Happenings Around The Net

I got some T shirts coming in from Dirty Microbe, home of the World’s best shirts & stuff. I don’t know which shirts they’re sending me but I plan to give them all away. Need contest ideas! Suggestions please.

WootAgent is now out of private beta and available for download. If you’re a Wooter, you’ll want the agent.

Came across Spotplex yesterday via TechCrunch. Looks like an interesting service and signed up. Instead of you submitting your own stories to be voted on, sites that want to participate include some javascript code on their site, which monitors what stories/posts are read. The more times a story is read, the higher it appears in Spotplex. Very popular stories will make it to the Spotplex home page.

I found someone to review the OhMiBod. She is the perfect girl for the job too. Her name is Amanda and this is the only picture you will get of her. It was taken at a party with the Blue Brothers during CES 2002. No wonder they pulled her up to the stage to dance!


Douglas Karr made a widget that shows your Technorati ranking on your blog. It’s pretty neat.

My friend Fudo, who used to work for The Inquirer, has started his own IT website call Fudzilla. I guess Fudo.com was taken.

It’s great that so many readers have ordered ReviewMe (aff) reviews. However, it would have been better if you didn’t order them all on the last day. Now I have a backlog and it’s going to be a lot of work balancing the ReviewMe posts with the normal posts. Because readers ordered the reviews, I don’t want to reject them because you guys are the reason for the success of this blog. Luckily, ReviewMe is allowing me to 150 hours to post the review after I accept them so I’ll try to space them as best I can.

67 thoughts on “Happenings Around The Net”

  1. Nik Agarwal says:

    That spotplex service seems interesting. I think I may like their philosophy better than Digg.com.

    1. I don’t know about “better” but it’s a similar idea – just without the voting.

      As for the picture of Amanda, I laughed out loud when I read her shirt! I realize that the picture was taken in January, but you couldn’t have picked a better picture!

  2. Tyler says:

    I know of an Amanda that would wear a shirt like that! πŸ˜†

    I’ll have to take a peek over at Spotplex later since it’s time for bed! I just had modify my site a bit because I changed domains. I might want to follow your foot steps John!

    1. derrich says:

      But does she have nipple rings? 😯

      1. ❓ Why would you ask that!? This Amanda doesn’t…

        1. Stephen says:

          Do you know that for sure? 😈

          1. Well, no…

            But looked at that picture very closely…

  3. Jeff Kee says:

    Awww darn. Looks like Jane and Kumiko are off the hook.. πŸ˜₯

    1. As much as I was sticking up for the girls, I am a bit heartbroken too πŸ˜₯

      1. Jane May says:

        haha..I’ll take that as a compliment, what about you Kumiko?? πŸ˜†

        1. Michael Kwan says:

          Poor Kumiko. She even started a campaign on her blog to get John to vibrate! πŸ™‚

          1. I saw that banner – hilarious! I think pink is the perfect color for the background too!

        2. Kumiko says:

          I’ll take it as a compliment. You know, I’d actually gone out and bought one myself and filmed a video of me testing it to send to John….but I guess he won’t be needing it now. πŸ˜₯ {video deleted}


          1. derrich says:

            Way to go, John!!! Ruin everyone’s fun!!! πŸ‘Ώ

        3. haha real funny.. It went along well, although John looks a little ‘stern’! looks like one has to “Put Some Colour in Those Cheeks” yea?

          1. Right, it almost looks like he needs a little release!

    2. Jane May says:

      Sorry to dissapoint, but this might be for the best πŸ™„

  4. John, how did you sign up for Spotplex? Did you have an invitation code?!

    I just tried, the site is still in beta and not accepting people without an invite πŸ™

  5. Adam says:

    Hey John,

    Not to be a pain but do you have an invite code for Spotplex.com?

    How about helping out a fellow BC Resident. πŸ™‚

  6. John Chow says:

    You have to email them for an invite code. [email protected]

    I think they are giving away 1000 invites.

    1. Wow, that is pretty limited membership. Acknowledgeable since the site is still in Beta. Interesting concept to utilize for your site.

      1. Thanks for the info! I fired off an email right way.

        I’d love to get in on this before it goes public!

        1. Yea I have submitted mine as well. Hopefully I get a reply too.

  7. Kumiko says:

    Does this mean my ‘Make John Chow Vibrate’ campaign at my site is over? I just ordered the t-shirts!!!! πŸ˜‰


    1. They might still come in handy, you will never know. Bring on the shirts! 😈

    2. Jane May says:

      Dang, I was looking forward to some of those shirts!

    3. Dan1el says:

      Anyone wanna chip in for a ReviewMe for the OhMiBod πŸ˜‰

      You know it’d be worth it.

    4. I’m sure you could still sell of the shirts (assuming you weren’t joking), I bet there’s a small market for them!

    5. Well, what about just sending one over to John and capture him in the picture wearing it? Gee.. That would be some blog promotion for you.

    6. Matthew says:

      john is passing off the review, ya know he’s keeping it for himself :-p

  8. HMTKSteve says:

    I got a code from spotplex but I didn’t get any javascript, just an image…

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      That’s weird. I sent in a request last night. Let’s hope I get in!

    2. Is there a support email address you could contact?

  9. Scott Howard says:

    can someone give me an invitation code for Spotplex?????

    1. Raghu CS says:

      It is in one of the comments above – but I guess any of the 1000 invites would still be available

      1. Since there are already 28 comments on the original article, and the thousand of readers on this site (plus who knows how many other blogs link to the TechCrunch’s article), chances might be slim…

        I registered anyway, I’ll let you all know if I get in!

    2. John has already gave the know-how to obtain the code.
      “You have to email them for an invite code. [email protected]

  10. Raghu CS says:

    The level of beta products where registration seems to be on invite only seem to be increasing !!

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Remember when this was the case with Gmail and everyone wanted an invite?

      1. I do, but I also remember have 10, then 50, the 100 invites to give out with Gmail. It seemed like everyone had a Gmail account will it was still beta!

  11. Doug Karr says:

    Thanks, John!

    I’m going to modify the widget a bit to cache the value for an hour or so. Right now it hits Technorati’s 500 call daily allotment (That’s when you see it change to an “Add me to your Favorites”. Look for a WordPress Plugin soon with it!


    1. I tried to implement Doug’s code on my site and I made the necessary changes, but it didn’t work…

      Maybe I’ll try again today, now that I’m wake enough!

  12. jim says:

    Why don’t readers just skip the middle man and request a review directly from you?

    1. Do you mean doing a ReviewMe review on yourself?!

      Wouldn’t that be dishonest to your readers?!

      1. No, I guess he means that he would rather John wrote the reviews than anyone else.

        1. Oh, I see.

          I wonder if they’re getting paid to do the review, but I know we’ll never know that answer.

    2. You would realize that John would rather want someone else to do the review on ‘OhMiBod’. If it were me, why ever not?

    3. Michael Kwan says:

      I think that when advertisers request a ReviewMe review, they’re much more interested in the exposure the post would get than the actual content of the review itself. If I posted Blain’s Stock Trading 101 on my site, he wouldn’t have gained the same level of exposure as he did by posting the same words on John’s blog…. for example.

    4. John Chow says:

      Because for the month of Feb. reviews were 50% off and all the money went to the review site. ReviewMe made nothing. So there was really no middle man.

  13. Ryan says:

    When can we expect to see the video John?


    1. * Grins. Do we seriously expect to see one in the makings? Probably not. But I am expecting more pictures on the product itself in the review. πŸ˜‰

  14. Manthem says:

    Can expect a video demonstration with the OhMiBod? I fell it will be the only accurate way to truly understand how this product works,

    1. Ah hem.. Would it not be restricted to ‘mature’ audience only? Although I believe words paint a thousand pictures as well. No video, please!

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        How about a link to the video with a NWS warning?

  15. Looking forward to the review of OhMiBod πŸ˜‰

  16. Gregg says:

    Looks great to me!! Can’t wait πŸ˜€

  17. Marc says:

    I hope they send you a box of these. That’s my favourite shirt on there. Though they may send you a variety pack. Will be interesting to see.

  18. Matthew says:

    how many more reviews are there? jeez lol

    1. This one I’m looking forward to πŸ˜‰

  19. mao says:

    I have the perfect contest idea.
    You find a place on google earth and we have to find it.
    Or better ask who will find the strangest think on google earth (too easy though).

    Ok now that you’ll use my ideas send me a tshirt.Maybe that one on the photo.With her inside.

    1. That contest has been done a few times but Google Earth (I think). Sorry to burst your bubble!

      1. mao says:

        Well..not here on JC.com

  20. Shawn Knight says:

    Sporting a shirt like that, I am sure she would know a think or two about vibrating apparatuses πŸ˜†

  21. Ajith says:

    Hi John seems like Spotplex is really good Im gonna try it out By the way when will we be able to see the Video review of OhMyBod

  22. Stuart says:

    Wow, very nice widget man. Thanks.

  23. zaki says:

    hmmm very interesting and stimulating photo you have there 😯 πŸ™„

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