Technically, today is the ninth day of Christmas, so we're still allowed to sing the search-ified version of our favorite carol. Hum along if you know the tune: In the First Week of New Year's, My SearchDay Gave to Me: 12 speakers speaking, 11 bloggers blogging, 10 scribblers scribbling, and nine Diggers Digging.
In today's SearchDay, Greg Jarboe highlights some people that will be important to the search industry this year. At first glance, focusing on people might seem strange in an industry so fixated on search engine algorithms. It begins to make more sense when one considers that people -- especially the opinion leaders who speak, blog, write, and Digg -- are going to shape the search industry this year as much as any changes by the search engines themselves.