Just been reading Gizmo’s article on disabling Google’s text advertisements. I’m realizing it has come this far: people have been increasingly annoyed by advertising on their favourite websites. N now even Google’s textads are targeted because a small percentage puts the ads on the page people have become annoyed. So they disable the ads. That’s their right.
However that leaves millions of bloggers without a possible revenue stream to support their writing so I am thinking what it can be replaced with. I’ve no idea. Personally I wouldn’t donate to a website because I liked a certain article, donationware works best for ‘tools’. I don’t think I can get paid for putting legitimate search results underneath a post, which would be a benefit to readers, which is a shame. Subscription services go against the nature of the web (hiding content from public). I wouldn’t buy a mug just because i read a website. Maybe that means that it’s just too hard for an individual to recoup their costs?
That said, the majority of people will not have Adsense blocked. And I think the majority of bloggers don’t blog for money, but because they like to discuss.
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Acquiring feedback on web projects can be harder than you’d think, especially when you’re working on internal projects that don’t get discussed on outside your organization. By making feedback a fun, easy and rewarding thing to do more people might be encouraged to help us and put in the effort.
I’m sure some of you are in a similar situation: you launch a project and silence follows. Trivial problems might emerge but a there’s no general response to the long hours you put in. That makes it much harder to evaluate the project and set a schedule for future developments.
To help with this we’ve created a UserVoice page. Let’s describe it as a digg-like FAQ. People are encouraged to leave a message, can vote on feedback they find important, and always have the full picture of what the development is focused on. Developers act on the consensus and theoretically will work on solving the most urgent issues.
Of course this model will work best when both users and developers care enough to communicate. So Uservoice is engineered to make it trivial to leave a message. It can be easily integrated into an existing site. Some functionality requires a user account, which is a stumbling block. But you can leave feedback without it, which is a bonus. Oh and it doesn’t integrate with any bug trackers which is a shame.
Will it work and will there be enough participation? Ask me again in 6 months time. I’m not sure how to make it any easier though.