Godaddy Bug Being Fixed

Earlier i reported what appeared to be a security breach at Godaddy.com.

Since posting I've spoken to Harry Chemin, their chief of security and Barb Rechterman, the Senior VP and they assure me that the problem will be fixed tonight.

What was the problem?

The bug occurs when you order a transfer of a domain - What happens is that the next time you go to order a domain, the last transfer's contact details appear in the system as your own.

In most circumstances this wouldn't cause much issue but if you're ordering a transfer from somebody else, those details appear as yours - this caused me some concern recently and thanksfully, it's being dealt with now.

It's a pity that their customer service didn't handle this in a professional manner - see the other post for details...

Thanks Barb and Harry.

Beware - Godaddy Accounts Being Hacked

Just a General Warning - It appears that Godaddy Accounts are being hacked - mine was hit bad, fortunately I managed to get on the phone and have someone manually do something about it before any damage was done though.

If you Register your Domains with Godaddy - Better Check All is Well

Essentially, i've had somebody elses account details coming up when i go to buy domains - a would be competitor no less - I have no idea if this is isolated to just me of if all accounts are at risk from some inherent security flaw.

This security breach was duplicated by the original agent i spoke to on the phone - so it clearly has nothing to do with me.

When i asked about it, They Put the Phone Down on me

Seems it's hitting a bit of a raw nerve, when i insisted they give me a contact email of a real person that would handle the issue they hung up on me - Way to go Godaddy! - First you put what? Millions of accounts at risk potentially, then you treat the concerned customer this way?

Sheesh...

Time to find a new Registrar i think...

Atomz snapped up by Web Side Story

Thread Title: WebSideStory Announces Agreement to Acquire Atomz Thread Url: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050208/latu129_1.html Thread Description:

Atomz, long time mainstay of the cheapo webmaster have just been bought (or will be) by Web Side Story - Shame, bang goes the freebie site search i guess...

Upon completion of the merger, WebSideStory will combine Atomz's hosted site search and web content management applications with WebSideStory's HBX web analytics service to create the industry's first suite of integrated, on-demand digital marketing applications. WebSideStory's Active Marketing Suite will also include a keyword bid management product, scheduled for release this summer. The Active Marketing Suite will offer a single, shared environment in which businesses can more easily optimize their online performance across multiple marketing channels, while greatly reducing their vendor management costs. The Active Marketing Suite will include:

HBX Analytics -- An award winning, on-demand web analytics service that helps enterprises measure their online marketing initiatives -- from search engine marketing to banner campaigns -- and improve overall web site return on investment Bid -- An on-demand keyword bid management product that will enable marketers to both manage and measure their pay-per-click keyword campaigns Search -- An on-demand web site search application that empowers marketers to guide and influence site visitors and customers in finding the information and products they need Content Manager -- An on-demand web content management solution that puts the power of creating and updating web content in the hands of marketers

The Active Marketing Suite will have an open architecture accessible through WebSideStory's STREAM APIs (application programming interfaces), which will enable further integration of products, services and data from strategic partners and end users.

Cold Calling 101 - A few Tips

Thread Title: i'm Kinda Busy, Can You Send Me An Email? Thread Url: http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2835 Thread Description:

This thread comes by way of Barry who it seems is talking about something entirely different to the actuall thread - pssst, barry, they're talking about cold calling prospects! Muhahahahah.... :-)

Some get it, some dont...

The thread title being "i'm Kinda Busy, Can You Send Me An Email?" some in the thread really don't get it, but a few do - im not gonna pick holes in individual responses but i will give you a few pointers for making cold calls.

Background I spent 10 or 12 years doing fairly hardcore sales in both the financial and advertising industries on all manner of deals ranging in ticket price from $10k to $500,000 but i've also done ittty bitty ones at $1000 or less - in the latter half of those years i trained and managed sales folks - just so you know this is from experience rather than opinion...

3 Important Donts for Cold Calling

Here's 3 grade A no-no's when cold calling a prospect - complete with the right way to do it of course..

Im busy, send me an email You've blown it, move on. This essentially translates to "your boring the shit out of me, get off my line"

Seriously, if your gonna call someone cold then you have a similar amount of time to the old page load thing - you gotta get their attention and their interest in the first 20secs or you're dead in the water. If the guy tells you to send an email, you are being told to fuck right off - and in 99.99% of cases, the last thing on earth he wants is for you to send him an email.

Give my secretary the details Pitching the secretary was a punishable crime in some of the places i worked - if i caught my boys and girls doing it they'd be out on their ear, simple as that. There is no bigger waste of everybody's time. Newbie sales folks will often rather pitch the secretary than the person with they should be talking to because it's much easier! and the seccy will listen patiently while they rattle off their spiel.

Notabene.net bought out by Danmark Online

Thread Title: Notabene.net A/S purchased for growth! Thread Url: http://english.notabene.net/composite-244.htm Thread Description:

Congratulations are in order for Rumbas, his firm Notabene, one of Denmarks largest SEO/M outfits have just been bought out by Danmark Online which according to the press release makes them the largest player in Denmark now.

I asked Rumbus if he'd fill in any pertinent details i'd missed in my quick summar :)

ps: If your gonna do PR's in english guys, gotta get an englishman to do it! hehe...

Nokia Launch Contactless Payment System for Mobiles

Thread Title: World's First NFC Enabled Mobile Product for Contactless Payment Thread Url: http://prnewswire.com/news/index_mail.shtml?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/02-09-2005/0002989077&EDATE= Thread Description:

Nokia have launched the world's first NFC enabled contactless payment system for it's 3220 series of phones.

The basic deal is that your cc details are stored securely on a smart chip and you can pay and access services via the NFC system - NFC stands for Near Field Communications and you can see how it works here

Remember we talked about mobile as credit card a little while back?

"Visa is always looking for exciting, first-rate innovations that advance the field of contactless payment and we are pleased to join forces with Nokia in this pioneering effort," said Jim Lee, senior vice president, Product Technology and Standards, Visa International. "The development of the Nokia NFC shell serves as a natural extension of Visa's contactless card and phone programs around the world. Moreover, it aligns well with Visa's commitment to enabling payments anywhere, anytime, through any device."

All good stuff, the system will have it's first public test in Hanau near Frankfurt on the regional bus network...

Thrown to the wolves: SE-Tools.com

Thread Title: Search Engine Tools Thread Url: http://www.se-tools.com/ Thread Description:

Another tool, or in the case, collection of, get's thrown to the wolves - sing it's praises or rip it to shreds: SE-Tools.com via danny

if you have other stuff like this to suggest - pm me the link...

MSN Search in Religous Slur Scandal

Thread Title: Vatican is ***t Thread Url: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/09/msn_search_italy/ Thread Description:

The register have a piece on how if you search for merda (shit) on the Italian MSN a Vatican site comes top

If you're an Italian Catholic MSN user I am pretty sure the MSN algorithm isn't one that would endear you to Microsoft at the moment.

What is nice to see is that The Register are keeping their journalistic integrity although being sponsored by MSN

How much did Jeeves pay for Bloglines?

Thread Title: Engines are buying...but who's integrating? Thread Url: http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/stein/archives/006415.html Thread Description:

Jupiters Gary Stein speculates over just how much Ask paid for Bloglines this week.

The short version: About $35-50 Million

Im glad to see someone agrees with me in that this is a good buy for Jeeves, i dont pretend to be any kind of analyst, but it feels right. Gary goes on to talk about all the aquisitions Google, Yahoo and Jeeves have made recently (i touched on this in: Puzzling the Google Direction by its Aquisitions) and how these things need to, and surely will be, strung together:

ut a collection is not that big of a deal, at least not to consumers. It sort of makes me think of a guy who buys a killer plasma television, a DVD player, surround sound and monster cables....and leaves everything is a separate room. What you want to see is to have that guy integrate it all together into one, great thing: a home theater where you can watch the Die Hard Trilogy.

When is this going to happen for the engines? Sometime soon, I think. They have to pull these assets together in some kind of meaningful way soon. And search is the perfect thread for them all to be strung together with. One single search should return a cluster of content.

We live in interesting time heh...

Weblogs Inc courting a little VC Funding? [update]

Thread Title: Oh My Goshe Thread Url: http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2005/02/oh_my_goshe.html Thread Description:

UPDATE: and now lunch with Meckler - see comments...

Maybe im jumping the gun but when Calacanis has lunch with Fred Wilson i can't help but jump wildly to conclusions...

Look for Weblogs Inc getting a few more $$$'s shortly i reckon - Mark Cuban of 2929 is already into the company, that owns blog properties such as Engadget, in a large way...

Google & Jen - Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock....

I got an IM early last week from a friend i know to have many a connection within the 'plex - Jen had been fired, his desk was empty and there was no sign of him. He'd just quietly left.

Since then, the blogs have gotten a hold of it and over the last 3/4 days the story has been doing a slow burn through the blogosphere. In fact, it really is like watching the fuse on an Acme Co™ bomb carefully planted by wiley coyote slowly burn down the fuse.

My guess is that like with Wiley's efforts to dispose of the roadrunner, this bomb is going to explode in the face....

Speculation:

There was some hoohah over Google Adwords for his blog that could only have been placed by Google itself - is this the cause of the firing? Maybe he placed the ad himself, after all, he's clearly a prize idiot and maybe this pushed GOOG to booting him out the door?

Watch this space...

Audio: Is this a bubble yet?

Thread Title: So, Is This a Bubble Yet? Thread Url: http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail311.html Thread Description:

ITConversations run an audio of a panel at Web 2.0 chaired by John Battelle and featuring Safa Raschtchy and Lanny Baker of Piper Jaffray, Bill Janeway and Danny Rimmer.

The topic, the web's financials - it's from October so much has happened since but it's damn good stuff. stream mp3

Amazon in Hot Water over Stealth Marketing Allegations

Thread Title: The Hot Startup That's Really An Amazon.com Marketing Ploy? Thread Url: http://techdirt.com/articles/20050208/1648253_F.shtml Thread Description:

Amazon are causing a bit of a ruckus over alleged "stealth marketing" ploys.

At the start of the year we reported on a hot new social networking startup 43 Things where users get to jot down things they want to do, tag them and hook up with other people that want to acheive the same goal.

As it transpires, the start up is run by some ex Amazon employees and it now comes to light that Amazon have aquired (or are the sole investor) in the company and people are starting to speculate whether this was a set up from the start...

Very cloak and dagger eh? what fun....

MSN Messenger Down and Out

Thread Title: Outage blamed on 'data center' issue Thread Url: http://news.com.com/MSN+Messenger+outage+blamed+on+data+center+issue/2100-1032_3-5568012.html Thread Description:

I felt crippled by todays outage. Messenger is my vital communication tool when working with many freelancers across many countries..email just doesn't cut it anymore.

The latest outage comes days after security monitors discovered the Bropia worm was using MSN Messenger to spread. The Microsoft spokeswoman denied the outage was caused by the worm.

SG Throw out Awards - Doug Heil and Threadwatch Featured

Thread Title: First Annual SearchGuild Birthday Search Industry Awards Thread Url: http://www.searchguild.com/tpage18895-0.html Thread Description:

Looks like SG took the idea of alternative Search Marketing awards and actually got it done - the threadlink above has a whole bunch of good natured silliness from the boys and girls and our mate Doug got no less than 2 nominations - sadly though, no award :(

A couple of the results for you..

Best self promotion within the industry: Barbera Coll

The Best/Most humourous declaration of an evil spam spam spammer: Chris at SG

There's lots more fun stuff over there, check it out...

Mobile Adult Content to top $1bn this Year

Thread Title: Adult Industry to Net US$1bn From Mobile Phone Users in 2005 Thread Url: http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=80531 Thread Description:

Juniper Research are predicting that mobile adult content will top the $1bn mark this year - most of the wan.. er.. customers will come from Europe and Asia while the US lags behind as in most things mobile.

Report author, Dr. Windsor Holden, said, "At the present time, the size of the U.S. market is extremely limited because customers are used to downloading content through the portal of their network operator, and the network operators are reluctant to offer adult content for fear of a regulatory or consumer backlash. But in the medium term, customers will become increasingly adept at browsing wireless internet sites operated by aggregators or other independent providers, with the result that overall revenues will show a significant increase."

I have to say, the whole adult thing on a mobile just baffles me. Why anyone would want to view porn on a mobile is quite beyond me...

Yahoo & Godaddy Face Scrutiny over Unfair Practices

Thread Title: Underpriced Domain Names Thread Url: http://techlawadvisor.com/2005/02/underpriced-domain-names.html Thread Description:

ICANN sell domain names for $6 to their Registrars. Godaddy sell theirs at $3.99 and Yahoo! at $4.98 in special promotions - Yahoo's has been going on for quite some time now.

TechLawAdvisor raise the question of whether this breaks californian (or other state) law on unfair practices.

I think they ought to stfu as we all like cheap domain names heh..

Geofence your Kids - WaveMarket land 9.5 Million

Thread Title: A blog tool to fence in your children Thread Url: http://www.siliconbeat.com/entries/2005/02/08/a_blog_tool_to_fence_in_your_children.html Thread Description:

We reported on the unfortunately named Crunkie back in Decemeber, a location based mobile social network - since then WaveMarket, the company behind the project have landed a whopping 9.4M in venture funding with Draper Fisher Jurvetson taking the lead role.

Geofence your Kids

They now have several services/products on offer and they look interesting to say the least:

Crunkie — a location-aware mobile social network that allows friends to locate each other as well as share location-tagged blog posts. Map.Me — a mobile phone map interface that allows users to pan/zoom and experience dynamic mobile city guides WaveAlert — server that allows users to be notified whenever they enter or leave a designated area. This is called "proximity-based" alerts. You can set “geofences” around important assets or be notified if your friends are nearby.

That last one looks like a killer tool for anxious parents and could, imo put WM on the map...

Being a new parent, the time when i will have to worry about where my daughter is and who she's with is a little way off but i know some of you have older kids right? - How do you keep tabs on where they are and what they're doing? And would something like WaveAlert be good?

Hot Linux Virgin Action

Thread Title: Linux Virgins Thread Url: http://www.linuxvirgin.info Thread Description:

OMG, this is waaay too funny! Gizmodo point out Linux Virgin - a site where, you can follow the progress of two charming young ladies as they attempt to set up a linux box whilst losing their clothes...

Clearly open source marketing at it's best and as Gizmodo said:

Ooh, that's right—just a little more thermal paste right there. Yeah, right on the proc.

Very, very funny :-)

Designing Sites for Teens

Thread Title: What Websites Do to Turn On Teens Thread Url: http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66514,00.html Thread Description:

I've never built a site with Teens in mind but knowing that some of you have this might be of interest: Wired are talking about what visual and interactive elements sites should pay attention to in order to capture a younger audience. Content aside, some of the things the story has to say are pretty interesting:

Nielsen explained that the best interactive elements include message boards, polls, quizzes, the ability to ask questions of experts, and tools that let teens construct their own web pages.

Another element teens find attractive is the use of photographs and images that relieve text of the burden of communicating ideas, but that don't weigh down a page. And while adults don't like cluttered web pages or too much writing either, he added, they are significantly more tolerant of a heavier text-to-images ratio.

Teens are also much less willing than adults to stick around websites with useful content but poor presentation, Nielsen said.

The report they're talking about (which i couldn't locate?) is the one that sparked all the pants wetting excitement about teens not being as savvy as adults on the web - well forgive me if i pay that only passing mention, it's boring as hell and patently obvious to boot.

If you have built sites for the teen market, do tell us about your experiences...