I try and stick to IP Telephony here, and unlike my offscreen personality,am almost always serious here. But it is a sunny summer Saturday (not too many of those left, BTW), so I thought I would show my sense of humor by telling you a short, true and funny story.
On Tuesday, I wrote a post entitled "Why E911 acknowledgement PITA factor will help Skype and other softphoners."
I used the term "PITA" to describe why some consumers deluged with VoIP E911 warnings and disclaimers might throw up their hands and then opt for Internet phone services from softphone providers likely not to be subject to the same restrictions.
And I am sure you know what I meant by "PITA."
So last night I am checking one of those blog search engines and ...
OK, I should explain something first. Here in the blog world, we are familiar with Blog "scrapers." These are not real blogs with original postings, but blogs that search the Blogosphere and Web for certain keywords. Then, when these scrapers find a Blog post or thread with that keyword, they post it.
I am of two minds about this. If they mark the post with a link to the blog they scraped it from, I suppose that doesn't hurt. But sometimes these "resources" are in business only to get Google AdSense dollars from clicks spawned by the outside blog entries they scoop up.
So back to last night. I am searching for recent blog pickups of some of my posts when I come across an interesting Blog called Bread Lovers.
For the record, I am a "bread lover." So I click on the Bread Lovers page cited in my Blog search engine results page, and I come up with a description of, and a link to my E911 PITA post.
I guess that whoever is doing Bread Lovers has a script set up to look for all occurrences of the word "pita." As in "pita bread," of course.
And, judging by the ads they pulled down, maybe they are making some bread, too.
What would really be a "PITA" is if Bread Lovers finds and indexes this post you've just read.