Warm Weather and Great Tits
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Thu Oct 22 03:54:44 EDT 2009
back to the grassy knoll?
2009/10/22 P. J. Alling <webstertwentysix at gmail.com>:
> Doug Brewer wrote:
>> John Francis wrote:
>>> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 04:18:42PM -0400, paul stenquist wrote:
>>>> On Oct 21, 2009, at 2:26 PM, Bob W wrote:
>>>>> I reckon the BBC sub-editor enjoyed writing the headline.
>>>> Yep. And I'm surprised it was published.
>>> So am I.
>>> Not because I suspect the BBC of prurience - by British standards
>>> the word "tit" doesn't even raise an eyebrow.
>>> But by now the name of the game is eyeballs. Almost all news
>>> outlets with a web presence have a person whose job title is
>>> something like "search engine optimiser". The goal is to make
>>> sure that when somebody enters a web search, your page shows
>>> up in the list (and shows up as early as possible).
>>> That means you should avoid words in titles and headlines
>>> that may fall foul of any filters. A list of such words
>>> would most definitely include "tit".
>>> Unfortunately this also means that you should avoid attempts
>>> to be witty, avoid using most nicknames, etc., etc. your
>>> headline should say "Elvis is dead", not "The King has passed".
>> what? Elvis is dead?
> No, he's just gone home.
> The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or
> drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a
> damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is
> not a free man any more than a dog.
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