Thursday, November 01, 2007

Getting the Most From Hot-Wirers

I wasn’t brought into the myspace community by a friend or acquaintance – I was brought in by a stranger who had hot-wired an image off my website and onto his profile page. When I tried to follow the link from awstats to the culprit’s page, I learned that I had to be a member to do that. So, I signed up.

At first, I reacted with vengeance. I renamed the hot-wired images so that those who were using them were left with empty image boxes on their pages. Then, I got a better idea. Since these folks were using my images without asking and without giving me any credit, I decided to add some promotional text to each hotwired image. In most cases, this amounted to my domain name – Below is a partial list of sites currently carrying my modified billboards. Who knows, one day my brand might be as recognizable as Coca Cola or Campbell Soup.

Man Ray’s photo of Salvador Dali is very popular. Here are three sites currently tapped into it:

From my pool photos these have been hijacked:
Savchenko's Billiards -
Laurel and Hardy -
Rat Pack -
Rat Pack -
Corner Pocket by Steve Mills -

Many prefer to spruce their sites up with pics of their favorite musical artists. Here are 3 Rolling Stones fans:

An Amy Lee/Evanescence fan:

One Dean Koontz fan:

And here are a couple hot-wirers whose guarded pages forbid access:

The following sites are freeloading small pics, 50 pixels wide. They’re too small to work on really, so, I haven’t changed them. If I had originally converted them to gifs, I could animate them now; but I didn’t, so I can’t. Live and learn.

Nirvana -
Nirvana -
Green Day -
Green Day -
Dale Jr. -
Janis Joplin -
Tupac Shakur -
Jerry Garcia -


THE ANiTOKiD said...

Hi! My name is Leslie Mapugay, aka The AnitoKid. I am seeking out possible link partners that my visitors would be interested in visiting. I've found your website to be a very good fit. I have already gone ahead and added your link to my website at

I am contacting you to see if it is ok to have done so. Also, I would like to ask if you wouldn’t mind linking back to my site? If so, please use the linking details below and send me the location of our link on your website.

Here are our linking details:

Title: The AnitoKid
Description: A business analyst and information scientist’s take on billiards and Philippine Sports.

My site currently has a PR4 and I've got several PR5, 6 and 7 websites linked to it, thus, we could expect the blog to become at least a PR5 soon and will eventually become a 6 or 7 in next few months. The site has also won a number of prestigious awards, i.e., Most Emerging Influential Blog Award for 2007 (Top 8) and Grand Prize Winner of the SM Hypermarket Bloggers Writing Contest. I am also happy to tell you that the site is the first and only Filipino-owned blog certified by Seeking Alpha, the leading provider of stock market opinion and analysis.

I hope this can be a way for us to benefit our visitors with excellent content. Hope to hear from you soon. Mabuhay from the Philippines!

Sincerely yours,
The AnitoKid

A brief profile on the AnitoKid

Name: Leslie Mapugay aka Champ
Occupation: Business Analyst, Financial Analyst, Information Scientist
Hobbies: Billiards and photography. Secretary of the Makati Square Billiards Association and a proud and active member of the Makati Pool Players Association, D’Professionals, National Billiards Association, and Stiradors.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

Much thanks for the speedy reply and action, Ace!