Search Headlines & Links: September 12, 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…


  • Shakespeare Searched By Clusty

    If it’s September it must be Shakespeare. Clusty has released Shakespeare
    Searched which is designed to provide quick access to the works of the Bard.
    It’s not designed as a replacement for, or access to the full text of his
    work, but as a quick reference resource. The concept is that it can be used to
    identify who made a specific speech, which work contains which quotes or even
    individual words, and also helps draw out specific themes in individual works
    or across the entire corpus. It doesn’t provide analysis or commentary, just
    direct access to the text via Vivisimo….
  • The Ten
    Linking Commandments By LinkMoses

    Eric Ward posted a fun but true list of what he calls LinkMoses Linking
    Commandments. But honestly, number five makes me wonder about practicing what
    you preach. :) Come on LinkMoses, "Thou shall not refereth to content as link
    bait, any more than you shall refereth to your users as carp." Nice list!…
  • Search
    Bugs At Yahoo & Google

    In the past twenty-four hours I have discovered and documented four different
    bugs or weird occurrences at both Yahoo and Google. I will cover the four
    bugs, include adult ads displaying in Google and Yahoo’s contextual programs,
    Yahoo’s contextual ads not displaying ads at all, Google’s site operator not
    functioning properly and Google’s AdWords statistics not showing the right
    data….
  • Big
    Brands: Do You Know What Wikipedia Saying About You Via Google?

    Steve Rubel produced a small study on the top 100 advertisers, according to
    AdAge, to see where in the Google rankings, does the brand’s Wikipedia entry
    fall. For example, a search on the well-known automobile brand Chevrolet shows
    a Wikipedia entry for them at the number four result. What that Wikipedia
    entry says about your company, can have a huge impact on your brand. The study
    showed that the Wikipedia entry listed in the Google results for the top 100
    brands, on average was at position 11. But Steve Rubel explains that many of
    those brands have listings within the…
  • The
    Search Diggs

    I love the idea of trying to combine something like Digg with search news and
    have been wanted to do this myself for ages. Maybe I still will, but others
    have gotten there first. John Battelle is the latest with SearchMob having
    just launched today. Head over there, and you can submit and vote on stories
    related to search. Search N Sniff is a similar site that launched last week,
    and The Search Engine Press is the oldest, launched in February….
  • Windows
    Live Local Better, But Still Not There

    Windows Live Local (WLL) came out of beta today along with Live.com and Live
    Search. Chris Sherman covered the full upgrade and release in his Search Day
    article. This post will focus on WLL specifically. Derrick Connell,
    Microsoft’s search business general manager, is quoted as saying that 15% to
    20% of search queries are local. (While this estimate may be slighly low, it
    would mean somewhere between 975 million and 1.3 billion U.S. search queries
    per month (across all engines) had a local intent. This shows what’s at stake
    in having a good user experience and being able to monetize…
  • Windows
    Live Search Enhanced

    Microsoft has pushed Windows Live Search out of beta, enhancing a number of
    features and adding some seriously cool functionality to other services, as
    well. More on the new tools in today’s SearchDay article, Microsoft Upgrades
    Live Search Offerings….
  • Google
    Interesting Items Module: Recommend Searches, Pages & Gadgets

    Google has added an Interesting items for you module to the personalized home
    page interface as noted in the Google Operating System blog. Google works with
    your own searches and attempts to find other things that will be of interest
    to you. The module provides users with three tabbed options – searches, pages
    and gadgets. I found that the searches Google suggested to be something of a
    mixed bag; some of them were actually quite sensible, although they were
    limited to a maximum of three individual search terms (not a phrase search in
    sight) – out of the 10 recommendations…
  • Track
    Federal Spending With Government Search Engine

    Andy Beal spotted an AP article named Senate backs online search of spending.
    Yes, the Senate wants to make it easier for normal users to track what the US
    Government is spending taxpayers money on. The example search given is that,
    "one could type in "Boeing" to find contracts awarded to the aerospace company
    or "breast cancer research" to see efforts to battle one of the leading
    killers of women." Andy asks, why not just have Google do it for the
    government, since they already know a lot more than the government does
    anyway? :)…
  • Google’s
    Toolbar Anti-Phishing Blacklist

    Philipp Lenssen reports on a whitelist of URLs found at sb.google.com which
    appears to be a whitelist of safe URLs to be used for the Google Toolbar. Be
    digging deeper into the forums area of Google Blogoscoped, you can see that
    the this whitelist will prevent the "Web Forgery" warning in the Google
    Toolbar from popping up on those particular sites….
  • Google
    GeoTargeted AdWords Preview Tool: See How Ads Look Outside Your Region

    Friday, the Inside AdWords blog announced a new feature that allows
    advertisers to see how their ads appear. So if you want to test the appearance
    of your ad locally or based on a specific set of geographic criteria, you can.
    Go to www.google.com/adpreview and type in your keyword phrase. If you want to
    add geo-specific criteria, you can. To define the country enter &gl=[Two
    Letter Country Code Here], to define the region enter &gr=[region code here],
    you can also define city, latitude and longitude, postal code and DMA. More
    details at the AdWords Help Center….
  • Looking
    Back At Search & 9/11

    Five years ago, like so many, I was shocked and horrified by the events of
    September 11. I spent the day uncertain of what to do, before running for the
    cover of what I knew, looking at the search engines. Finding Disaster Coverage
    At Search Engines illustrates how they reacted that day. It underscored what
    I’ve long described as the great failure of Google then, having to effectively
    tell people to go elsewhere for information while its web search results were
    showing links with descriptions saying things like "View from the WTCA
    Headquarters." Since that time, the emergence of Google…

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