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Lighten Up 5 July 2002 Edition
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It's time again for your weekly dose of humour, horror and curiosities from the wierd, wacky and sometimes wonderful world wide web.

Of all the things you'd never ever want to drop, this has to rank very near the top. Oops!

In a possible attempt to distance itself from the other high-flying auditors and consultants, Price Waterhouse Coopers recently decided to change its name to "Monday" (eh??). Well it seems that at least one person thought they'd scored a bit of coup over a suitable domain name for the newly branded company.

If you're a mad scientist planning a book, be careful, the censors might get you and force you to pull the best stuff.

Feature: Promoting Your Website
Dont' forget to check out the series of hints on how to promote your website which will be regularly added to throughout the next few weeks.

New this week: The Importance Of Branding

Where Do You Go To My Lovely?
To plagiarise and somewhat alter the lyrics of a famous song from the 1960's:

Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone on the web?

If I want that information I guess I could always check out the latest Internet ratings reports from the likes of Hitwise or the service that Red Sheriff is being commissioned to provide to local online publishers. But these services are only going to tell us about sites that are already very popular. They won't help us find the low-traffic sites that are perhaps every bit as interesting and worthy of our time.

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  • Have Your Say

    Yesterday I lamented the lack of support for small local sites so today I thought I'd take the initiative and see whether we (the Internet community) might not be able to give the little guys a helping hand.

    Several times in recent years I've asked readers to send me a list of their favourite but less well known local websites -- and I'm asking you to do it again.

    I'm also asking web designers and web-hosting companies to maybe think about creating a new site that will act as a focal point for promoting local web-based content.

    My initial thoughts are to create a resource where these sites can be highlighted for the rest of is to find and check-out.

    What's needed is more than "just another web directory" -- it should allow people to contribute comments, reviews, suggestions, ideas for improvement and general feedback on each of the sites listed.

    If we could get enough people participating in contributing, such a site would become a "must visit" for most of us who are always interested in seeing what's new and what's interesting on the local scene.

    Hands up all those who think this would be a great resource...

    Hands up all those who have logged onto the Net and thought "gosh, what shall I do now -- I can't think of anywhere new to visit"

    My mailbox is open to anyone and everyone who has ideas or might be willing to get involved in such a community project.

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