Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:
From The SEW Blog...
Belgium Fight: Show Me The Money, Not The Opt-Out, Say Publishers
I've had a long talk with the group that so far has successfully sued Google in Belgium over indexing, a talk that leaves me thinking they don't fully understand how search engines work and why their arguments over copyright infringement will ultimately fail. Then again, the case is really about trying to convince Google it should pay to carry their news content. A closer look at all this in the story below, as well as an update on the situation in general, including an appeal for Google that's been granted....
Google Results As If You Are In Another Country
This morning at the Search Engine Roundtable, I reported that you can now easily Check Your Google Results in Any Country. How? Well, go to oy-oy.eu/google/world/ and then select the locations you want to compare side by side. Danny and I tested this out and it seems to be working well. Danny is in the UK and I am in the US, we searched on liar in Google.com, both not signed in to Google. I then compared the results Danny saw on his screen and I saw on my screen, with a side by side comparison of the US location...
Unchanging Search Interface
Why Search Sucks & You Won't Fix It The Way You Think from me on my personal blog Daggle covers a session I did at Euro Foo Camp this week. It looks at how the search interface of major search engines has largely stayed unchanged over time. We're still using what I call the "DOS of Search." Interestingly, the Google Base change that just happened is a unique event -- the first major search engine to have an important property without that all-important search box on the home page. For me, it's just another sign of how Google Base is...
The Need For Search Ad Revenue To Stand Alone
Has the search bubble popped, given Yahoo's warning yesterday about declining ad revenue? That warning generated a stock plunge that has hit both Yahoo and Google. No, it's probably not a search bubble. Instead, it's a lesson in the danger of not breaking out search ad revenue from other forms. Exactly as Robert Scoble notes here, the ad slip at Yahoo is not necessarily a search ad problem. What Robert calls "banner ads" is more specifically display advertising, graphical ads that are not pay-per-click text ads that show up in response to a search. Yahoo has a much bigger display...
Webmaster Central's Vanessa Fox & Amanda Camp Interviewed
Seattle 24x7 has an excellent conversation with Vanessa Fox and Amanda Camp of Google on Google Webmaster Central and working at Google. Both Google women began working at Google in April of 2005 in Seattle. They discuss the conception of Google Webmaster Central (also known as Google Sitemaps). The discussion also goes into the 20% time and recruiting Google women. You can see a picture of the "Seattle's Sisters of Search" also....
Microsoft To Enter Chinese Market With China Telecom
People's Daily Online reports in Microsoft opens search market with China Teleco that Microsoft is starting push their way into the Chinese search market through a new deal with China Telecom. China Telecom China's is said to be China's largest "network operator and internet provider, providing 25 million customers with broadband service. It has more than 80 million internet users and over 400 city portal webs." The deal, in some way, will give the 25 million customers Live Search features (not sure how exactly). As we noted earlier, Baidu is rocking in China, Google is doing OK and Yahoo is...
Base Drops Search Box As Part Of Usability Improvements
The Google Base Blog announced that they have updated the Google Base home page to make it easier to use. Garett Rogers over at Googling Google has a deeper look at those changes. Basically, merchants were confused on the different options available to them, so Google made it clearer. A significant change from a searcher's standpoint is that they have removed the search box from the Google Base home page. You can still search, but you need to be within Google Base already to do so, such as from the dashboard. This makes it probably the first Google search product...
Teams Up With Gore's Current TV
The news is buzzing about the Current TV and Yahoo partnership. Current TV, founded by Al Gore, and Yahoo announced the launch of The Yahoo Current Network. This network is to "combine professional and user-generated video clips" reports the New York Times. The paper says each show will likely "be preceded by a 15- or 30-second commercial," which is the first time Yahoo "included commercials with user-generated content." TechCrunch notes that this video at Yahoo describes a bit more about how the shows will run, and it also describes "VC2," viewer created content (i.e. user generated content). The user contributed...
Adds 'Owner-Generated' Content
Real estate search site Zillow.com has added personalization features and the ability for homeowners to publish their own information beside Zillows home-valuation "Zestimates." A new "My Zillow" feature allows users to track homes and save other content to a personal page. Zillow previously allowed homeowners to modify and/or correct the details, features and amenities of their homes and recalculate the estimated value. Those details and modifications can now be made public beside Zillow's own Zestimate if owners so choose. Zillow's Zestimates have been critiqued in some quarters for being inflated or otherwise inaccurate. This capability will help add more accurate...
Citysearch Launches in San Diego
Venerable local search provider Citysearch has launched a new site in San Diego, California. Recently, Citysearch has added "insider lists" (users' local favorites) and local sales events to its mix of editorial and user-generated content. After a period of retrenchment, Citysearch traffic is up and the Citysearch brand appears to be resurgent. The site also provides all the local content for sister IAC property Ask Local....
Search Usage for August 2006
Hitwise just released August 2006 market share data for the most popular online video search sites.
CEO Says Ad Growth Slowing Down; Ask.com To Increase Market Share
The Wall Street Journal reports that Terry Semel, Yahoo's CEO, has warned that online advertising growth will be slowing in automotive and financial services industries. He said that there is still growth, but "but they're not growing as quickly as we might have hoped at this point in time," Semel said. On that news, Yahoo's shared dropped $3.47, or 12%, to $25.54. Barry Diller, CEO of IAC, said he can see Ask.com gaining market share, about 8 to 10 percent share. More details on that story at Reuters.com. Postscript From Danny: See my follow-up post, Again, The Need For Search...
Customizing Your Own Search Engine
Want to build your own search engine that skews toward your favorite sites or topic, but don't have a few billion to start up your own company? No problem: A number of companies are now offering services that let you tweak their technology to create a highly personalized search experience for you and your blog or web site users. More on these services by SEW correspondent Phil Bradley in today's SearchDay article, Your Search, Your Way....
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- Bush loses 'failure' and 'miserable failure' in Google, Threadwatch
- Ask.com Earthquake Information, Google Blogoscoped
- Advertising Execs Speak Up on Google's Manhattan Move, Google Watch
- YouTube headed for Good Morning America, TechCrunch
- NYTimes.com Integrates Answers.com Content, Search Engine Journal
- Six Wall Street Reactions to Yahoo's Warning, SeekingAlpha
- Podcast: Is The Search Bubble Popping? Where's The Search Box Gone On Google Base? Will Search Ever Change? And More!, Daily SearchCast
- A method for removing spam from the index, Search-Science
- Google regains ground in U.S. search market, News.com
- Congratulations, Luis von Ahn, Official Google Blog
- Writely To Open To All Google Accounts, InsideGoogle
- How to get a job at Google, InfoWorld
- Google's Quiet Acquisition of Transformic, Inc, SEO by the SEA
- IAC Appoints Richard Stalzer President of IAC Advertising Solutions, Yahoo! Finance
- Microsoft Offers Paid Display Ad Upgrade to Free Classifieds, ClickZ
- Google's Internal Subdomains, Google Blogoscoped
- What Are Microformats And Why They Make Your Information Easier To Find, Robin Good
- Torpark is out, offering "anonymous, portable web browsing", Boing Boing
- Podcast: Live.com, AdWords Test, Intuit & Google, Yahoo! Ads, Supplementals, Belgian Cache, OneBox Spam, Adam Lasnik on Links, Search Pulse
- Debugging blocked URLs, Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
- Topless Nude Sunbathers! In Google Earth…, InsideGoogle
- Gonzales Pushes to Retain ISP Records, Associated Press
- Diller: Ask.com To Continue Outsourcing Paid Search, MediaPost
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