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Manhattan loft: $875k, Dog: $11Million, WebHosting Ad: priceless

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Have a spare $11,000,000 and love big furry white dogs? (Read the alt text.) Don’t forget to tell them Shane Curcuru sent you, even though I’m really a cat person myself.

How to make money on the internet

  1. Have a blog that gets some hits. You can’t get anywhere to start with unless you have at least some audience.
  2. Write amusingly. Funny blog posts – for varying definitions of funny – get more traffic.
  3. Include plenty of links on semi-relevant subjects. If it’s funny enough, and seems relevant enough, people will click through over time.
  4. Walk the fine line of being amusing and shilling. Too obvious a hard sell and you’ll lose quality readers. Too soft, and people will think you’re being ironic and aren’t seriously selling anything.
  5. Oh, and have something to sell.

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Yes, I like Dreamhost; I don’t bother linking to sites I don’t actually like. No, I haven’t had any problems with Dreamhost (meaning I can’t comment on their conflict resolution). No, I haven’t done more than host blogs at DreamHost yet (meaning I can’t comment on their nuclear technology skills).

Holy Twittering, Batman!

What non- entertainment or high technology personage could amass over 7,000 followers in less than 15 hours on Twitter?

No, not him, or her, or any of them.

It’s the Dalai Lama on Twitter! Excuse me, I apologise – he is more properly referred to as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Good luck to him!

HT2TimBray.

With apologies in advance for pondering crass materialisim on a subject like this, but: how much do you think Twitter’s valuation increases when such a prominent and non-technology figure signs up to use Twitter on an active basis?