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Search Engines' Reward Programs

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the this-is-all-so-dot-com dept.

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Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "Search engines are dangling rewards and cash prizes to attract customers to their sites, the Wall Street Journal reports. MSN is offering free nights at the Four Seasons and other goodies to people who search for one of roughly a thousand terms on a rotating list. Yahoo's GoodSearch donates a penny to charity for each search. And Blingo hawks giveaways including iPods. But, the WSJ reports, 'There are strings attached to some of the reward programs. Some require users to register personal information like a name or email.'"

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personal info (5, Funny)

imboboage0 (876812) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787464)

Some require users to register personal information like a name or email.

Wait a second - you mean they want to be able to contact me if i win?

Yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14787556)

What kind of search engine are they if I have to tell them who I am?

If I have to give out my email, I might get spam. Or worse, an Ipod [shudders].

It all sounds kinda phishy.

Re:personal info (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787595)

Yeah, cause, you know, they could let you know you won, and *then* ask for your personal information!

Re:personal info (2, Funny)

pla (258480) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787630)

Yeah, cause, you know, they could let you know you won, and *then* ask for your personal information!

Yeah, cause, you know, not everyone manages to punch the monkey...

Re:personal info (1)

mpathetiq (726625) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787701)

Everyone punches the monkey from time to time. If they don't admit it, they're lying!

Re:personal info (1)

jrockway (229604) | more than 8 years ago | (#14790584)

My monkey was surgically removed, you insensitive clod. (Actually, I'm probably the insensitive one.)

Re:personal info (1)

Yoik (955095) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787754)

The game got pretty obvious to me when comparing the fill_out_a_card guys with the instant win coupons on fast food etc..

It's a shame it isn't as easy to have a physical junk mail address as email.

Re:personal info (1)

biocute (936687) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787646)

Just be patient and wait for Google to start offering prizes, and Google won't require us to give personal information, because it already has them if you are using its services like Search, GMail, Blogs......

Re:personal info (1)

nherm (889807) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788344)

I want my iPod to materalize from the search engine's webpage on my screen directly to my hands.

Yup. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14788933)

Actually, essentially ALL promotionals, giveaways, contests, etc. run by businesses are to generate customer lists.

Normal lotteries, etc. allow you to buy the chance to win and then give up your personal information if and only if you win.

Granted, this is just Marketing 101, but a lot of people don't seem to realize this. Hopefully most Slashdotters already know this, but...

OTOH, it's so trivial, obvious, and widespread that it makes me want to run out and file for a "business method" patent to protect my "innovation" :D

Re:Yup. (1)

britneys 9th husband (741556) | more than 8 years ago | (#14805062)

Except of course the ones that are there to generate sales, like "look under the cap of any 20 oz bottle of Pepsi and you could win $25,000 instantly!"

Re:Yup. (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 8 years ago | (#14822050)

Only now you have to go to pepsi.com, type in a code, and surrended your 'personal info' to even have a chance.

At least the 'free 20 oz of pepsi' is still written in plain english. I miss the good old days when the prize was written in the bottom of the can, and you had to squint just right to see it. all these 'efforts' to 'improve' the contests with online codes are silly, much worse than the failed attempt by coke to have cans that would dispense a note 'informing' the winner they had won a prize, only the can wasn't filled with soda, and the note could be accidently swollowed if the can wasn't 'opened properly' etc.

Door Prizes (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787467)

So this is kind of like when you go to a conference and they have door prizes being given away by companies.

You can register for said prizes; all you have to do is fill out your name, telephone number, address and date of birth. Then, after you don't win, you get to put up for the rest of your time at that residence with crap junk mail. May the lord have mercy on your soul if you give those people your e-mail address.

If you have to log in to use your favorite search engine, I'd suggest finding a different one.

Re:Door Prizes (2, Interesting)

Mystical Presence (313724) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787728)

This is why before I hit a conference I create an alias for my e-mail account that's simply conference_name@mydomain.com. It also has the added benifit of tracking who's selling my address.

Umm....parent is right. (1)

AnonymousPrick (956548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787763)

Then, after you don't win, you get to put up for the rest of your time at that residence with crap junk mail. May the lord have mercy on your soul if you give those people your e-mail address.

That's the reason there are these "free" prizes. Anyone who collects personal information is doing it for some sort of marketing purposes. They may not sell it, or even use it for junk mail or junk calls, but it is being used for some sort of marketing purpose. Even then, if there's some sort of "transaction", as it is called many times in the "terms of service" statements, the new owners of the organization (or th same owners who reorganzied)can do anything that they want, such as sell all of that customer data. Even then, the "terms of service" isn't contract, so you couldn't hold them to it - even if you could, there's always the statment, "We reserve the right to change this agreement at anytime." So, WTF even have a terms of service if they may not even abide by them.

I'm ranting now. Bye.

Re:Door Prizes (1)

MrNougat (927651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788200)

Also like drunkely registering for a "free vacation" at a bar, only to deal with calls from the time-share outfit for the next three months.

No thank you.

Re:Door Prizes (1)

tepid (954473) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788322)

Waitaminute. So Blingo asks for your name and address when you win a prize. And since their prizes range from a movie ticket to a PSP, that means they're paying anywhere from $10 to $300 for your address. If you (paranoid individuals) think that's more lucrative than simply having your search traffic, then I encourage you to read Google's annual report.

Blingo's privacy policy and FAQ state that they don't sell your information, and why on earth would they need to. They're in the same business as Google, they're just offering an incentive (like the chance of free iTunes with your Pepsi or free fries from the McDonald's Monopoly promotion).

Furthermore, I think it's interesting that various sites are putting a dollar value on our loyalty. Sure, Yahoo and Google can stick to keeping customers by innovating. But those innovative features will need to be worth more to me than what I get from Blingo. That's good. Welcome to America.

hacked (4, Interesting)

zxnos (813588) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787481)

already hacked. [searchenginewatch.com]

Re:hacked (2, Funny)

binkzz (779594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787762)

<!--url's used in the movie-->
<!--text used in the movie-->
<!--
house cleaning, William Sonoma, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble ... wine, burgundy, california cab, pillows, throw pillows, throws blanket, oprah
-->

<!--DEBUT WEBOSCOPE Msn searchandwin -->

All the keywords are in a comment inside the html page. Either this is an amazingly dumb oversight, or planned. I'm going with dumb.

free advertising for the competition (1)

Mystical Presence (313724) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787781)

Ha, the first hit in the "Sponsered Sites" list when searching for technology on MSN's search engine is Apple's.

snip

Technology Resources at Apple.com - www.apple.com

Visit Apple's IT Pro portal to find IT related content for IT Managers and technology professionals. Find news, articles,... /snip

Re:hacked (1)

Alascom (95042) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788071)

Nope, not hacked. The terms are simply 'sample random queries' that are shown on the page when the user is idle. Load up the page www.msnsearchandwin.com and watch the search box. Each of the 'keywords' will appear in seemingly random order.

I use www.a9.com (2, Interesting)

FatSean (18753) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787483)

Gets me pi/2 off my Amazon purchases. The rest of those 'rewards' are worthless to me.

Re:I use www.a9.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14787551)

Yep. I've enjoyed the 1.57% discount many a time. Though recently I must have let it lapse, so I started consciously using a9.com again. I've used it daily for the last month and have yet to see my pi/2 return. WTF?!?

Re:I use www.a9.com (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787585)

Before this sd account is deemed worthless (everything I write a zero), may i add i now use safari instead of buying 'amazon books' - having to login to a9 (yes i once got discount from amazon) seemed a right royal pain up the backside.

I've not bought a 'book' in months, or visited amazon either. - Googling is easier

You can google for novels? (1)

FatSean (18753) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787657)

I've been unable to find anything by my favorite Science Fiction authors.

And how is "Safari", a web browser, relevant? How is logging in a pain? My browser caches non-critical account passwords for me. Doesn't yours?

I think you are a Troll, and that you deserve your -1.

Re:You can google for novels? (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787724)

Safari is an O'Reilly program where you can get eversions of their books to read. You have a bookshelf on which you can put X books, and you can swap the books in and out monthly.

Re:You can google for novels? (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 8 years ago | (#14794172)

I'm a very nice freak, and every slashdotter should have one. - I thought everybody knew about safari other than being an apple thingy.

Re:I use www.a9.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14790922)

Gets me pi/2 off my Amazon purchases. The rest of those 'rewards' are worthless to me.

Set 5 Scheduled Tasks (in Windows XP) to do searches on A9 every day and use the search engine you want otherwise. Every morning at 4:00am my computer searches the same 5 terms - "SD Cards", "Microsoft Office", "New Car Prices", etc... You get the idea.

Establishes pi/2 discount in about a week.

desperate measures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14787485)

seems rather desperate measures to be taking to get users, if they are this desperate now it pains me to think about 5years into teh future

perhaps if they spent the money improving their product, removing spam from their servers, punishing SEOs people might be more inclinded to visit out of choice

when you have to resort to tacky giveaways to promote your product , i think its safe to say their "product" sucks

Re:desperate measures (2, Interesting)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788018)

when you have to resort to tacky giveaways to promote your product , i think its safe to say their "product" sucks.

No more than grocery markets that use "club cards" to give discounts to regular shoppers suck. When it comes to search engines, Google is the best known, the most used. For a new site to succeed, they need some way of getting people to use it, and random giveaways are simply a marketing tool. I've never received anything from Blingo, but I do use it, and from their POV that's what matters. Mind you, I also use Google, if I can't find it through Blingo.

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14787498)

Yes, I'll sign up for your contest called "SPAM me senseless for a one in ten-million shot at winning a 2nd gen ipod". Where do I enter my name and email?

interesting, but don't lump Google into this mix (4, Interesting)

yagu (721525) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787500)

MSN is doing it (offering free nights at the Four Seasons); Yahoo's "GoodSearch" is doing it (but nicely -- donating pennies to charity); but Google is not doing it, but Blingo is.

If you look at the Blingo "about us" page, at the bottom you'll find:

Who is Blingo?

We're a privately-held company in California, managed by a small team of successful entrepreneurs.

Just wanted to set the record straight, since I still kind of believe Google means it when they say "do no evil".

Re:interesting, but don't lump Google into this mi (1)

merreborn (853723) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787569)

For those who don't care to read through Blingo's rules, blingo works like so:

If you search during one of about 49 special time periods per day, you win.

But only your first 10 searches per day count.

Re:interesting, but don't lump Google into this mi (2, Informative)

aricept (810752) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787578)

And neither, for that matter, is Yahoo. From TFA:

"A new site called GoodSearch.com, launched late last year by Los Angeles-based GoodSearch LLC, aims to lure repeat users by donating roughly a cent to a charity of the user's choice every time a search is conducted on its Yahoo-based search engine."

The line referencing Blingo is similar. Somone misunderstood "Powered by Google", methinks.

OT: your sig (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787760)

Patches are released once a month, so you can easily achieve almost 4 weeks of uptime on XP and still apply patches. Add to that that not every patch release cycle requires a reboot, and you can indeed get months of uptime even when applying patches.

Yeah, I know it's a joke, but it's not a funny one :)

Re:interesting, but don't lump Google into this mi (1)

rjrjr (28310) | more than 8 years ago | (#14789273)

I'm sorry, and blingo is evil how? Because they use some of their ad revenue to buy a few prizes to encourage more eyeballs to generate more ad revenue? Or is it because they don't ask you for any personal info until you win a prize, and then only use it to ship you said prize?

In The UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14787511)

Anyone know of any of these that are NOT US-only and will work in the UK?

Not quite breaking news (2, Insightful)

ianscot (591483) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787540)

If memory serves Ask Jeeves or another search engine of the same vintage advertized its cash prizes pretty heavily on TV some years ago. Would have been pre-2k, I'm guessing.

(And yeah, boy, that whole "You have to tell us who you are so we can write out a check" tradeoff had never occurred to me. When I take the restaurant survey in hopes of winning $25 grand, they probably put me in their database, too.)

Re:Not quite breaking news (2, Informative)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787631)

I think iwon.com was advertising heavily on TV and radio back then.

Let's try something different... (3, Interesting)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787541)

Why don't you pay me to use your search engine instead? That's a fair trade. :P

You actually mean it? (1)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787586)

Wow! There are actually still other search engines out there besides Google? Who would have imagined? I figured the other ones had all dissapeared after "google" became a word in the dictionary:P These competetors must be evil though because Google is good and they are trying to bribe users away. They should all be burned as witches!

Re:You actually mean it? (2, Funny)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787716)

They should all be burned as witches!

But do they weigh the same as a duck?

Re:You actually mean it? (2, Funny)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787847)

Well, they float so they must weigh the same as a duck. Burn them! Burn them!

And the really big prize comes when (3, Funny)

Jim in Buffalo (939861) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787628)

And if they catch you searching for pr0n you'll get a really, really big prize, delivered right to your door by a couple of FBI agents.

Re:And the really big prize comes when (1)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787871)

Since when was searching for pr0n illegal? At least not here in the US (as implied by your FBI remark...) Now kiddie pr0n on the other hand...

Re:And the really big prize comes when (1)

Jim in Buffalo (939861) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788207)

Oh, no, I was just kidding, really... the FBI has no reason to look into my activities... just kidding, I was... really... it's just fine... (knock knock knock) ... uh-oh...

Good search results are my reward (2, Insightful)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787649)

That's why I use Google. Every once in a while I try msn or something else and find that they pretty much suck. If they were better, I might use multiple search engines. If they were better than Google, I'd switch.

Re:Good search results are my reward (1)

lowrydr310 (830514) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787759)

Back in the day, I only used Yahoo. Lycos and Excite were OK, but Yahoo was a lot better and returned more relevant results. Then Google came along and changed everything. Not only do they provide the best search results, the only ads are minor text-based ads that are easy to block mentally.

I've tried using the other search engines a few times since Google became so good, but I've given up completely. I don't care if MSN and Yahoo both have banner-ad-free Google clones, the few times I've tried them were bad enough to make me never try them again.

Re:Good search results are my reward (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788445)

But on the other hand, as soon as they start giving better results than google, why stick to google? Seen by the current quality of the others that might still take a while, though.

On a different note, if you search and have a google mail window open at the same time, google search sees you as being 'logged in', so I guess your searches get connected to your e-mail address there.

Not just search engines... (2, Interesting)

Jamil Karim (931849) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787651)

Most of you probably already know that iTunes has now given away their grand prize for downloading the billionth iTunes song.

If you weren't familiar with it, iTunes was giving away a $100 iTunes card and a 4GB iPod Nano for every 100,000th song downloaded. The grand prize, though was a 20-inch iMac, 10 5th generation iPods and a $10,000 iTunes card.

Give aways are just a good way to encourage business.

Re:Not just search engines... (1)

scovetta (632629) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787745)

Nice.

$2,000 for the mac, $5,000 for the iPods, and $10,000 in music is $17,000 worth of "winnings". The IRS will want to see roughly $7,000 in cash (they don't take iTunes cards).

Re:Not just search engines... (1)

Jozer99 (693146) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788576)

Lets see, thats 5.1 channel audio on the iMac, plus 10 times 2 channel on the ipods... I can listen to music in 25.1 channel surround!

blingo's model (1)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787654)

Portal Google's results, with your own google adwords for revenue.
Give out trinkets to increase the adword view counts.
Make an 'affiliates program' [blingo.com] similar to the freeiPods.com thing to spread the word.
Not half bad, if you ask me.

If you need traffic, offer $$ (2, Insightful)

amcdiarmid (856796) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787672)

AKA: If no one wants to use your product on it's merits: Offer more.

Can you say Google. Everyone uses them (not everyone, but most) because they are historically good. No one is going to change unless something is drastically better AND they know it. No one will know unless they try some other engine. Ergo, to get traffic people offer "prizes."

Basic PR. Unless the engines are really better than google, everyone will go back (Unless they really pay out the wazoo.)

Good luck to them if they can improve on G. (Although MS may subsidize it just to hurt G. No one else can afford to do that.)

$.02

e-mail, spam (1)

msbsod (574856) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787699)

If you have a problem to provide them your e-mail address, which BTW they need to notify you in case you win, then why not create one of those free accounts for this purpose? For the Microsoft search engine use a Yahoo account and vice versa. If you do not win and someone starts to send spam to the account, then just ignore it. Another fine method, which only works if you are in control of your mail server, is to use one mail account per contact with a specific number, like user101 for MSN and user102 for Yahoo. Later, if you get spam to user101, simply forward all mail addressed to this e-mail address to someone at MSN, like their service department or sales department (they love that). I used this method years ago to fix Amazon and others. It works.

Re:e-mail, spam (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788502)

Another fine method, which only works if you are in control of your mail server, is to use one mail account per contact with a specific number, like user101 for MSN and user102 for Yahoo.
If you control your own mailserver, there are better ways to do this. Postfix (and I think other MTAs) supports a "recipient_delimiter". You can set this to "+" (or even "_") and then use email addresses in the form:
user+example.com@mydomain

All emails in this form are delivered to "user" (the MTA strips off the + and everything that follows it up to the "@"). There is no need to add a separate user or alias each time you need to use a new address. Now one problem is that a lot of websites think that "+" is not a valid character, hence using "_" may be more effective.

Gmail supports a recipient delimeter of "+". I found this out by experimentation.

Blingo, affiliate sites, MLM (1)

mcguyver (589810) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787705)

There are two different stories going on here. One is search engines. MSN & A9(amazon) offer rewards for users of their search engine. Rewards are fully sponsored by search engine companies marketing budgets. This is new. Another story going on here are affiliate sites. Blingo is an affiliate site as is GoodSearch.com. These sites generate revenue by selling their traffic (or so it seems). Blingo will earn a few cents when users click on a sponsored links. Blingo adds another player into this multi level marketing scheme going on. It's not like Blingo is doing the world a favor by passing on free rewards - rather they're passing on a part of their commissions to their users.

This may seem like a distinction without a difference but look at it from an advertisers experience. Would you rather buy clicks on MSN where users are there to search products or would you rather buy clicks from Blingo where users are there only to rack up clicks and receive free iPods? Obviously Blingo & GoodSerach.com are going to generate poor quality traffic. Many companies already do this: ebates, upromise, everyfreegift.

Re:Blingo, affiliate sites, MLM (1)

rjrjr (28310) | more than 8 years ago | (#14789303)

Blingo users are not incented (love that word) to mash on ads. They get no prizes for it. Prizes are awarded at search time, not click through time.

There is no reason to suspect the quality of their clicks.

Also, you don't buy ads on blingo. Them's Google ads, friend.

Not affiliated, just a fan and friend.

Re:Blingo, affiliate sites, MLM (1)

mcguyver (589810) | more than 8 years ago | (#14794080)

So instead of driving up clicks they are driving up impressions and decreasing conversion ratio's for ads. Awesome. A lesser evil.

Re:Blingo, affiliate sites, MLM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14795454)

Why should the conversion ratio for their ads be any less that the ads on google's own search? And why is that evil?

Google:
+ Minimalist site
+ Great reasults
- Ads (clearly marked)

Blingo
+ Minimalist site
+ Great reasults (Same result list as Google)
- Ads (clearly marked)
+ Chance to get stash just for using it

\just sayin

Re:Blingo, affiliate sites, MLM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14796496)

Users on blingo are going to generate searches with no intention of clicking on ads. Ads with low converstion ratios (high impressions, low clicks) are disabled.

I've given up on "Free Stuff" (1)

maillemaker (924053) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787766)

Come on, remember all the pop-ups for "Win a FREE IPOD!", "Win a FREE XBOX!", "Win a FREE DINNER at RED LOBSTER!", etc.

Click on one and you find out that in order to get it you have to buy something or sign up for a credit card or something.

I've come to ignore the "Win a blah blah blah" internet ads.

Steve

Re:I've given up on "Free Stuff" (2, Funny)

Flwyd (607088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787885)

Maybe we should write a popup ad that says "Win Free Software!" When the user clicks on it it downloads Mozilla and turns off popups.

Re:I've given up on "Free Stuff" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14792061)

You sir, are waaay ahead your time.

Not Going To work...... (1)

u16084 (832406) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787792)

Theres just isnt enought incentive.... And "Incentive" not meaning prizes are ipods or cash... Most of my day revolves around Search Engines... With google - I get what i want within the first 5 links. I DONT want to SCROLL all over the damn screen jumping through hoops/mail links/ads and what ever crap they throw at me just to get to a link im looking for.
The ol' saying Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) applies here.

1000 words, eh? (4, Funny)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787818)

MSN is offering free nights at the Four Seasons and other goodies to people who search for one of roughly a thousand terms on a rotating list.

1000 terms, eh? I don't think any Slashdotters will ever win.

Asian sluts [click] ...damn
Teenage sluts [click] ...damn
Paris Hilton blowjob [click] ...damn
Hardcore action [click] ...Damn
MILF [click] ...Damn!
Mail order brides [click] ...DAMN
Mother's Day Presents [click] ...DAMN!
Online dating [click] ...DAMN!!!

Re:1000 words, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14788430)

What is this Mothers Day that you speak of?

Re:1000 words, eh? (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 8 years ago | (#14789706)

How do I build an atomic bomb? [click] ...you win!

However, we've changed your hotel reservations from The Four Seasons to U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Also your reservations were changed from August 22-24 to right the fuck now get in the car you terrorist bastard.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

similar strategy for other websites, too (2, Informative)

slackaddict (950042) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787874)

I have a hardware giveaway that I draw every month on my site... It's a shameless attempt to attract new readers/members and I openly state that. No big deal. Lots of websites do the same thing. At least I giveaway good hardware that geeks like. :-)

please use GoodSearch at least once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14787895)

They only pay once the amount owed is greater that $100, which is like 10,000 searches. Right now NORML is just over $2.00. Let's see if we can get it over $100 by the end of the month. C'mon everyone, do your two cents worth!

Congratulations! (4, Funny)

alx5000 (896642) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787908)

You win a 4 night hotel for seaching on MSN. There you are, enjoying your fine stay, browsing the net with your laptop in your room...

Some guy steps in. You look at him. It reminds you of someone. In your astonishment, you remain quiet. He moves his eyes on to your laptop. His pupils dilate. He begins to speak:

"Just tell me it's not Google".

You nod, frightened as ever. At that point, he picks up a chair and throws it across the room hitting a table you don't care about cause it's the hotel's anyway.

"I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google".

I Registered My Name and E-Mail With Slashdot... (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14787927)

...and all I got was a friggin' Freaks List.

A night at the Four Seasons sounds pretty good by comparison. Sign Me Up!

IWon.com (1)

thehubbell (928572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788048)

Anyone remember the big deal about Iwon.com (or something similar) If you logged in and searched everyday you got points that went into contest and drawings

You FAIL it.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14788359)

Stagnant. As Linux addresses will factO came into as WideOpen, here, But what is market share. Red long term survival Parties). At THE Failure, its corpse

The bubble Returns (1)

moochfish (822730) | more than 8 years ago | (#14788855)

Welcome to the Dot Com Bubble 2.0

Everybody but Google is joining the party.

Marketing promotion (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14789020)

I don't know why everybody is so upset...this is just a regular marketing promotion.

Offer a contest, give away cheap prizes...and get EXTREMELY valuable contact information and increased number of users.

This probably won't last very long either. Only reason its getting a lot of buzz is because all companies involved have excellent PR departments.

humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14789060)

I find this funny: googlesearchandwin.com [googlesearchandwin.com]

SecuriTeam: MSN has hosting partner in France (1)

jjMick (911387) | more than 8 years ago | (#14789358)

SecuriTeam Blogs had entry related to French-based hosting company Jaguar Network on Feb 21th. Blog entry lists WHOIS information about this MSN's partner. The entry is discussing about the risks of registration when using Microsoft's Search & Win too: http://blogs.securiteam.com/index.php/archives/316 [securiteam.com]

I GoodSearch for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (2, Insightful)

billiegirl (956839) | more than 8 years ago | (#14789359)

This is actually very cool.

Life Rolls On Foundation & GoodSearch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14789410)

Here's a nice charity to support - http://www.liferollson.org/site/pp.asp?c=egLLKTNJE &b=79304 [liferollson.org] By the way, GoodSearch does not require any personal data or registration.

iWon FTW (1)

Whom99 (673995) | more than 8 years ago | (#14793872)

Nobody ever seems to remember poor http://iwon.com/ [iwon.com]

This site rewards you with a chance at big money with every click. One Million Dollars on Tax Day!

Seriously, there was a time this company was backed by CBS and mentioned in the same breath with Yahoo. http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/216741 [clickz.com]

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