Yeah, I know.
I know it feels kind of weird writing a Weekend Musings post when we just have mere hours left of the weekend. But then it is better late than never. Anyway, I got three more things to get off my chest.
The Williams-Sonoma Breakfast Comfort Cookbook
Guess what got delivered to us last week.
We were puzzled why anyone would ever want to send us a cookbook at all. It was a beautiful newly published Williams-Sonoma cookbook called Break Comfort.
It took us a while before we realized that a publisher contacted us a few months ago asking if they could use one of chowtimes’ photos for their publication. We get a few requests like that every now and then and so never thought of it. We don’t care so much for people using our photos just as long as they do the right thing to ask and let us know what it is for. If anyone tries to hotlink our photos without telling us, we will ask the site to take it down. But if they ask up front we are cool with it.
Flipping to page 87, there it was. It was the photo of … the Portage Bay Cafe (in Seattle) we took 2.5 years ago. See the picture below that was on our website.
Well, they took our photo and made it black and white for the book. Kekeke … we’re famous!
New Feature: Subscribe to Comments with Subscribing
I remember that it was just a year ago when Suanne and I get very excited receiving 5-6 comments a day from chowtimes readers. Yeah, we enjoy reading comments a lot. But the past year, the comments left had increased a lot. Some even attracting over 100 comments for one posts.
We realize that chowtimes readers does not just enjoy reading our posts but it is the exchanges from the readers that is also very interesting. So I was thinking of how I could make it easy for all of you to follow the comments and I had implemented a new and very simple feature I hope you will find useful.
Most of you know that you can opt in to receive emails of comments left against a post. However, you could only opt in only if you have left a comment at the same time.
Not any more. See above. Now you can subscribe to receive comments via email without commenting. All you need is to provide an email address and click on subscribe and you will receive an email each time there is a new comment on that post.
But a word of caution! Please be aware that you could get a LOT of emails especially if you subscribe to a post which have dozens of emails. You could get overwhelmed because the comments are delivered in ONE EMAIL for ONE COMMENT. So if you get overwhelmed, don’t blame me OK? LOL!
Anyway, you have total control over your subscription. Once you had subscribed to the comments, you have a link that says “Manage Your Subsription” which you can use to remove the subscription.
Win a 32GB Apple iPod Touch from Kooperz.com
I am doing a call out of a website for a friend of a friend. And just in case someone is waiting to spring on chowtimes saying “Aha! Paid Advertisement!”, don’t. We are not paid anything for this. We don’t cheapen chowtimes by accepting payments.
Well, let’s put it this way … if people pays us $10,000 for doing it, yeah, we’ll bend over. LOL!
OK. Kooperz.com is giving away a 32GB Apple iPod Touch just by subscribing to receive their deals. So easy. You got nothing to lose!
Kooperz is like Groupon. I am sure everyone is so familiar with Groupon and all the other similar sites too.
Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website. I am not sure if they pioneer in this area but they certainly is the biggest of them all. You would have noticed that Groupon advertise themselves very aggressively on Google Ads especially.
You see, the name of the game in deal-of-the-day websites is subscribers. The more subscribers you have the stronger you are. Groupon has 35 million subscribers!
But the thing is Groupon’s business model is so easily copied. Every Tom, Dick and Harry could start up one but of course getting the mass of subscribers necessary is another thing. So these days we all see so many of such sites that I can’t even keep track of it. There are hundreds of such sites in the world today but Groupon is still #1.
Three months ago, Yahoo offered to acquire Groupon for $3 billion. Groupon refused. A month later the mighty Google plonked down $5.3 billion on the table and Groupon also turned that down.
So greedy. So stupid. You don’t spurn Google. Not when your business model can be copied by a small startup. The news leaked just a few days ago. Google is gonna put the entire weight of the corporation to create their own — Google Offers! Now, Groupon is in serious trouble if you ask me. Think about it … Google can out advertise Groupon. For subscriptions, Google has in their possession 193 million active gmail users that they can build on. Google Analytics, Google Maps, Google Adsense, Google Checkout … all these products can be leveraged in making Google Offers more than what Groupon could dream to be.
If I were Groupon, I’ll pick up the phone right now and call Larry Page with a 50% deal-of-the-day discount … before it’s too late.