October 11th, 2006

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I've been thinking about ramping down my involvement in click fraud activism. In general, it seems as if most advertisers aren't (yet) unhappy enough to stop using PPC advertising. Perhaps someday, they will be, but it might be many years from now. If I had never done the work that I'd done at AV, I probably wouldn't spend much time on it. (I think one of the reasons I spend as much time on it as I do is, as far as interviews go, I can answer questions about click fraud better than anything else.)

Getting back in touch with some of my old friends and colleagues through LinkedIn has made me wish that my life was like it was when I worked on network protocols, in groups with other software engineers, participated in technical forums, etc.

Anyway, I decided to contact a couple of people I used to interact with. One is a former UCLA grad student; the other writes articles on telecom policy. I sent them some email about click fraud, including links to some of what I've written here and the Tuzhilin report, to get their opinions about it. I don't know how much either actually knows about it, but what they say may have a bearing on how much time and energy I spend on it in the future.
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I had lunch today with one of my friends who I recently caught up with through LinkedIn. Seems he's had some interesting experiences since I last saw him, such as becoming a pilot. I remember at one point wanting to fly (in fact, when I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut), but my vision is too poor. Even if it wasn't, I'm currently so busy with music, dance, etc. that I wouldn't have time for flying. It's also very expensive.

I haven't heard back from any of the people I sent information to on click fraud. I may not hear from them for a while, because they're really busy. I contacted one more person about it – an owner of a network protocol consulting business. A former coworker referred her to me.

One more piece of news: My piano teacher is trying to set aside some time to meet with some of her students. I don't know yet if it will work out because the times potentially conflict with my chorus rehearsals and the Thursday night Starlite dance parties where students get to dance with teachers.