> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Cummings [mailto:rob...@interjinn.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:22 PM
> To: Matijn Woudt
> Cc: Daevid Vincent; PHP-General
> Subject: Re: [PHP] Re: Programmers and developers needed
> On 12-09-18 02:12 PM, Matijn Woudt wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM, Daevid Vincent <dae...@daevid.com>
> wrote:
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: Matijn Woudt [mailto:tijn...@gmail.com]
> >>>
> >>> You're missing the most important aspect of social networks..
> Advertising.
> >>
> >> Please tell me that is said sarcastically. Advertising is the cancer of the
> internet. There was a time when there weren't ad banners, interstitials, pop-
> ups, pop-unders, spam, and all the other bullshit you have to sift through on
> a daily basis.
> >>
> >
> > No,  I was not meant to be sarcastic. You might find advertising to be
> > the cancer of the internet, think again. The internet would be pretty
> > much dead without ads, or would you rather pay $0.01 per Google search
> > query? $0.01 for each e-mail send, $0.01 for each news article you
> > want to read, etc, etc? (or more related, $0.01 for each facebook
> > message you want to send/read?)
> >
> > In the end, good advertising means success, take the drop of facebook
> > shares because of the investors being worried about facebooks'
> > advertising possibilities.
> History suggests the internet would be here without advertising since it
> originated without advertising, originally grew without advertising, and 
> finally
> evolved into this mixed blessing we have today. There's plenty of greatness
> on the internet, there's also plenty of steaming piles of manure.
> Cheers,
> Rob.

Yeah, it grew out of government funding before advertising via educational 
institutions and the military. Would you rather have a free economy supported 
internet or a government controlled internet? Also, for those of us who are old 
enough to remember posting to text based bulletin boards, the influx of 
corporate money has greatly increased the infrastructure and functionality of 
the internet and has helped to make it a global phenomenon, which a government 
supported internet may have never become. Money makes all things possible. If 
you don't think so, try building a server farm and hooking up to a trunk line 
without it. My two cents. Now, I'm broke.

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