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News of YouTube’s big announcement called for this morning had people thinking.  Were Google going to respond to the pressure of lower click through rates and include more ads.  Others thought live streaming was on the way, but no, none of this came true.

Big news… MORE API Keys!!

Ok, so there will be more YouTube everywhere else, more customization, more more more, but certainly not the announcement we were waiting for.  I’m not the only one that is disappointed.

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There are two sides to every story, and as a web users, I am torn on this one. Do advertisements bug me or not? For a long time, I wondered why Frank over at PostSecret didn’t monetize his site, then I realized this is something he is proud of, boasting The PostSecret website is the largest advertisement-free Blog on the web in his footer. In a day and age when people will buy ad space pretty much anywhere, it’s nice to have a haven on a popular site, that sticks with their original aim, rather than supplementing their income through ads.

Perhaps PostSecret is starting to re-think their strategy. At the end of this weeks post, I noticed they were plugging their book on Amazon. I assume that this is an affiliate link and will generate some income, but would they really change their no-ad policy if they don’t make enough Christmas dollars?

BBC news is a site that changed their policy recently, and started to include banner ads for all users viewing the site from anywhere other than the UK. British users are assumed to have paid their TV license fees which fund the network, so it’s nice that their only making money out of the expats and foreign readers.

I don’t sell ads on this site. None of the content or reviews are paid for, this my my space for my web-rant. I want to keep it that way. On the other hand, I have another four or five blogs, one of which is fair game. Offer me the dollars and I will do anything over there. When I’m browsing, it’s rare that I will click a banner, and I have totally tuned out the sponsored links that all sorts of people will try and feed me – but the advertising field is getting sneaky and keeps track of web trends.

The odd add here and there is great, go promote, increase your SEO or direct traffic, but it’s nice to see there are some sites out there that are true to their aims and creating an income from their blog comes second. Props to you Frank, I like they way you have your priorities!

Today, it is all about the Kindle. TechCrunch gave it a triple posting yesterday, and then again over at CrunchGear, and I can understand what all the hype is about – but I really don’t care. Perhaps it is all a little bit too ‘Minority Report’ for me, or perhaps I am more old fashioned that I thought I was – I never want one of these.

I like books. Right now I am getting through a paperback a week, and it’s not just the act of reading that gives me pleasure, but I like to own the books too. I like having books all over my apartment, on the coffee table, lining the walls and piled up on my end table. I don’t like the thought of having all my books PDF’d and stored on various hard drives and servers. I like to sit at the back of a bus on a park bench and turn the pages of my favorite novel and soak up the literature.

So far, feedback on the Amazon page (http://amazon.com/kindle) is mixed, it has a 2.5 rating after 300+ reviews, and beta testers seem to love it. $400 is a bit steep though, and the must haves of the digital age come with a hefty price tag. Add up the cost of the cellphone, mp3 player, camera and now the ebook reader, and you’d probably want to get in touch with an insurance broker.

To top it all off, I am not the only one that thinks it is as ugly as hell!  Was the design inspired by the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

Maybe the kindle will be the next ipod (crap product, great marketing?), or perhaps it will disappear like the mini disc, time will tell.