Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:
Today From The SEW Blog...
Forums Roundup: May 12, 2006
Today's SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links to this week's hot topics from search engine forums across the web: Dear Matt Cutts, I Want To Know About... Yahoo and Telemundo in Online Deal to Grab More Latino Internet Users - Two Emerging SEO Certification Programs - Are Meta Tags Still Necessary? - Microsoft Invests in Analytics Firm DeepMetrix, and more....
del.icio.us Adds Inline Editing
The del.icio.us blog announced that they have added a few more features, including inline bookmark editing and prettier URLs. The changes enable users "edit and arrange your bookmarks much more quickly" and enhance the ability to "get at the conversation around the links." More details at the del.icio.us blog....
Microsoft Fires Back at Google Over IE7 Complaint
News.com reports that Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, feels Google is asking for special treatment with the whole controversy on IE7 defaulting the search to MSN Search. Ballmer explains that if you configured IE to use Yahoo search, then when you upgrade to IE7, Yahoo will remain as the default. Only when you get a new computer, will the default search be MSN Search. Also, if you want to change that, the first option in the list is Ask.com, since the search engines are sorted alphabetically. More food for thought off Danny's last comment on this....
- 5% Of
Search Results Lead To "Dangerous Sites"
Andy Beal reports on a Wall Street Journal article that claims 9% of paid search ads lead to "dangerous sites." Three-percent of organic results lead to risky sites, in comparison to the PPC ads. So on average, the article shows that "roughly 5% of the search results on average were risky sites." The SiteAdvisor study estimates a searcher will click to an "unsafe site from a search engine once every 15 days." Risky sites are defined as sites that can "infect consumers' personal computers or expose them to nuisances such as spam email." Postscript by Detlev Johnson: You can find...
CEO & Founders Keep Control Over Google
News.com reports that Google has kept the criticized dual class stock ownership structure. The dual structure gives Class B stockowners 10 votes per share, where Class A stock owners have 1 vote per share. Guess who the only Class B stockowners are today? You got it, only the CEO Eric Schmidt and founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. More details on the politics involved at News.com....
Adds "Gmail Pictures"
Garett Rogers reports that Gmail has announced the addition of Gmail Pictures. Gmail pictures allows you to add a picture of yourself or for your contacts. To add your own picture follow this instructions, to add a picture for your contacts follow this instructions. You can also define who can and cannot see your picture, more on that here....
Of Google Notebook
Google will be launching Google Notebook next week, but if you want to take a sneak peek, you can so. Philipp Lenssen found several screen captures released on Flickr already....
Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...
- Dan Thies Video on Links Again..., SEO Book
- Gas Prices Redux, Hitwise
- Poems inspired by Google's priciest adwords, Boing Boing (see also from 2002, Google AdWords: Sublime Poetry?)
- Testing Google Reader - part two, Currybetdotnet
- Google Tech Talk by Lauren Weinstein (Video), Google Blogoscoped
- A Practical Example of Google Subscription Links, Google Blogoscoped
- US Defense Dept. Agency to Use Microsoft Virtual Earth, CIO
- Queen Asks For Loo Rolls Via Google Maps, Gray Hat Search Engine News
- Visualize, then Optimize, Direct
- Gmail Gets Sounds, Official Gmail Blog
- Gmail chats in more languages: Google Blog
- Where: Geo Developer Day at Google, O'Reilly Radar
- EBay Will Host Media Marketplace Ad Test, paidContent
- PrimeTime ABC Show, Boston Legal, Talks SEO Strategy, Search Engine Roundtable
- Gore could buy election with Google money, Valleywag
- Google, Nokia Plan Hand-Held Device, Wall Street Journal
- Cricket Subscription Links and Google Coop: A How and Why Guide, The Radioactive Yak
- Review: Winning Results with Google AdWords, Matt Cutts
- Search Wars Intensify, ClickZ
- Yahoo CEO laments not buying Google: News.com
- BBC at Googleplex (Video): Google Blogoscoped
Meet Your Favorite Search Engine Watch Contributors
Many of SEW's leading expert contributors will be at ClickZ Live, the new online and digital marketing event kicking off in New York (March 31-April 3). Hear from the likes of: Thom Craver, Josh Braaten, Lisa Barone, Simon Heseltine, Josh McCoy, Lisa Raehsler, Greg Jarboe, Dan Cristo, Joseph Kerschbaum, John Gagnon, Eric Enge and more!