The following fake press release appeared on my desk this morning: (Tampa, Fla. -- Oct. 2, 2007) The National Association of Tired Ideas today issued a brief statement noting the death of online real estate lead generation. Lead Generation, which emerged on the scene scarcely 10 years ago, met its demise on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 a.m. on a template Web site belonging to Don "The Deal Maker" Davies, an agent who "goes the extra mile for his clients," but rarely checks his e-mail. "I noticed a glitch in our lead system and found that it was trying to pass along the name 'Boris Yeltsin' to Mr. Davies," said Steve Hendstrom, the attending technician. "I tried everything I could to free up the system, but in the end, all I could get it to do was belch, make a clanging sound, and utter th...
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