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Friday, June 24, 2021

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Much like Nature, it seems that the modern-day commercial Web abhors a vacuum. Like all that empty white space on Google‘s homepage, which has long been vaunted as symbolizing the search giant’s no-nonsense approach.

Kiss that goodbye. Google is predictably going down the portal road by rolling out a personalized account system. If you already have a Gmail or Google Groups account, you can personalize your Googling right now.

I could have sworn I said in an earlier post that this was pre-ordained, a pattern that all search sites inevitably resort to. Unfortunately, I can’t find it tonight… But basically, like any other media business, Google is compelled to create a subscriber base, which it can pitch to advertising and marketing partners. Gmail and other non-search offerings were just the groundwork; this is a fuller realization of that.

Obviously, Google eventually will be presenting a default page just as cluttered as Yahoo!’s, with all sorts of advertising and other doodads. I guess they’ll eventually lose focus on search, and some fledgling upstart will fill the newly-created void — until it, too, goes through the portal process, replaying the cycle all over again.

I have been making use of Google’s Personalized page, mainly because it’s a convenient way to keep an eye on my Gmail account. It’s okay so far, but I’m far away from making it a start page.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/24/2005 09:10pm
Category: Internet
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The temperature rarely even approaches freezing. The local team hasn’t played in over a year. And the closest Division I team is 700 miles away.

So naturally, the city of Tampa has landed the NCAA Frozen Four men’s hockey championship for 2012.

I guess being the host of a Stanley Cup champion goes a long way. As does the continued growth of youth hockey, locally and statewide. The Lightning brass was pretty pleased about brining the tourney to the St. Pete Times Forum:

“I think it’s clearly an historic opportunity,” Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. “There’s so many club teams. Hopefully what this does is maybe it gives some of those institutions a little bit of a push that they look at this and say, “Why not take that step? Why not take that step up and play Division I hockey?’ From that standpoint, it’s huge.

“The other thing that’s really important is for youth hockey. Hopefully, it will give some youngster the dream of maybe going to college to play hockey as a realistic opportunity. We all view this as a springboard for the sport and clearly a springboard for the sport in the South.”

Echoed Ron Campbell, Lightning and Times Forum president: “This is a huge win for Hockey Bay, USA.”

I found the participation of one pitchman to the effort to be interesting:

To overcome being a nontraditional college hockey market, Tampa officials stressed a growing number of youth and club programs in the state as well as the region and had a pretty good ambassador to make an impassioned case: Lightning star Martin St. Louis, who played in the Frozen Four while at Vermont.

“It was important to me if I could help the cause to bring the Frozen Four to Tampa … because I think it’s a great place for hockey,” St. Louis said. “How he feels in that market carries a lot of weight with us,” Dean said.

It’s great that Marty did his part. But really, is he even going to still be here in 2012? The nature of a pro athlete’s career is that he’ll move around. Plus, seven years is an eternity for an athletic career; odds are very good he will be retired by then.

So, how to mark time until the Frozen Four gets here…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/24/2005 07:50am
Category: Florida Livin', Hockey
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