Time for your weekly dose of the wierd, wonderful and sometimes just downright
The Second Coming Project
"The Second Coming Project is a not-for-profit
organization devoted to bringing about the Second
Coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, as prophesied in
the Bible" -- or so says this site which takes a very scientific
approach to ensuring that the predictions of the bible will come
Bastard Operator From Hell
For those who are new to the Net or haven't yet seen the infamous "Bastard
Operator From Hell" pages then you must check out this classic.
SiSSYFiGHT 2000 is, like, an intense war between a bunch of girls
who are all out to ruin each other's popularity and self-esteem. The
object is to physically attack and majorly dis your enemies until they
are totally mortified beyond belief.
Thanks to all those readers who contributed suggestions for the Lighten Up section --
and keep sending more!
Have Your Say
No Comments Yet -- send me yours and fill this space!
Measuring and reporting the most popular sites on the Internet is big-business
these days and a small but growing number of players are battling to gain
a foothold in this lucrative area.
A new entrant on the local scene is
Hitwise which claims
to monitor more than 30,000 Kiwi websites, gaining its figures by checking
the proxy-server logs used by some 350,000 NZ web-users.
However, there is possibly a few problems with the way that Hitwise goes
about calculating its rankings.
Whereas its competition,
reports a "unique audience" as
its primary metric, Hitwise seems to rank by the number of page-views a site
While it might be a matter of some debate, I tend to think that unique audience
is a more accurate estimate of a site's true popularity than is the number of
page views. Page views, like "hits," are a figure that can be skewed
significantly by the way a site is constructed. For example, Aardvark is a
"one-page" site in which every effort is made to present all the information
its readers are looking for in a convenient, single, concise HTML document.
If however, I were to break up this site into three or four separate pages by
spreading the commentary over a couple of pages and placing the NZ, Australian
and World news links on their own separate pages - then Aardvark would be
four-times more popular in terms of page-views.
Likewise I could add indirection to the links in the news sections to create
an extra virtual page-load and really boost Aardvark's ranking by having each
click on a linked story count as well.
If I broke the page up into multiple frames then I could also boost my score
In short -- while Hitwise is a nice idea, perhaps they ought to do some more
processing and produce a "unique audience" figure as well as the total page-count
metric currently offered. They ought to fix up the glaring errors on their
own website too! I'm happy to perform the kind of site-survey they should
have performed before launching if they contact me.
For example: What's with all the underlining on
(check this screen capture if
it's been fixed)
and why don't the many intra-page links work on this site?
(hint -- see the correct way I used an intra-page link to the site a couple
of paragraphs above).
As regular readers will know, I'm preparing to launch a new Net-based
e-commerce product/service that I strongly believe will become a powerful
and significant global force as a key infrastructure component of many
online retail operations.
The Net has changed a lot since I launched
7am.com back in 1997 and it's no
longer practical to build, launch and operate such a venture with zero
funding. There may therefore be the opportunity for some savvy investor to take
an equity stake in this new start-up and potentially make a very significant
return in reasonably short timeframe. The business model for this venture
is strongly revenue-based with profitability targeted at around 12-18 months
When I launched 7am.com, the free syndication of news content was unheard of --
indeed it was this site that created the online syndication model that is now
so popular. From its humble start, 7am.com has grown into the world's most
widely syndicated news ticker network -- to the point where (as of February 2000)
it has a unique audience and market reach greater than that of the BBC's own
news site and delivers the news over a million times per day through a
syndication network of more than 165,000 third-party web-pages.
In respect to this new venture I'm only interested in talking with those who
are seriously interested and, having learnt to my cost that the vast majority
of "wallets" in NZ simply have no understanding of the importance of being
able to think on your feet and move quickly, one of the key criteria will be
an investor's ability to move quickly and decisively.
All inquiries treated with the strictest confidence --
contact me only if you're seriously
interested, can fund a start-up to the tune of NZ $1m-$2m over 12 months,
are capable of moving at "Net Speed," and want to be a part of establishing
a new model for transacting e-commerce on the Internet.
As always, your feedback is welcomed.