according to plan, you should see a flash box below. Answer the questions in the box and you’ll get an entry into the giveaway. Keep it to one entry per person. The giveaway/contest runs for 4 days, so make sure to get your entries in by Thursday. We’ll announce the winners here at the end of the week.

Not sure what Dragon Naturally Speaking is?

With Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard you can talk to your computer and watch words quickly appear in documents, e-mails, instant messages and even surf the web simply by speaking! It’s amazingly accurate – up to 99% – and really easy to use. There’s no script reading or “voice training” required, so you can get started dictating right away. Perfect for the whole family – busy parents, kids just learning to type, and even grandparents!

Enter today!

Update: The contest ended at Midnight November 30th.  Thanks for your participation!

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