Sproose Adds Voting To Help Rank Video Search Results

Sproose announced the launch of a Digg-like element to their video search engine. Users can now vote on video results at Sproose, which will have a direct impact on the rank of those video search results. The look is very similar to Digg, allowing users to click an "I like it" vote button, as well as make comments on the videos. Here are examples of how it works. I performed a video search on legend and was presented with these results: After registering, I clicked on the "I Like It" voting button and added a comment. Adding a comment opens a pop up AJAX box that looks like this: A [...]


Flash Earth Puts Google Earth, Virtual Earth & Others On Web

FlashEarth Mashup with Google Earth 4.2 from the Google Earth Blog reports on a site named Flash Earth that provides mapping services from several providers in a desktop like experience, using Flash technologies. Flash Earth gives you mapping data from Google Earth, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps, OpenLayers and NASA Terra. The Flash map lets you select one of those maps and then you can click or drag the map to the location you want. You can also use arrow keys or the compass control to move the map to your desired location. You can rotate the map by turning your compass wheel with [...]


CCIA, Google & Microsoft Launch “Defend Fair Use” Web Site

Google, Microsoft-backed group ready to Defend Fair Use from Ars Technica reports Google and Microsoft are backing a new web site, organized by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), named Defend Fair Use. The web site is accepting signed petitions to support their push to make copyrights clearer to consumers. We reported earlier this month that Google and Microsoft are working with the CCIA to file a complaint with the FCC about how some content companies are taking their copyright warnings a bit too far. The group hopes to take these signed petitions to the FTC later [...]


B2B Engagement Matters: Seven Ways to Keep ‘Em Coming Back for More

Ah, summertime, and the living is easy. Time to crack open a cold one and watch the qualified visitors roll in. After all, if you read my last two articles, you’ve probably identified your audience, and have a plan for measuring the business impact of your traffic. Naturally, kicking back must be next on the list, right? Wrong. Merely driving traffic is not going to make you successful. Instead, you need to foster engagement and build a relationship with your users. Specifically, you need to make sure that they find value in your content, that they come back and visit often, and t [...]


Updated Gphone Timeline & Let A Hundred Google Phones Bloom

The Google Phone rumors continue, whipping up a frenzy that some type of announcement about the Gphone is coming within days. It'll be a phone! It'll be an operating system! It'll be bundled software! And everyone is showing various photos that no one has ever confirmed are pictures of an actual Gphone. Below, an updated timeline on all the Google Phone rumors we've had over the past few years, along with some perspective on why you are hearing so many conflicting things. Plus worry not, Apple fanboys, Google still loves the iPhone. First, the timeline. I lied -- it's not below. It's her [...]


Google CFO George Reyes To Resign

Google Finance Chief to Resign from the Wall Street Journal reports that Google CFO George Reyes has announced he is resigning from Google. A press release is also now up. Reyes, who joined Google in 2002 and before its IPO, is only the second major Google executive to leave Google. Cindy McCaffrey, the former VP of corporate communications, left back at the end of 2004. Reyes will help the company find a replacement CFO. Google's CEO Eric Schmidt said in the company press release: I've known and admired George since our days together at Sun. As Google's CFO, George successfully navigat [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 28, 2007

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Cool New Yahoo! Search Marketing System Enhancements Lately, I’ve had Yahoo! Search Marketing (Y!SM) on the brain. So, in this article, I’ve decided to outline some of the most recent enhancements to Y!SM’s new advertising platform. With the "Panama" interface, Y!SM has made it a priority to iterate and continually improve the Y!SM system (Yahoo! calls... 'Google For Government' Coming Soon? The Washington Post blog The Trail reports on challenge [...]


Cool New Yahoo! Search Marketing System Enhancements

Lately, I’ve had Yahoo! Search Marketing (Y!SM) on the brain. So, in this article, I’ve decided to outline some of the most recent enhancements to Y!SM’s new advertising platform. With the "Panama" interface, Y!SM has made it a priority to iterate and continually improve the Y!SM system (Yahoo! calls the process "rapid innovative release"). This is a welcome change and obviously a very different philosophy from the legacy Y!SM platform (the direct traffic center). I say Halleluiah and the latest round of enhancements, which roll out August 28 2007 (today), should prove to be very usefu [...]


‘Google For Government’ Coming Soon?

The Washington Post blog The Trail reports on challenges with implementing the already enacted Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. The Act, passed last year, is intended to provide much more information to "ordinary Americans" regarding federal funding and federally funded projects via a search interface (not Google specifically). According to the blog, however, a number of federal agencies are "dragging their feet on its implementation." An organization supporting the act is calling on US presidential candidates to pledge to accelerate implementation if elected. [...]


Which Social Media Sites Should You Target?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of social media sites. Because there are so many it can be difficult to figure out which ones to target. In an ideal world you would target them all but with limited time it's important to prioritize. If you are wondering which social sites to target, wonder no more because these 5 steps should answer your question: Step 1: List out the keywords associated with your website. For example, "Search Engine Land" is probably related to: search engines, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, social media, search engine marketing etc. Step 2: Once you have a list of all [...]


Google Webmaster Tools Now Supports Non-English Domains

The Google Webmaster Central Blog announced that they now officially support adding non-English domain names to Google Webmaster Central. So if you have a domain that looks like http://北京大学.cn, you will be able to add it and very the site in Google Webmaster Tools. Now Google supports Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications (IDNA) within the tool. If you used a workaround in the past, you do not have to update anything. Google will do that for you. [...]


CNN & Google Sign Multi-Year AdSense Deal

Google announced that CNN has partnered with them on a multi-year deal for displaying Google AdSense contextual ads on CNN.com. Under this deal, "Google will serve as the exclusive provider of auction-based text advertisements throughout CNN.com," according to the press release. AdSense is available to both large and small publishers. However, one would assume that Google is giving CNN a larger share of revenue than a typical AdSense publisher. Google already powers search on the CNN.com site, though the international version uses Yahoo, as ResourceShelf's Gary Price reminded us of. Yahoo [...]


Yahoo Asks Court To Dismiss Jailed Chinese Reporter Case

Yahoo to Court: Dismiss Torture Case from the New York Times blog reports that Yahoo is requesting that the court dismiss the lawsuit brought by jailed Chinese reporter. Chinese reporter Shi Tao was jailed and allegedly tortured by the Chinese government after Yahoo provided evidence against the reporter to the Chinese government. He then sued Yahoo over its involvement in the case and others. Yahoo, in its filing, argued that this case "has no place in the American courts:" This is a lawsuit by citizens of China imprisoned for using the Internet in China to express political views in viol [...]


Six Simple Steps To Image Optimization

With the advent of Google Universal Search, Ask 3D and other "blended" search services, images will increasingly be appearing in search results. If you're not optimizing images on your web site, you're missing out on capturing some of this increasingly valuable real-estate. Not sure how to optimize images for search engines? Today's Search Illustrated shows you how to do it simply and quickly: Graphic by Elliance, an eMarketing firm specializing in results-driven search engine marketing, web site design, and outbound eMarketing campaigns. The firm is the creator of the ennect online mar [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 27, 2007

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: The Promise & Reality Of Mixing The Social Graph With Search Engines I'm having a bad day. Aside from my desktop crashing, we get another spate of "let's blame SEO" to start my morning off. Robert Scoble uses that theme as a launching pad for a series of videos on how Facebook potentially could be a killer search engine -- regardless... Yahoo Takes Beta Label Off New Mail, Adds FeaturesYahoo has taken the "beta" label off its new mail. Here's [...]


The Promise & Reality Of Mixing The Social Graph With Search Engines

I'm having a bad day. Aside from my desktop crashing, we get another spate of "let's blame SEO" to start my morning off. Robert Scoble uses that theme as a launching pad for a series of videos on how Facebook potentially could be a killer search engine -- regardless of the fact he seems to have no clue that "social graph" or social networking mixing has been tried and abandoned with search. Having watched his videos, which have sparked much discussion, I'll do some debunking, some educating for those who want more history of what's been done in the area, plus I'll swing around to that [...]


Yahoo Takes Beta Label Off New Mail, Adds Features

Yahoo has taken the "beta" label off its new Yahoo Mail service. Here's an overview from the Yodel Anecdotal blog. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the new features is the capability of sending text messages to mobile phones from Yahoo Mail. As the Yodel Anecdotal blog points out, this enables a new form of intergenerational communication: parents sending text messages to their kids’ mobile phones from their traditional Yahoo email accounts: We already have great integrated instant messaging features in Yahoo! Mail, so adding text messaging was a natural next step. It’s an increa [...]


Segmenting Local Mobile Search: The Major Players & Mobile Search Types

Expectations of mobile search and local mobile search in particular are rising. As mobile ad networks form, mobile M&A activity heats up and the search engines pour greater attention and resources into their mobile offerings one could say we're on the cusp of a new mobile era. Indeed, as much as I'm reluctant to use the term, one could dub the forthcoming mobile Internet "Web 3.0." Of course people have been saying and predicting the emergence of the mobile Internet for almost 10 years. Forecasts and predictions rarely come true in their original time frames, but they typically do come true [...]


Searchers Trust Google’s Rank Above Abstracts In Search Results

University students don't question Google from PC World reports on a recent study named In Google We Trust: Users' Decisions on Rank, Position, and Relevance. The study surveyed 22 Cornell University students on the Google search results. The conclusion of the study showed that these students trusted Google's ranking of the search results at a higher rate, even when the abstracts (snippets) of the lower results were more "relevant" to their search query. Here is part of the summary: In summary, the findings here show that college student subjects are heavily influenced by the order in whi [...]


Yahoo China & MSN China Sign Controversial “Self-Discipline Pact” With China

Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government from The Register reports Yahoo China and MSN China have signed a pact with the Chinese government that "encourages" rather than requires bloggers to identify themselves to the companies with real names, contact details and for the companies to censor material. Reporters Without Borders claims the new "self-discipline pact" from the Internet Society of China will make it easier for the Chinese government to crack down on bloggers. This decision will have grave consequences for the Chinese blogosphere and marks the end of anonymous blogg [...]


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