12 January 2011

Illustration from 'I Modi' ('The Ways') by Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano, a 16th century work of erotic fiction which according to some helped popularize print and literature

The Fascinating Story of Porn and Technology Adoption

Yes, Cracked.com publishes some fascinating stuff but I generally find it awkward to link to them.

Let’s take a moment to think about Cracked. Most everyone gets that their material and the research behind it doesn’t quite match the quality you find in Wired.

This meta comment on Cracked relates very closely to this story on the new web publishing industry I discussed little over a year ago. How every pun in a Cracked.com article actually is search engine optimization becomes laughably clear in this porn piece. The writer has slipped in just about every FCC safe adult entertainment related expression you could daydream up of in the story.

Improving content distribution with sex and porn is just that powerful. If you have a web site, you could try this yourself: just mention porn in some really obscure way and you’ll probably get at least some traffic through someone’s really fap happy search engine queries. If you mention child porn, you’ll be awarded search traffic so depraved you might feel a bit uncomfortable just storing your search referer data.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

25 March 2010

Manpacks – A subscription service for socks, t-shirts, and underwear

[via:Abraham Williams]

27 December 2009

The working conditions of Amazon.com’s warehouse “Elves”

[via:Slashdot]

7 January 2009

The Growth of Walmart across the U.S.A., 1962-today (flash animation)

[via:Lotta]

28 November 2008

US Black Friday results: temporary Wal-Mart employee trampled to death, two dead in Toys ‘R’ Us Shooting

Every mention of this story is a free ad for Amazon.

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