At a party last week, I noticed that either our concept is becoming more mainstream or my schtick is getting more comprehensible, as I had several folks actually chasing me around trying to learn more, and no one giving me the "Big Brother" objection to our content serving and ad measurement mechanisms.
Adoption of that is one of the bigger bets in our business plan. When future questions arise, I’m going to start handing out Fred Wilson’s post, "Tracking is good":
It’s the future of advertising and it’s great for everyone.
Marketers love it because it makes their ad spend more
Publishers love it because it monetizes their pages better.
And consumers love it because the ads become content instead
Signal over noise. That’s what we all want. And
tracking is the way to get it.
So track my behavior please.
Read the whole thing. As to some of the "ick" debate in the comments, the key is that it really has to make the customer experience better. I think Amazon manages that. Google does not.We’d better.