There is no doubt that video.google.com is going to be a success story despite the negative press this week. My good buddy str0ud pointed this poker affiliate video out to me this week. This thing is done really poorly but I think the guy is bleeding edge. Although his shot of the luxury cars is far too short at only 1 second and he doesn’t even tag his URL once in the video, and his video is amateurish and ends abruptly, he is still the first to market and does a nice job of showing off his leased vehicles and Cessna.
Now I know that I’m probably one of the techie few that actually visit Google video but I also know that I regularly show cool stuff that I find there to my wife, friends, and family and they are totally sucked in.
So what is the future of marketing and Google video? Well str0ud has piqued my interest and we are certainly going to move in the direction of producing a series of videos. Afterall, I don’t imagine that its that hard to manipulate the ‘Popular’ section thanks to HTTPClient.
Hosted Solutions is supposed to be the best facility in the Raleigh NC and Triangle metro area for dedicated hosting or colo according to everyone I’ve asked. I’ve been to the facility (when they were called Springboard Hosting) and indeed it looked quite nice. Well now that I’m really trying to get some cabinet space there I can’t get my foot in the door! I called once, left a message, no call back. Waited a week, submitted an email through their contact form. No response. Waited a month, called again, and left a message. Finally a salesman called me back and he sounded nice and even mentioned that he remembers my email (uhhhh, why didn’t you call me then) and tells me he would put together some packages and email them to me. That was two weeks ago.
If I have to chase down the sales team like this, whats it going to be like when I need customer support?
Still waiting for that price package Hosted Solutions…
Hosted Solutions has since been very generous with their time. The salesperson, head of sales, and even the CEO have been in touch with me and provided me with more than enough information. I was invited to the new north Raleigh facility and they gave me a tour along with some very flexible options for my hosting needs.
Here is one more position available for immediate hire:
There have to be some pure CSS folks lurking in Raleigh. Pack up that PowerBook and come over for an interview!
Mike is offering up a free whois API written in PHP. Great tool for domain acquisition or link building!
Did you write that Mike? The code looks awfully tidy to be yours.
We are seeing BigDaddy live on Google.com now. It appears to be a true rollout as its showing up on far more datacenters than ever before. According to Mike its live on these IP’s:
Lets hope it sticks!