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Jan 18, 2002
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Free Map of Online Content World Avail.

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InfoCommerce Report, a monthly newsletter "for and about people who are building a new industry -- one that merges database content with digital distribution" has a fun free map offer on their Web site. The 11x14" map shows how the content world fits together ... from owners to syndicators to Web portals. Their site is built using frames (arrrgh) so I can't give you a direct link, just go to the home page and look for the map link on the left nav bar.

However, I was alarmed by one thing today -- InfoCommerce Report emailed me a survey link to 8 "easy" questions. Aside from the fact that the questions are not easy (remind me to do a special report on user-friendly surveys), one in particular made my hair stand on end, "HOW VALUABLE WOULD IT BE FOR YOUR COMPANY . . . to find and capture Web-based information on people, including job title and email address?"

OK that would be what spammers do. Harvesting email addresses online is unsavory to say the least, selling them to others as part of your business model is beyond slimy and possibly illegal in some states and countries. I know we're all urgently trying to find ways to make more money with content these days. But that's no excuse.
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