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Collective ingenuity

Let 1,000 Ideas Bloom is a good overview of different web sites that make it easy for people to share their nifty ideas. The article was published on November 27, 2003. What are the Web 2.0 services that have entered the space of idea-sharing since then?

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Random Japanese sentence: その猫は高くのびた草を利用してその鳥の方にしのびよった。 The cat took advantage of the high grass to creep on the bird.

Whoa, onto something cool here: advertising on the back of my laptop

UPDATE: See http://sachachua.com/advertise-on-my-laptop.html

Want to grab the eyeballs of every geek at BarCampEarthToronto
and the other tech events I go to? Advertise on the back of my
laptop. Even better: tell me enough about your stuff so that I can
enthusiastically talk about it.

I’m an evangelist. Give me something cool to talk about.

The back of an 8.9″ laptop screen *really* doesn’t seem like much
space to advertise on, but *everyone* looks, believe me. It’s the
irresistable combination of cute geek girl _and_ insanely tiny laptop.

And it happens *every* *single* *time.* It helps that I have small
hands. Most people just can’t deal with something that small. Sure,
black Macbooks are trendy, but they’re not as rare as a *teensy*
little laptop that a geek girl is happily typing away on. (In Emacs,
no less.)

Amber MacArthur (TechTV) called attention to the sticker I had on
my laptop (“The geek shall inherit the earth”) and the pins I have on
my backpack (“No, you can’t just explain it in the manual” – Human
Factors International). Random strangers cross the street to
compliment me on my outfit, ask about the stickers on my skateboard,
or wonder out loud if that’s a *real* computer I’m typing away on.
(Yes, as I walk.) And that happens both in geek-heavy get-togethers
and while just walking in cosmopolitan, blase downtown Toronto.

I can’t help it. I get attention. I might as well make use of it.

More to the point: _you_ might as well make use of it.

So here’s what’s going to happen:

  • TONIGHT: I’ll decide on a pricing scheme. E-mail me or leave a
    comment if you want to hear about it as soon as I’ve come up with
    it (probably later tonight).
  • TONIGHT: I’ll set up a static page, blog about it, and tell people.
  • WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: I’ll accept orders.
  • THURSDAY: I’ll figure out exactly how to mount it. Don’t worry, I
    have several plans.
  • FRIDAY: I’ll select and confirm orders, and print out and mount the
    final thing on Friday afternoon.

My skateboard’s also open for advertising.

E-mail me at [email protected] or leave a comment using the form
below to find out about the next step as soon as possible.

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See also my previous blog entry:

Networking for Geeks: Advertise with your laptop!

Other people’s blog entries:

(leave me a comment to get linked!)

Advertise on my laptop! Webpage up

Okay, we’re open for business! Buy adspace on my laptop for USD 1.00 / 0.5″x0.5″ (basic) or USD 2.00 / 0.5″x0.5″ (premium, includes elevator pitch). Hurry! BarCampEarthToronto is just a few days away!

Props to Gabriel Mansour for helping me work things out!

See also my previous blog entries:

Other people’s blog entries:

Reserve ad space now!

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Sharing the link love: advertising on laptop lids blog roundup!

Thanks to everyone for getting the word out! It’s a really cool idea
and I hope people pick it up. I’ll explore it more for possible
business ideas, but feel free to take the idea and run with it. Have I
missed a blog post? Please e-mail me or use the comment form on my
site. Thanks!

  1. Stowe Boyd: Sacha Chua does me one better
  2. J. Angelo Racoma: Problogger idea: renting ad space on laptop lids
  3. J. Angelo Racoma: Advertising on laptop lids
  4. Andy Piper: Advertising on a laptop lid
  5. Joey Alarilla: advertise on sacha chua’s laptop
  6. CNet Asia Blogs: Cute geek girl wants you to advertise on her laptop
  7. Von Totanes: Laptop adspace for rent
  8. Katesgasis: Asides
  9. J. Angelo Racoma: Problogger idea: ads on laptop lids

And of course, props to Orange and Bronze for buying ad space!

If you’re interested in advertising on my laptop after BarCampEarthToronto, e-mail me and I’ll get back to you after the experiment.

Sweeeet! WordPress.org bought ad space on my laptop!

Remember my crazy idea to sell advertising space on my laptop during BarCampEarthToronto? Well, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.org – *WORDPRESS.ORG!* My favorite blogging platform! (Okay, my *second-favorite* – nothing beats Emacs Planner)

!!

They are *uber*cool. Another thing I really, really, really, really like. Whenever I need to set up a blog for someone else, the very first thing I do is download the latest version of WordPress, unpack it, and set it up. I like it a lot.

So here’s what’s going to happen. I am going to make the logos for Orange & Bronze and WordPress.org as large as I can. I don’t mind potentially wasting space. It’ll be a *fantastic* story.

I’ll blog more from BarCamp tomorrow, and I’ll post my D*I*Y tutorial on Sunday. =) Or today, if I feel particularly diligent…

Anyway. WordPress.org. They are totally, totally cool.

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Crazy business idea: videoconferencing event/party spaces =)

Yes, videoconferencing should be the kind of thing anyone can get working at home, but technical glitches often come up.

I think there’s a market for at least one company that can set up an event space with a good screen, a computer, a reliable network connection, and a sound system. It beats having lots of people clustered around one laptop and spending most of the time struggling with technical issues. Market: business meetings during the day, globally dispersed families / friends at night and on weekends.

Anyone with that kind of business in Manila, please contact my mom. =)