$20 million to use Google
Ian Lurie Sep 1 2006
I typically keep this blog politics-free, and I’m not aiming this at any one party. I’m sure both sides of the aisle are equally clueless. But this story is too much:
The contract offers $20 million and ‘calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media’.
For $500,000 I’ll teach them to use Google. And maybe even teach them to use a blog for the ‘Arabic version of the multinational force’s web site’.
I can save the federal government $19,500,000 in one fell swoop. Long live internet marketing…
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More