Bing Ups Its Twitter Game: Rolls Out Hashtag & Twitter Handle Search Features

bing-twitter-600 Starting this week, Bing users are going to see even more Twitter content in search results. As a result of an exclusive partnership between the two companies that started in 2009, tweets have been showing up in Bing search results for some time. With Bing's latest round of new Twitter-related search features, users now can perform hashtag searches to find topics trending on the social media platform, as well as search for specific Twitter handles and celebrity-related tweets. To find topics currently trending on Twitter via Bing, users can enter a hashtag symbol at the start of a search [...]


Is The Mobile Migration Of Graph Search Upon Us? New Facebook Test Uncovers Mobile Web Integration

Facebook-Search We've been saying that it is just a matter of time for Facebook's Graph Search to make its way to mobile devices. A test spotted yesterday by InsideFacebook shows that the launch may be close. The test shows an in-depth integration for mobile web users that contains the same bells and whistles as the desktop version. The test shows a prompt issued to mobile web users prodding them to search for news and topics. Once a user begins, they can see top results, and break down by people, photos, pages, posts, groups, places, apps and events: The mobile web version appears to have th [...]


With 1 Billion+ Travel Pins, Pinterest Gives Place Search An Upgrade

pinterest-place-search-600 Forget the idea that Pinterest is all about fashion photos, cute animals and inspirational messages. The company says it's now hosting more than a billion Place Pins across four million Place Boards. Together, all this represents more than 300 unique countries and territories. That's a lot of image and board geotagging going on. To make it easier for pinners to find and create all these location-based images and boards, the company announced Place Search improvements today that it says "supercharge" the experience. The primary improvements, says Pinterest engineer Jon Parise, are [...]


Pinterest Is Bringing Guided Search To Desktop Users In The Next Few Weeks

pinterest-guided Pinterest wants to be the search engine that helps people find things that they didn't even know they were looking for. Two months ago, the company rolled out Guided Search on mobile devices and billed it as a revolutionary way for its users to consume and browse Pinterest, which CEO Ben Silbermann called the "world's largest human created collection of things." The initial rollout was mobile focused because 75% of Pinterest usage is on phones and tablets. Today, Pinterest announced that it will push Guided Search to the desktop for English users during the next few weeks. The main [...]


LinkedIn’s New “Galene” Search Platform Offers Broader, More Relevant & Faster Results

linkedin logo Last week, Linkedin announced it had rolled out a newly upgraded search platform Galene, designed to offer broader searches and more relevant results that are now delivered twice as fast. According to the announcement, LinkedIn began building Galene more than a year ago, and is now leveraging it to power the site's multiple search products including People Search, Job Search, LinkedIn Recruiter, and internal applications like customer-service and advertising support. From the announcement: Galene has helped us improve our development culture and forced us to incorporate new development [...]


Pinterest Releases Guided Search, A Visual Discovery Tool For Mobile Devices

pinterest-search-600 Pinterest wants to help its users find what they are looking for even if they don't know what exactly that is. The company's solution, Guided Search, is a predictive search engine powered by social curation. Announced last night at Pinterest's San Francisco headquarters, Guided Search was presented by CEO Ben Silbermann as a breakthrough for people exploring Pinterest, "the world's largest human created collection of things." Regular search is great — the most amazing invention, Silbermann said — but it's best for answering specific questions. Users of Pinterest need something be [...]


Zuckerberg: Facebook Graph Search Is “A Five-Year Thing”

facebook-graph-search-600 It's been more than a year since Facebook introduced Graph Search to the world -- its first foray into developing a serious search product for Facebook users. If you think development of Graph Search has been moving at a snail's pace, you're probably not alone. The rollout to all U.S. Facebook users took about seven months. It was almost nine months from the launch until users could search their status updates. And more than a year later, Graph Search still isn't available on mobile. In a new interview with the New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that all of this i [...]


Twitter Quietly Adds Search For Timelines & Lists

twitter-timeline-search Twitter continues to expand its collection of search filters with the recent addition of search for Timelines and Lists. I'm not aware of any announcement about this, but it's showing up as a search filter on Twitter.com and in the official Twitter apps (both iOS and Android). The option in the left-side navigation says "Timelines," and then once you've selected that search filter, there's a secondary option above the search results to switch between Timelines and Lists. For users, the new filters offer a way to find curated content sources from other Twitter users. In late Jan [...]


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Is Rewarder The Heir Of Google Answers?

search-social-featured There have been a range of "answer engines" or "help engines" (Q&A sites) that have come and gone over the years. Some of them might be considered "social search." Yahoo Answers, Ask.com (more recently focused on Q&A), Answers.com, Askville (Amazon), ChaCha, Keen, JustAnswer/Pearl are among those that remain and still exist. Verticals with Q&A angles are also seeing success because of their more focused content. Pearl, mentioned above, is a paid service that is reportedly doing very well focused on professional advice. But most of the other Q&A sites are struggling. Quor [...]


Quora Kicks Off Verified Profiles With Spotlight On President Barack Obama

Barack Obama Quora profile March 2014 Quora announced new Verified Profiles today, now adding a checkmark to profile pictures of public figures and writers deemed worthy by the site. According to Quora, it doesn't accept verification requests, but instead will determine who gets a verified profile based on whether a "significant percentage of Quora readers recognize the person's name or background and will value confirmation of the person's identity." To kick off the new feature, the site spotlighted President Barack Obama's Quora profile and claimed it will be rolling out more verified profiles during the coming weeks. [...]


How To Choose The Right Social Media Networks For Your B2B Business

social media One of the most important steps in launching a successful social media campaign is choosing the right platform to connect with your audience. For B2B firms, where the social interactions and buyer relationships are more complex than in many B2C contexts, this is especially true. The benefits of social media marketing include brand awareness, building your overall profile with specific audiences, connecting with a broader conversation in your niche, and driving traffic and exposure to your key content. If you want a general background on the relationship between social media and B2B compa [...]


Up-Close @ SMX West: Twitter For Business

Up Close SMX West 2014 Yesterday, I attended a great session on Twitter at SMX West, about using the service for business purposes. It covered everything from a glossary for the beginner to advanced tips for those looking to gain more. For my session review, check out my post on Marketing Land: How To Get Started Using Twitter For Business [...]


Why “Big Data” Won’t Win You The Battle For Online Revenue

Marin Software Revenue Connect With so much attention currently being focused on big data, advertisers are beginning to lose sight of one crucial truth: big data is worthless if it's not the right data. So what is the right data? We all know that the digital advertising landscape has dramatically matured over the past decade, and businesses are now wise to invest in technology that enables marketing sophistication. But, the right data is what makes that marketing sophistication meaningful. It's what marketers use to power more complex, strategic and smarter marketing decisions. It's the data that matters most to your [...]


Facebook Will Launch Graph Search For Mobile “Pretty Soon”

Facebook-Search According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook's recent earnings call, Facebook's Graph Search will hit mobile devices 'pretty soon.' It's now been a full year since Graph Search was launched and mobile integration only makes sense. According to cnet, Zuckerberg stated the following quote in regards to Graph Search on the call: "Pretty soon, I think, you should expect us to roll out the mobile version of this. I think that that's going to be an important step, because most of the usage of Facebook overall is on mobile, so we expect that that's where engagement will really start to c [...]


People, Videos, News: Twitter Adds New Search Filters

twitter-search-featured Earlier today, Twitter announced that it was bringing a number of new search filters to the site. These include: people, photos, videos, news. There are also "people you follow" and "near you" filters that further refine results. If one were to search for "Super Bowl," results could then be filtered by those tweets that incorporated video -- so you could see all the ads that had already been posted and tweeted. The utility of the new filters is fairly self evident. The location filter is very interesting and holds considerable promise for users and for Twitter advertising. For ex [...]


Pinterest Adds Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free & Paleo Filters For Recipe Related Searches

pinterest-icon-logo-250px Pinterest has updated its search features, making it possible to filter for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and paleo ingredients or recipes when performing food-related searches. According to the announcement, Pinterest is rolling out the new search feature on the web now, and has plans to bring it to its mobile site as well. Along with the new food-related search filters, the site has added an "Indulge Me" button to perform searches for "not so healthy" dessert recipes. To use the new search filters, users can search on a specific dish or ingredient, and then click "All recipes" to s [...]


Is Lowe’s The First Brand To Adopt Jelly?

lowes-logo-300px A new social network or online community comes along and every brand has to answer one basic question: Should we be active in this channel? No matter whether you're among the world's biggest brands, or a small home-based business, that's a question you have to wrestle with. Lowe's, the home improvement retailer, appears to have wrestled with that question and answered "yes" when it comes to Jelly, the new social search/Q&A app that just launched last week. Jelly invites users to post questions with a photo attached. From what I've seen during the first week, a lot of questions have b [...]


Facebook Gives Yandex Access To Its Firehose In Return For Improved Presentation Of Its Own Content

yandex_eng_logo-360 (1) Yandex has announced that it has signed a deal with Facebook which will give the leading search engine in Russia access to the Facebook firehose for “public” content published in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, other CIS countries and Turkey, where Yandex also operates. Content will be available for indexing by Yandex as soon as it has published. Yandex already has full access to the Twitter firehose – but the deal is interesting because vKontakte, rather than Facebook is the leading social media site in Russia. This arrangement is designed to give Facebook a much more prominent Russian and [...]


Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Launches New Social Search App Jelly

JellyLogo-WhiteOnTeal Building on the concept, "If you have a questions, there's somebody out there that knows the answer," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and former Twitter colleague Ben Finkel have launched Jelly, a social search app that uses your social networks to deliver results. According to  the announcement today on the company's blog "Jelly is designed to search the group mind of your social networks -- and what goes, around comes around. You may find yourself answering questions as well as asking." Claiming to be a "new way to search," the app can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. Users subm [...]


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