Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 10:32:59 -0500

From: Grant Barrett gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JERRYNET.COM

Subject: RE American Popular Speech

Some thoughts about your American Popular Speech Online concept:

-- I think I detect some hyperactive overpromoting on your part just for the sake of getting people

interested so I won't really address your way-high estimates of hits per day.

-- I don't imagine that we would be able to pay anyone a cent based on the revenues received from

banner advertising. Being professionally interested in online advertising, I can tell you for certain

that there are oodles of sites receiving 50,000 hits a day (about 10,000 unique visitors) that have a

difficult time finding advertisers.

-- It seems to me that you spend a large part of your day reading yellowed newspapers and

fending off "hi!" chats from 13-year-old AOL users, so you must have some idea of how much

time it would take to put together something like American Popular Speech Online. It's all the

problems of a magazine and a software publisher combined.

-- That said, where do I sign up? I'll donate my time, web server space and my pen.

Grant Barrett


(Barry's original posts enclosed below for reference).