San Francisco has a long history of activism and brave individuals
championing the cause of society's downtrodden. So it's only natural
that in today's economy-obsessed times, the City by the Bay has spawned
a hero for Wall Street's current whipping boy: the Internet.
SF-based online marketing guru Michael Tchong declared April 3 - the
one-year anniversary of the Nasdaq's 349-point dive - 'Back the Net
Day.' Tchong's well-publicized promotion urged Internet users to save
the Web from extinction by purchasing something online, donating money
to an online charity, sending a virtual card through BlueMountainArts or
buying a share of e-commerce stock.
More than a few media outlets pointed out that Tchong, who publishes an
online publication about Internet marketing, stands to personally profit
from the publicity surrounding such an event. After all, if all the
dot-coms die, where will anyone place those banner ads his publication
'I just happened to be the one who came up with the idea,' he sniffed.