posted on Jul, 26 2011 @ 04:02 PM
Originally posted by CaticusMaximus
I trust nothing that comes from google.
We've mentioned this before, somewhere in a few threads, in the old podcasts, and on ATS Live... but it's worth saying again.
If not for Google, ATS would not exist.
Way back in early 2004, when I was helping Simon grow ATS beyond his shared hosting account, the deal was that I would fund new servers and
initiatives, with the expectation that we'd get some advertising that would pay the bills.
After seven months, no advertising, and my credit card was getting close to maximum -- and Mrs. Overlord close to hitting me with heavy kitchenware.
(And there were related hassles with site drama at the time, making the effort even more difficult to justify.)
Simon and I had a conversation that it looked like the party is over, as the site was getting far too expensive to support without some form of
income. The next day, we were approved for Google AdSense ads. Seriously, the next day. Within a couple months, it was enough to pay the hosting
Sure, there's lots of content on ATS that should inspire us to be wary... but in the end, we are here because of Google.