Saturday, July 15, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wired Finally Gets Its Website Back
After years without its own Website, Wired magazine (or, rather, its parent company, Conde Nast) is buying back Wired News for $25 million. Back during the bubble years, Wired had sold the news site to Lycos for $83 million. So it's as if Lycos was borrowing the site for the past seven years and is now returning it like a used car and taking whatever cash it can get for it. (Albeit, it's a nice used car—the folks over at Wired News cover their beat well given their up-till-now limited resources).
Although the site continued to host the magazine's content throughout the years, it wasn't controlled by Wired—which in turn was contractually barred from doing anything else online. The deal will overturn this bizarre and (to Wired editor Chris Anderson) frustrating situation. But you can bet that the real impetus behind the deal is that online advertising is finally becoming a viable source of revenues for major media companies like our competitors over at Conde Nast (as well as us over here at Time Inc.), and the one of the few ad sources that is actually growing.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
3000 Singles, Speed Dating
Over 3,000 singles have pre registered to attendthis massive speed dating event in a town of only 150,000 people
Markus Frind started Plentyoffish.com in 2003 as a free dating site, and as a way to teach himself ASP programming. The site gets over 200,000 logins every day and received 3.2 million unique visitors in June 2006. It is the #3 dating website in Canada and #6 in USA for May 2006 (see www.OnlinePersonalsWatch.com).
And here is ranking for dating sites.