Search Headlines & Links: September 20, 2006

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…

  • Google’s
    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….
  • See
    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…
  • The
    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…
  • Again,
    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…
  • Google
    Webmaster Central’s Vanessa Fox & Amanda Camp Interviewed

    Seattle 24×7 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…
  • Google
    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…
  • Yahoo
    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…
  • Zillow
    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….
  • Video
    Search Usage for August 2006

    Hitwise just released August 2006 market share data for the most popular
    online video search sites.
  • Yahoo
    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….

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