.Internet Adoption: The Long Tail at Work (eMarketer)“Despite the fact that the Internet has been widely available for over a decade in most developed countries, recent data from Nielsen//NetRatings show that there continue to be new converts to the technology. Active at-home Internet users in the US grew 3.1% between October 2005 and October 2006, reaching 146.5 million. Countries such as France and Spain recorded growth of over 20% in the same period, while there was a strange drop in the number of Internet users in Italy.”.
.Can Yahoo catch Google? (CNN Money)The search advertising business is almost - but not quite - locked up. Could Ask.com be the wild card? .
.PageBull — new visual metasearch engine (Pandia) The Pagebull metasearch engine presents results as screenshots of the listed web pages. .
.China's Growing Need for Search Engines (Impact Lab) As the Internet extends its tentacles into every aspect of daily life, more and more Chinese are finding that they just can't live without search engines. .
.Exalead CEO Warns Of "Google Monster" & Closed Yahoo & Microsoft (Search Engine Watch) “The Multilingual Search Blog covers Exalead CEO Francois Bourdoncle taking a big stick and swinging at Google in a keynote talk at SES Paris.
He positions his own service as potentially the savior for those in Europe worried about the "Google monster."
Beyond Google, he also criticizes Yahoo and Microsoft for collaborating on a "closed" sitemaps protocol.
I'd say the Cold War against American-based search engines is going up a notch.”.
.Google Is Shutting Down Answer Service (The New York Times) "SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29 — Google said today that it would shut down Google Answers, a service that allows users to pose a question to a panel of researchers and pay for a helpful answer.The service, which started about four years ago, failed to gain much traction with users, especially when compared to a rival service offered by Yahoo, which is free.".
.comScore Releases October U.S. Search Engine Rankings ((Promotion World)“comScore Networks today released its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines. In October 2006, Google Sites captured 45.4 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 0.3 share points from the previous month. Yahoo! Sites maintained its second place ranking with 28.2 percent of U.S. searches, followed by Microsoft Sites (11.7 percent), Ask Network (5.8 percent) and Time Warner Network (5.4 percent).”.
. Google shares climb past $500 barrier(Telegraph, United Kingdom) “For true believers, it was only a matter of time. Yesterday Google's share price rose above $500 for the first time, marking yet another milestone in a rapid rise that has catapulted the internet search leader from cheeky start-up into possibly the most influential company in the world.As Wall Street continued to hike its expectations for the company, the shares jumped nearly 2pc to $506 in morning trading in New York, leaving Google with a market capitalisation of more than $154bn, bigger than all but a handful of global corporations just eight years after it was founded by two post-graduate students in a Silicon Valley garage.”.
.Danny Sullivan to Launch Search Engine Land(Search Engine Guide)“With Danny Sullivan's transition from SEW, we are all keeping an eye on things to see where he lands. Today, Danny announced ... "Search Engine Land is a new search news blog launching December 11, 2006. Danny Sullivan, along with Chris Sherman and Barry Schwartz, will be providing information about search engine marketing and how search engines work in general, from a searcher's perspective." Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Land Launches December 11.
.Search, Meaning, and the Search for Meaning (b-eye) Interest in enterprise search is growing, but what is in store for the future of this technology? .
.Google, Yahoo, Microsoft adopt same Web index tool (CNET News.com)Search engine rivals Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to make it easier for Web site owners to make sure their sites get included in the Web indexes, the companies are expected to announce Thursday. .
.An Open Letter to CEO of Google (NewsCentralAsia.com)GROSS DISRESPECT AND DISREGARD FOR USERS AND CUSTOMERS ALIKE .
.Is Google evil? (My Broadband, South Africa)“The question is not whether Google will always do the right thing — it hasn’t, and it won’t,” MotherJones says.“It’s whether Google, with its insatiable thirst for your personal data, has become the greatest threat to privacy ever known, a vast informational honeypot that attracts hackers, crackers, online thieves, and — perhaps most worrisome of all — a government intent on finding convenient ways to spy on its own citizenry.”.
.Top Web sites in September 2006: Yahoo!, Google, MSN/Live.com (IT Facts | ZDNet.com)Google took over the 2nd spot as United States’ top-visited Web site in September 2006, Nielsen//NetRatings reports. .
.Uneasy Rider (Newsweek Technology - MSNBC.com)Ask Jeeves didn't ask before installing a search tool on millions of Web browsers. Now investors are asking questions. .
.How search results may differ based on accented characters and interface languages (Official Google Webmaster Central Blog)“When a searcher enters a query that includes a word with accented characters, our algorithms consider web pages that contain versions of that word both with and without the accent. For instance, if a searcher enters [México], we'll return results for pages about both "Mexico" and "México."Conversely, if a searcher enters a query without using accented characters, but a word in that query could be spelled with them, our algorithms consider web pages with both the accented and non-accented versions of the word. So if a searcher enters [Mexico], we'll return results for pages about both "Mexico" and "México.".
.October 2006 Technorati Update
(Search Engine Guide)“David Sifry’s Updates released the State of the Blogosphere for the month of October.
Obviously, Blogging is still on the upswing. Technorati is tracking over 57 Million blogs (and growing).Interestingly, about 55% of blogs have been updated at least once in the past three months, which is an increase in the number of active blogs.”.
.Top Ten Grammar Errors that Haunt Web Pages (Search Engine Guide)“With all of this talk about content, don't you think it's time to have a frank discussion about grammar? Our Web sites are our online store fronts—our online images. If our sites are full of grammar errors, what does that say about the professionalism of our businesses? (skip to "Top Ten Grammar Errors that Haunt Web Pages " by Robin Nobles”).
.Interesting Debate On Search Engine Censorship
(SearchNewz)Google has been criticized, derided, sued, and otherwise abused because of censorship in china, and in other counties, as well as censorship of media files and torrent files... .
.Google 'will be able to keep tabs on us all'
(The Guardian, United Kingdom)“The internet will hold so much digital data in five years that it will be possible to find out what an individual was doing at a specific time and place, an expert said yesterday.Nigel Gilbert, a professor heading a Royal Academy of Engineering study into surveillance, said people would be able to sit down and type into Google "what was a particular individual doing at 2.30 yesterday and would get an answer"..
.Google defiant over censorship in China
(The Guardian, United Kingdom)Internet giant steps into realm of politics with debate on freedom of speech. .
.Talk Of Town: Google’s New Search Engine
(WebProNews)Everyone's talking about Google's new personalized search engine. “Here Vik Singh made a personalized search engine of just tech stuff. He explains how he did it here. Much more on this over on TechMeme. Wow, the blogs are going nuts about this.”.
.Avoiding SEO Pitfalls (Search Engine Guide)“Search engine optimization (SEO) is an extremely effective and low cost marketing strategy. So why is it still less popular than paid search advertising? Experts have pondered this question for years, and so far, no one has come up with a definitive answer.”.
.This is post # 1,001! The Power of Google Search is Now Customizable
(creativepro.com)“Today, Google is launching the Google Custom Search Engine, a new way to bring tailored search to websites and blogs.
In just minutes, anyone can use the Google search platform to create a search engine focused on any content they like - from Hollywood heartthrobs, to favorite sports team, to personal hobbies, and more.”.
.Search Engine Marketing Guru, Danny Sullivan, Continues With SES Series (Cheap Web Hosting Director)“Incisive Media and Danny Sullivan have signed an agreement to continue to work together to produce the market-leading Search Engine Strategies series of conferences and exhibitions.” .
.Reboot: I predict a riot . . . and other things
(New Statesman)Speculating on the internet's future is fun, but we do have cause for concern, writes Becky Hogge .
.Windows Vista Wishes (Ziff Davis Web Buyer's Guide) Our analysts weigh in with what they'd like to see in Microsoft's Windows Vista client when it ships. (eWEEK Review) .
.Happy 300 Millionth, USA (eMarketer) eMarketer presents facts and figures on the US Internet population. “As of 2006, 63% of the US population ages 3 and older uses the Internet at least once per month, according to eMarketer. That amounts to 180 million people.”.