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July 15, 2011, 02:08:19 PM
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Something is happening right now that I want to bring to everyone's attention. Maybe it's already out there so if it is please alert me.

You are all probably aware of the PayPay road trip? There's an excellent story linked from Bitcoin Watch here: http://www.bitcoinmoney.com/post/7542341527/paypal-digital-currency-challenge

PayPal is attempting to trump Plato's road trip in an egregious yet subtle way. I didn't put much thought into it initially until I realized they were using the words "digital currency". Obviously this is propaganda warfare and therefore we must pick up our axes (or any other weapon of choice, mine's the keyboard!).

If they can get enough media attention directed towards this (and you know the "establishment" will support them) they can bump Plato's story down the list significantly on any major search engine out there.

Anyone who types "digital currency" in Google will find Paypal, not BTC. I think this is their goal.

We need to support ideas like this http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=28397.0 and get Plato's story out there a little more. Hey maybe we create a Pilgramage Route for others to follow!!! Tell me that wouldn't get news!! Cheesy

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Plato Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/therealplato

Google this over and over for now: The World's First Bitcoin Road Trip edit: please read post #3

Google this: PayPal Attempts Its Own "Bitcoin RoadTrip"‬‏ edit: that's not working well, any help? edit: please read post #3

Ideas, suggestions?
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July 15, 2011, 02:14:05 PM
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Don't worry. Given the recent media coverage on Bitcoin, there are good chances that this will fire back at them.
Expect to read news about "Paypal trying to hijack the Bitcoin wave"


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July 15, 2011, 02:15:54 PM
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Google this over and over for now: The World's First Bitcoin Road Trip

Google this: PayPal Attempts Its Own "Bitcoin RoadTrip"‬‏ edit: that's not working well, any help?

Ideas, suggestions?
Don't do those two suggestions.  There is far more efficient ways to game Google if that is the route you would want to go.  If you want long keyterms, or short ones for that matter, they have programs that will grab your words and terms for you.   But I say leave that to the SEO's, certainly though the people here could be used for something better than searching certain terms though (I do not mean to poo poo the idea and offer no solutions otherwise, I just think that the effort could be placed elsewhere is all)

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July 15, 2011, 02:20:41 PM
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Now in /r/Technology  and Hacker News


Paypal Trying to Hijack the Bitcoin Wave?

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2767438

http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/iqfa7/paypal_trying_to_hijack_the_bitcoin_wave/



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July 15, 2011, 02:53:01 PM
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Hey guys, let's try and make the front page of somewhere today and make sure PayPal's name is right there next to Bitcoin so people can see the better alternative to what PayPal is trying to promote Smiley

http://digg.com/news/technology/paypal_trying_to_hijack_the_bitcoin_wave_of_digital_currency

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July 15, 2011, 03:13:42 PM
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Something is happening right now that I want to bring to everyone's attention. Maybe it's already out there so if it is please alert me.

You are all probably aware of the PayPay road trip? There's an excellent story linked from Bitcoin Watch here: http://www.bitcoinmoney.com/post/7542341527/paypal-digital-currency-challenge

PayPal is attempting to trump Plato's road trip in an egregious yet subtle way. I didn't put much thought into it initially until I realized they were using the words "digital currency". Obviously this is propaganda warfare and therefore we must pick up our axes (or any other weapon of choice, mine's the keyboard!).

If they can get enough media attention directed towards this (and you know the "establishment" will support them) they can bump Plato's story down the list significantly on any major search engine out there.

Anyone who types "digital currency" in Google will find Paypal, not BTC. I think this is their goal.

We need to support ideas like this http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=28397.0 and get Plato's story out there a little more. Hey maybe we create a Pilgramage Route for others to follow!!! Tell me that wouldn't get news!! Cheesy

Basic action items:

Plato Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/therealplato

Google this over and over for now: The World's First Bitcoin Road Trip

Google this: PayPal Attempts Its Own "Bitcoin RoadTrip"‬‏ edit: that's not working well, any help?

Ideas, suggestions?

"Anyone who types "digital currency" in Google will find Paypal, not BTC."

I did just that, and guess what. Bitcoin is #3 on the first page. It's #1 if you search "new digital currency", which is not outside the realm of possibility as a semi-common long tail keyword (phrase) search.

This is my 100th post on this forum. If my calculations are correct, I'm now a full member. Hopefully, my entelligence continues to shine through in each additional posting.




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July 15, 2011, 03:18:14 PM
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"Anyone who types "digital currency" in Google will find Paypal, not BTC."

I did just that, and guess what. Bitcoin is #3 on the first page. It's #1 if you search "new digital currency", which is not outside the realm of possibility as a semi-common long tail keyword (phrase) search.

Signed in, Bitcoin comes up as 3rd result

Signed out on a different machine, comes up as #2, very interesting (not bitcoin.org mind you, but just someone has proper SEO work done on the term).   I can definitely see this as a push for PayPal to grab that term, even if not necessary on purpose, they have the power to take it if no one does anything now while they are setting up history on the internet with the term.

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July 15, 2011, 03:26:04 PM
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Propaganda is what you need when you have a lie to sell.  BTC is superior in so many ways, no wonder pp is scared. We don't need propaganda.

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July 15, 2011, 04:38:28 PM
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something for SE spiders to ponder about
Digital Currency Road Trip
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July 15, 2011, 05:23:15 PM
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Yes that's the link I posted in the OP.

And you're right we don't need propaganda but information sells and we need our information out there so the public can be informed. The German people during WWII would have benefited from better information, no?
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July 15, 2011, 05:30:29 PM
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I know you posted it in OP, I just added few keywords to add more SE worthiness to it Wink
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July 15, 2011, 05:50:11 PM
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I know you posted it in OP, I just added few keywords to add more SE worthiness to it Wink

Ah, right. Thanks  Smiley
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July 15, 2011, 06:12:41 PM
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Everybody knows what DIGITAL CURRENCY is...  Roll Eyes

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July 15, 2011, 08:51:39 PM
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I also noticed an article promoting Paypal on Android as 'P2P':

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/07/paypal-debuts-peer-to-peer-payments-on-smartphones-via-nfcp2p-paypal-payments-coming-via-nfc-capable-phones.ars

Perhaps they mean P2P as opposed to B2B?  Either way, it seems another PR effort to hijack terms associated with Bitcoin.

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July 15, 2011, 09:15:57 PM
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I will do a trip around the Solar System, Moon, Mars, Io.  Virgin Galactic Sposorship??</sarcasm>

and a Trip around the world on BTC (real, and Planing/Thinking about it).

Set up the same thing..
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July 15, 2011, 11:08:59 PM
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i will be going on an interplanetary bitcoin roadtrip.

wish me luck.
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July 16, 2011, 03:53:08 AM
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Everybody knows what DIGITAL CURRENCY is...  Roll Eyes

Everbody knows Bitcoin is THE

DIGITAL CURRENCY

 Grin

btw a little birdy told me


PAYPAL IS A SCAM


On a side note digitalcurrency.com is up for auction on godaddy

https://auctions.godaddy.com/trpItemListing.aspx?ci=44661&miid=20804920&isc=comsale


Perhaps we can form an investment group to buy it ? We could seo the hell out of it.  Cheesy
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July 16, 2011, 04:02:29 AM
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I also noticed an article promoting Paypal on Android as 'P2P':

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/07/paypal-debuts-peer-to-peer-payments-on-smartphones-via-nfcp2p-paypal-payments-coming-via-nfc-capable-phones.ars

Perhaps they mean P2P as opposed to B2B?  Either way, it seems another PR effort to hijack terms associated with Bitcoin.

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