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Sun Apr 1 09:07:02 UTC 2007

"For Google, which ranked No. 7 a year ago, the jump to the top
underscores how quickly the web search leader has become an everyday
name. The company uses relatively little advertising, instead relying
on word-of-mouth promotion." astounding verification if ever I saw one.

On 4/24/07, Marco Ostini <m.ostini at> wrote:
> linuxaus.1.tracyanne at wrote:
> > Word of mouth is a dismal failure.
> If by 'dismal failure' you mean astonishing success, then yes it's a
> 'dismal failure'.
> C'mon, let be serious for a moment. Word of mouth is one of the best and
> highest prized forms of marketing. Personal testimonial is worth any number
> of 'sexy' TV adds that normally encourages viewers to change the channel.
> Even a large proportion of adds and info-tainment on TV pretends to be
> personal testimonial. It works.
> "Tux500" is a novel but disproportionate and unworkable idea. It would
> provide appallingly poor value for money.
> Linux on the desktop _is_ growing due to community effort, and the FOSS
> community would benefit significantly more from software freedom days and
> vendors endeavours like 'Ubuntu Open Week', than a car going around and
> around on a track with a penguin on it.
> The desktop is also not the only significant market, but let's not debate that.
> Please, lets now put the proposed "Tux500" to rest.
> Cheers,
> Marco
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