The Week in Review

What's New at AltaVista and MSN Search
SearchDay, Feb. 13, 2003
Both AltaVista and MSN Search rolled out incremental improvements this week proving that the quest for more relevant search results is continuing full steam ahead.

A Visual Bookmark Manager
SearchDay, Feb. 12, 2003
NetVisualize Favorites Organizer is a bookmark manager with an interesting twist: In addition to storing URLs, it also captures a thumbnail image of each of your favorite pages.

Optimizing Flash for Search Engines
SearchDay, Feb. 11, 2003
Your glitzy Macromedia Flash animations may dazzle and impress, but over-reliance on Flash may render your website all but invisible to the major search engines.

Wikipedia - A Collaborative, Multilingual Encyclopedia
SearchDay, Feb. 10, 2003
Wikipedia is an ambitious project to produce a free and complete encyclopedia in every language, written by hundreds of volunteers working collaboratively together.

Recommended Reading

Why Do Google Hit Numbers Vary?
Slashdot, Feb. 10, 2003

You may have noticed an interesting anomaly with Google. Running an identical query at different times, or from different computers (even in the same location), may yield a different number of search results found. Google CTO Craig Silverstein offers an explanation for this seemingly unusual behavior.

Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality, Feb. 8, 2003

Anyone working on a link building campaign to boost web site visibility should read this fascinating commentary on "power laws" that influence the popularity of weblogs (and web sites). Clay Shirky writes: "Power law distributions, the shape that has spawned a number of catch-phrases like the 80/20 Rule and the Winner-Take-All Society, are finally being understood clearly enough to be useful. For much of the last century, investigators have been finding power law distributions in human systems. The economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that wealth follows a 'predictable imbalance', with 20% of the population holding 80% of the wealth. Jacob Nielsen observed power law distributions in web site page views, and so on."

Hiring a Professional SEO, Feb. 5, 2003

Web Search Guide Jennifer Laycock demystifies the process of selecting a search engine optimization professional or firm, offering tips on looking at best practices, comparing price and services, checking references, and deciding whether to hire a specialist or a firm.

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation

What if Abe Lincoln had used Powerpoint for the Gettysburg address? This hilarious "presentation" illustrates just how far removed most contemporary presentations are from the once celebrated art of rhetoric.

Search Headlines

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Tech latest
MPAA, RIAA Again Target Fortune 1000 Firms...
Internet News Feb 14 2003 1:51PM GMT
Online portals news
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Terra Lycos, Telefonica Ink $500M Partner Pact... Feb 14 2003 5:10AM GMT
Online search engines news
Writing for the Search Engines...
High Rankings Feb 14 2003 5:03AM GMT
Danish sites get Google's goat...
CNET Feb 13 2003 9:51PM GMT
Tech latest
Gates lays out vision for the digital decade...
ZDNet Feb 13 2003 1:41PM GMT
Online portals news
Executives at Yahoo upbeat on prospects for financial year...
San Francisco Chronicle Feb 13 2003 1:35PM GMT
Online search engines news
Additional Domains for Extra Search Engine Rankings...
Search Engine Guide Feb 13 2003 11:48AM GMT
Online marketing news
Internet growth far from over, eMarketer reports... Feb 13 2003 9:25AM GMT
Online portals news
Yahoo Promises More Search Moves...
AtNewYork Feb 13 2003 9:02AM GMT
Yahoo Outlines Plans for Adding Premium Services...
New York Times Feb 13 2003 3:52AM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.