Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Google to offer more click fraud protection

Google to offer more click fraud protection
By Elinor Mills Staff Writer, CNET
Published: February 28, 2007, 9:01 PM PST

From the article: Beginning next month, Google plans to give advertisers the ability to prevent their pay-per-click ads from being shown to competitors suspected of repeatedly clicking on the ads to drive up their cost.

The move, to be announced in Google's AdWords blog on Thursday, is an effort to curb click fraud, which involves generating clicks solely for the purpose of increasing the cost of an advertiser's pay-per-click ad.

I number of people that I talk to about AdWords always seem to have the same question about competitors clicking their ads and costing them money so this is an article that can help some of you understand how seriously Google is taking click fraud and working to avoid it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New website for the American Victory

We have been quietly working pro-bono on a new website for the SS American Victory Mariner’s Memorial and Museum Ship. The previous website also designed by Dynamic Creations had served the ship well but was long overdue for a revamp as the American Victory had outgrown it's original layout and structure.

The new website, designed by University of South Florida Senior, Fatin Jacob and built out by Dynamic Creations was the culmination of efforts by Dynamic Creations and the American Victory's volunteer leadership to make the new site more user friendly and visually appealing.

To view the website, click here.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Play with Legos = Plan Tampa Bay's future!

Anyone who knew me in the preteen years can testify that Legos were the lifeblood of my childhood. Anyone who know me today knows that quality of life in Tampa Bay is a top priority for me.

Today the Tampa Tribune made me aware that someone had decided to combine the two for me!

Citizens Can Help Plan Lay Of Land

Here's a short description of the exercise from the Realty Check Tampa Bay website (

"The tabletop exercises are designed to increase awareness and to educate about the interrelationships among regional land use, transportation systems, and natural resources. Participants, led by trained facilitators, join 10-person groups to use a detailed map to plan future growth by placing Lego® building blocks to represent additional homes and jobs. These individuals are asked to determine where new residents will live and new employment will locate. "

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Best High School American Government Class

I have followed the high school "Ought to be a Law" contest the last three years and was very pleased to see that it had grown to be a countywide. This program started at my Alma mater, Gaither High School by my neighborhood's State Representative, Kevin Ambler and personal friend Senator Victor Crist as a lesson in civics for students.

The concept of allowing students to actually introduce a real bill with the potential to become law seems so simple it is amazing it is not actually part of the curriculum. What better way to engage students in the process then letting them watch it happen.

I remember my American Government classes pretty well and even though I enoyed the subject personaly I still remember the whole "how a bill becomes a law" lession being ambiguous in nature since its a concept that even many adults don't quite get.

Here's a link to the complete St Pete Times article:
Students compete to turn bills into laws By ELISABETH DYER Published February 9, 2007

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Julie Brown, Young Professional & Candidate

I recently launched a website for Julie Brown who is running for Tampa City Council, District 4 in the upcoming election on March 6, 2007.

In addition to working on her campaign website I have also begun volunteering on Saturday mornings by walking for her in the neighborhoods of South Tampa.

It has proven to be a great experience and an opportunity to get to know a wonderful person who will make a great leader for the city.

Julie is mother, wife, active citizen and attorney but most importantly to me; at 31 Julie is a young professional living in Tampa Bay. She is in tune with what we as young professionals are looking for in a city where we are establishing careers and deciding to settle down, grow some roots and start families.

As a candidate she is approachable, energetic, optimistic and level headed. She is someone that you can feel comfortable with quickly and is sincere when you talk with her.

I have only known her a couple months but am certainly glad I have had that chance and hope you will take the time to get to know her as well.

Her campaign website is,