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If you work in digital analytics or SEO, by now you’ve heard about the web tracking phenomenon that is (not provided).

Since the end of 2011, Google has implemented measures to respect the privacy of Internet users on the words and expressions they use on its search engine. Specifically, Google is gradually switching searches to secure mode (SSL / HTTPS) and no longer passes referrer information to the search result website, which means that keyword information is lost.

As of now you can still know the source and medium (Google organic search), but the keyword is replaced with a useless “(not provided)” label.

The impact for marketing and SEO agencies seems enormous. Entire business models based on Google search could collapse.

Or could they?

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The personally-branded domain name just makes more sense, and using my own hosting means I can customize this platform just the way I like it 😉

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French Net blackout against “graduated response”

Paris, February, 25th. Opposing the stubborn and ridiculous will of the French governement to disconnect whole families from the Internet without real proof or trial, La Quadrature du Net issues a call to all freedom-cherishing citizens to a “black-out” of their sites, blogs, profiles, avatars,… As has been done in New Zealand, the only other country with France where the “graduated response” would have been imposed by law, and was finally pushed back: to protest against this stupid law and its “white list” of authorized websites, the French Web must act and dress in black.

New Zealand was so far the only other country besides France where such a stupid law as the “graduated response” was to be voted. In France, upon N. Sarkozy’s will, and defended by the minister of Culture C. Albanel, the “HADOPI” law is soon to be voted at the National Assembly. It just has been repelled thanks to a massive mobilization, during which New Zealand has proceeded to a voluntary “blackout”.

“This is a strong signal that shows the foolishness and dangerousness of this law. The “graduated response” will convict innocent people, without tangible proof and without trial. Artists will not earn more money and it will not change anything to the strategical and structural problems causing the crisis the industries asking for this law are facing.” says Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net. “To go all the way through with this logic of repression, the government said it would filter all public wi-fi accesses to a “whitelist”1 of allowed websites. It doesn’t make any sense. Actions have to be taken to show a huge part of the Web is decided not to become permanently black.”

La Quadrature calls its supports, individuals and organizations, to :

    • Paint their sites, blogs, profiles, mails, comments, or avatars in black, if necessary by using the images put at their disposal2.
    • Display a message explaining the reasons for this protest against an absurd, ineffective and dangerous law which threatens the French web, innovation, and basic freedoms3.






HADOPI - Le Net en France : black-out

“This call is a tribute to New Zealand citizens who were able to make their government hear the voice of reason. This is a remix of an idea which, like culture, exist only to be shared. Those who treat their customers of being “pirates” and the elected representatives who vote their laws are the ones who should be disconnected !”

“The Net was made for and by its users. Some archaic businesses and politicians who try to control it have not yet understood how the Net works. Together we are infinitely more intelligent and powerful and we must show it, act to protect our freedoms and the open architecture of the network. “ concludes Zimmermann, slightly angry.


  1. On this matter, see: “graduated response”: “White list” for a dark age of the Net in France –
  2. Images are available here : More information and contributed images, templates and scripts on the wiki page of the black-out:
  3. Anyone can publish their messages on a dedicated wiki page:
  5. The Political Memory tool is available to find the coordinates of deputies and their votes, especially on the DADVSI law: A help page on how to contact a deputy is also still being improved:
  6. The dossier is available here:, as well as a 2-page synthesis:


Where were you when Obama was inaugurated?

Where were you when Obama became president?Arguably, the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as 44th president of the United States of America will be one of the historic events of our lifetime.

So if your children and grandchildren ask you: “where were you when Obama became president?”, hopefully you’ll have an answer!

Mine is: I was having lunch at a Chili’s in New Jersey 😉

I’m a sucker for speeches and they make me cry all the time. This time was no exception 😉

And if you really must know, I had the spicy shrimp salad with a side of chili and a bottomless cup of Dr Pepper.

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Boza : Bulgarian Breast Boosting Beer!

Apart from the alliteration in ‘B’ in this catchy title, there is yet another reason to welcome Bulgaria  into the European Union 😉

Ananova has an article on Boza, a new Bulgarian beer that has alleged breast-boosting properties.

European men are flocking to Bulgaria to buy ‘breast-boosting beer’ after EU accession led to customs duties on the drink being abolished.

The millet-ale called Boza which is made from fermented wheat flour and yeast is being snapped up by bar owners, shopkeepers and shoppers from across Europe.

They are said to be keen for their wives and girlfriends to benefit from its reported ability to make women’s breasts grow.

Constantin Barbu crossed the Danube from Romania to buy Boza in the Bulgarian border town of Ruse.

He said: “I’ve bought a case for my wife to try out. I really hope I see an improvement.”