December 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from December 2008: Top 10 Most Popular Stories: December 2008 1) Santa Tracker 2008: Google & NORAD Team Up Again - My favorite Christmas activity is tracking Santa's route around the world. Once again, NORAD and Google are making it easy. The NORAD Tracks Santa 2008 site is now up, and a countdown for your iGoogle home page can now be downloaded. Google just blogged the news today. Below, what to expect. 2) 8 Santa Trackers For Christmas Eve 2008, From NORAD Santa To Twitter - It's Christmas Eve, and that means Sant [...]


November 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from November 2008: 1) Maps Of Fires In Southern California: November 2008 Edition - Fires are burning in Southern California once again. Here's an update on how to find maps of where the blazes are. 2) Are Our Brains Becoming "Googlized?" - Are our brains being rewired by using the Internet? The evidence tends to be pointing that way. As somebody interested in how the mind works, I read with interest the results of a recent study at UCLA that used the sexiest research tool around today, fMRI scanning. fMRI allows researcher [...]


October 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from October 2008: 1) Los Angeles & Southern California Fire Maps: October 2008 Edition - Southern California is ablaze with wildfires once again, including one I can see out my window in the Newport Beach foothills. Trying to keep track of where they are. Here's a guide to maps of current fires and place you can expect future ones to be posted. =================== 2) Google’s iPhone Ad Units, G1 Pre-Sells 1.5 Million? - On Friday, AdWeek reported that Google was creating and testing specialized ad unit [...]


September 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from September 2008: 1) Searching With Google Chrome & Omnibox - Now that Google Chrome is live, I spent some time looking at the search features within it, especially to see -- as I did recently with Internet Explorer 8 -- whether Google was going to try to stack the deck in its own favor. Like Microsoft, Google's playing it straight. As for search features, I'm mixed on whether I like the new "Omnibox" feature that combines a browser's address bar and search box into one single area. =================== 2) On Android [...]


August 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from August 2008: 1) Google's Email, Gmail, Having Major Issues - It is not uncommon for Gmail (Google Email) users to complain about outages and issues with sending and receiving email. But right now, there are hundreds of Gmail users complaining that Gmail is down or simply not sending or receiving emails. A current search at Twitter on Gmail will return hundreds of messages with Gmail complaints. I am personally receiving a "Temporary Error (502)" and was receiving other weird errors when trying the Gmail interface. Some ar [...]


July 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from July 2008: 1) Cuil Launches -- Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google? - Can any start-up search engine "be the next Google?" Many have wondered this, and today's launch of Cuil (pronounced "cool") may provide the best test case since Google itself overtook more established search engines. Cuil provides what appears to be a comprehensive index of the web, offers a unique display presentation, and emerges at a time when people might be ready to embrace a quality "underdog" service. The big question [...]


June 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from June 2008: 1) June 2008 California Fire Maps - Wildfires, again, in my home state of California. People are looking for maps of where they are at, so here are some resources. =================== 2) Yahoo The Failure: Myth Versus Reality - As SS Yahoo appears to be sinking, let me be the contrarian about her future. I admit, I find it as hard to believe as anyone that Yahoo has much life left in it after all the executive departures this week, plus the latest news of Delicious founder Joshua Schacter going. But since [...]


May 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from May 2008: 1) Playing With Live Search Cashback - Microsoft launched Live Search Cashback, and this takes you through the experience of using Cashback as a searcher. It has been a rainy week here in New York, and I figured I would start my search and shopping experience looking to buy an umbrella using Cashback. =================== 2) Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope Application Blasts Onto The Desktop - Microsoft has launched (an appropriate metaphor this time) its Worldwide Telescope desktop application. You must download the softw [...]


April 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from April 2008: ======================================== Top 10 Most Popular Stories: April 2008 ======================================== 1) Twitter Wrote This Column For Me - By now you have probably seen a bunch of talk about Twitter. And after all of this talk you might be still thinking: OK, so what the heck is Twitter really and why should I care? How is it going to help my business at the end of the day? Rather than writing this column myself, I decided to let Twitter (or more specifically, my extended Twitter network) write [...]


March 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from March 2008: ======================================== Top 10 Most Popular Stories: March 2008 ======================================== 1) Open Letter To Google: Do The Right Thing, Divest Yourself Of Performics - At long last, Google owns DoubleClick. In doing so, the company has done something else that many people would have never believed possible. Become an SEO. That's right -- Google's in the SEO business now, selling services through DoubleClick's Performics to people who want to rank well on -- um -- Google. Conflict of [...]


February 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from Februrary 2008: 1) Microsoft Makes $45 Billion Bid To Buy Yahoo - Microsoft is to bid $31 per share to Yahoo's board of directors to purchase the company, a deal potentially worth $45 billion. Details, some history, and analysis. =================== 2) How To Shout On Social Media Sites Without Screaming - No feature that I can recall in recent memory has polarized the social news sphere more than the ability to mass-alert stories to other users for immediate votes. StumbleUpon has the "send to" feature, Propeller has &quo [...]


January 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from January 2008: 1) 20 Awesome Images Found In Google Maps - The introduction of satellite images into map search interfaces has excited both virtual sightseers and local app developers. Further innovations like Google's Street View have caused consternation from privacy advocates while further pumping up the buzz about online mapping. In 2008, we can expect further innovations that stretch the envelope while dynamic map interfaces solidify as basic table-stakes for all local sites. In gearing up for this year in local search, I thoug [...]


Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories Of 2007

Below are Search Engine Land's 25 most popular stories, in terms of pageviews, during the 2007 calendar year. 1) Google Kills Bush's Miserable Failure Search & Other Google Bombs - After just over two years, Google has finally defused the "Google Bomb" that has returned US President George W. Bush at the top of its results in a search on miserable failure. The move wasn't a post-State Of The Union Address gift for Bush. Instead, it's part of an overall algorithm change designed to stop such mass link pranks from working. (Published January 2007: 130,153 pageviews) ============ [...]


December 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from December 2007: Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from December 2007: 1) Instructions On Tracking Santa With NORAD & Google: The 2007 Edition - I'm a serious Santa Claus tracker. When I was a kid, I used to get Santa updates from NORAD (the US missile tracking people) via the radio. As an adult, I've long used the NORAD Tracks Santa web site to keep up with St. Nick, Father Christmas, or whatever your local name is for the jolly red suited man. This year, Google officially partnered with NORAD, bringing the N [...]


November 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from November 2007: 1) Google Maps Adds Terrain View, Replaces Hybrid View - If you load up Google Maps, you may notice that they have removed the "Hybrid" button and replaced it with "Terrain" and a simulated view of cities or terrain. Here is a live frame of the Google Terrain view of New York City 10010. =================== 2) It’s The (Other) Algorithm, Stupid! Understanding DiggRank - Have you ever wondered what it really takes for a story submitted to Digg to get to the home page? Or why a certain story—eve [...]


October 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from October 2007: 1) Mapping The Southern California Fires - I'm back home (my original home) in Southern California for vacation, and to welcome me back, the Southland is on fire. Ah, just like old times. As I was keeping up with the news, I came across some maps online from Google Earth, Google Maps, Virtual Earth, and elsewhere that I thought I'd share with others. =================== 2) Billboard Showdown: Google 411 Takes On Ask's Algorithm - I'm in the Bay Area this week, and driving down Lombard Street, I brought the car to a h [...]


September 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from September 2007: 1) Google Birthday Logo: Nine Years Old - The Google home page is sporting the special logo celebrating the company's ninth birthday. But wait? Didn't Google just turn 10? Google's domain name turned 10 years old on September 15, but the company itself celebrates its incorporation date in September 1998. But when is that incorporation date: Sept. 7 or Sept. 27? =================== 2) Larryos, Raisin Brin, Porn Flakes & Other Google Cereals - I was at Google last month and did a double-take at the wall art up ne [...]


August 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from August 2007: 1) Google Universal Search Means Looking For Raccoons Is No Longer Family Friendly - A reader tipped me off to this. Search for raccoon, and Google Universal Search puts some pictures up at the top of the page: See it? Third one over? I didn't know a dog and a raccoon could, well... =================== 2) The Right Way To Fix Inaccurate Wikipedia Articles - Suppose your company, boss or political candidate discovers that their Wikipedia article is wrong, or has subtle inaccuracies that nonetheless paint them in an unf [...]


July 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from July 2007: 1) Google To Add "Unavailable After" META Tag - Google is releasing a new META tag named "unavailable_after." The "unavailable_after" tag will allow you to tell Google when Googlebot should no longer crawl that page. =================== 2) SEO Tips & Tactics From A Wikipedia Insider - I am a Wikipedia administrator, and I specialize in complex investigations. Media professionals and Wikipedia volunteers seldom understand each other. So I'll illustrate my perspective with an example: let [...]


June 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from June 2007: 1) Ask Relaunches: Now "Ask 3D" - Ask.com is touting the release of "Ask3D" as a "major leap forward" for search. A bold three-panel interface (taken from the experimental Ask X) integrates more multimedia content, including images, videos, music files, as well as more structured text-based content. It also offers a battery of impressive features – new and existing – to bring more context and help to search results. =================== 2) Google Bad On Privacy? Maybe It's Privacy Interna [...]


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