Keywords: a Growing Cost for News Sites

The concept didn’t really make any sense to me until I read this bit:

“Way back in the old days … there used to be people standing on corners yelling, ‘Extra! Extra! Read all about it!’,” says Murray Gaylord, vice president of marketing for NYTimes.com. “The way people get that content now is going to that search engine,” he says. “It is the same model; it is just the way the world has changed.”

Of course!

What’s in a name?

No doubt some of these will turn up False on Snopes, but most are probably true.

Did you know why Amazon.com is called Amazon.com. I have to confess, I didnt.

Here’s the full source list, from Wikipedia.

This week’s ENN faux pas

ENN: “In a lesson no doubt relevant to Irish banks, Britain’s banking sector has been told to jizz up its customer databases to effectively target the female market.”

It’s “jazz” Maxim. Jizz is something completely different.

Join me in Tangler

Much to the consternation of my old-school techie friends, I’ve always been a big fan of forums. I think I came to the Internet too late – relatively speaking – to appreciate the whole “why download the interface” thing, even in eircom-bitrate Ireland

Of course these days we have AJAX, and we’re rightly reverting to downloading the interface once and only pushing data to users when it’s needed. That’s what Tangler is essentially about, although the lads in charge are trying to peg it more as a social app.

I’d like to spend some time on there and try it out properly, but I’d prefer to do so with people I know, so if you’d like to try it too, send me an email at tmp56@perm.it and I’ll send you an invite. If you’re already there, join me in Ireland please.

Social Networking Creating DNS Performance Issues

An interesting, non-obvious look at how social networking sites, and to a lesser extent web 2.0 websites are affecting Internet performance.

CircleID: A typical MySpace profile page is a rich assortment of images and blogs posted from friends. Users can post videos and flash-based content, as well as links to favorite songs in MP3 files. In most cases, each of these content pieces is stored in a separate DNS domain. For example, each image belonging to a friend is retrieved from a distinct URI. This means that retrieving and displaying a profile page may require hundreds of DNS lookups in the background—compared to ten or so lookups for a ‘standard’ B-to-C web page.

MySpace is one of the most visited sites on the Internet. Each of those page downloads may account for ten times or more the amount of DNS traffic of a typical web page visit. Here is an important clue to the recent, unusually high increase in DNS traffic. And, alas, there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Because DNS queries are very small and generally very efficient, I don’t think this is a major problem, but it should lead to innovation in the space.