Ads On Google Maps Now Show In New Scrolling List View, In-Map Ads Get A New Look

Ads On Google Maps Google has formally announced that it is surfacing and displaying ads on Google Maps and Google Maps for Mobile in the scrolling list view it debuted recently. The ads appear above the organic listings and can include location extensions and call extensions. Location extensions are what allow advertisers to include ratings, store hours and the Street View image of the business in their ads. Location extensions also enable businesses to be spotlighted with an in-map ad, or an ad marker. The in-map ad shows an offer or description and can be expanded to show more business information. [...]


It Will Take “Act Of God” For Relcy To Win In Mobile Search

mobile-apps-search-featured Last week TechCrunch profiled a "stealth" startup called Relcy, which is seeking to build a "native" search engine for mobile. The post mentions the company has raised $9 million in funding so far. In an interview with the site, founder Rohit Satapathy says his company is developing a "PageRank" style approach to mobile search but fully indexing in-app content. Apparently it goes beyond app-based content and will also provide additional relevant results from a knowledge-graph style index of "entities." Satapathy told the TechCrunch writer that Relcy will offer a mobile search experience "th [...]


Find Cat Pictures Quicker: Imgur Rolls Out A New Look With Advanced Image Search

Imgur The wildly popular image host, Imgur, has new duds and some powerful search tools that can help users identify viral images quicker than ever. Thanks to new image tagging, advanced search, Imgur may become a platform in which users frequent first, rather than find via a social posting. The first thing to notice to the new look  Imgur is the opening filter that allows users to sort by a variety of attributes including virality, time, points and popularity. Images are then displayed as thumbnails with scoring and comments appearing upon a hover. The biggest change that could do wonder [...]


YP’s “Mybook” Makes Local Search More Social

YP app demo Local search provider YP has been investing in its mobile app, doing brand advertising and generally seeking ways to better compete with rivals such as Google, Foursquare and Yelp. It doesn't have the reach of Google or the content of Yelp but with its mybook feature the company may have found a way. MyBook was soft-launched in 2013 and formally announced earlier this year. It's a cross-platform list-making and favorites tool. When signed in users can save business listings and make lists in different categories. That personalized content can be accessed from any device. Now it can [...]


Bing Adds Khan Academy Courses & Book Finding Results

Bing logo large Bing has added two new search features for the school break season. (1) The ability to search for free online courses offered by the Khan Academy. (2) The ability to search for books that you can buy online, pick up at a local library and/or view fully online. Khan Academy Courses On Bing Through the Bing knowledge repository, Bing has indexed Khan Academy courses and then mapped the courses relationships with popular subjects. So now when you search for a particular school subject, such as [geometry], Bing will show you "popular online courses" that you can attend online for free. [...]


RIP Technorati Blog Search & Rankings: The Once Popular Blog Tools Have Been Sunset

Technorati-Top-100 Technorati was once the go to source for blog search and blogger discovery thanks to their authority scores, top lists and blog claiming processes. The Technorati Authority score was a status symbol, something that companies fought hard to improve. At the end of May, Technorati quietly announced that they were taking the company in another direction - one geared toward publishing and advertising instead of blogs. Over the years, Google overtook the blog search provider which constantly re-invented itself, bringing about rankings in 2007. These rankings eventually powered other r [...]


LinkedIn Beefs Up Their Job Search Resume With The Addition Of A New Standalone IPhone App

Apply It's true, LinkedIn has become a leader in the job search space with their Talent Solutions offerings pulling in 275.9 million dollars in Q1 this year. To further their foothold, LinkedIn has launched a new stand-alone job app for the iPhone dubbed LinkedIn Job Search. LinkedIn Job Search App for iPhone from LinkedIn While it may seem odd to apply for jobs via an app, the implementation is quite intuitive and easy-to-use. Users can search by job title, keyword or location then filter by proximity, most recent and most relevant. Still didn't find what you were searching for? Additional [...]


Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps

Amazon Maps logo The emerging consensus from the early "hands on" or "first look" reviews is that the Amazon Fire Phone has some novel and interesting features but that it doesn't measure up, overall, to the iPhone or "true Android" devices. I've argued that Amazon missed the boat with its high-end pricing. Interestingly, there has been almost no talk about search on the Fire. Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and other Google apps are not present in the Amazon Store. Users can still get to Google services on a browser of course. But Amazon has erected barriers to using Google on its devices. Among them [...]


Starwood’s “SPG For Glass” App Brings Hotel Search To Google Glass

spg-glass-640 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the latest travel brand to land on Google Glass. The company has launched a Glass app called SPG for Glass that's now available for Explorers in the official Glassware app directory. Starwood becomes the first major hospitality brand with a Google Glass app. SPG stands for "Starwood Preferred Guest," the company's loyalty program. Non-members can install the app, but in my limited testing, the hotel search didn't work unless I first connected my SPG account during the install process. If you don't have an account, the installer offers a link to create one [...]


Founder: OpenStreetMap Already As Good Or Better Than Google Maps

phone-map-featured Steve Coast founded OpenStreetMap (OSM) in the UK in 2004. It's 10 years old this year. He was inspired by the Wikipedia model and compelled by a lack of available map and location data in the UK at that time. Coast now works for GPS navigation company Telenav, which owns location-based mobile ad network Thinknear. Not long ago Telenav also acquired Europe-based skobbler, which built a popular consumer-navigation app on top of OSM data. Telenav offers an equivalent, free consumer navigation/local search in Scout. The two apps are being merged later this year. Earlier this week Tele [...]


Shopper FOMO – What Is It & Are You Dealing With It Appropriately?

FOMOKIDSWIthFOMO FOMO, or "fear of missing out," is something that is playing an increasingly significant role in today's digitally connected world. Wikipedia defines it as follows: Fear of missing out or FOMO is a form of social anxiety -- a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event. This is especially associated with modern technologies such as mobile phones and social networking services. The web has provided us with more options and possibilities than ever before -- but the downside to having a seeming [...]


Flickr Makes Creative Commons Image Search Easier

flickr-cc-search Flickr has quietly rolled out a change to its search interface that makes it a lot easier to find images that are licensed through Creative Commons. There's a new "License" dropdown menu that shows at the top of the search results page, as shown above. It brings Creative Commons search filters right to the user, including "Commercial use allowed" and "Modifications allowed." Publishers and content marketers often rely on these kinds of images to supplement articles and marketing materials. Before the new dropdown, Creative Commons searching was only available through Flickr's Advance [...]


FindTheBest Launches Real Estate Search, Taking On Zillow And Trulia

FindTheBest Homes FindTheBest is a structured data directory or discovery tool for comparing products, services and entities in a wide array of categories such as Travel, Health, Education, Finance and Home & Garden among others. It looks very much like a "search engine" but founder Kevin O’Connor argues it's much more efficient and effective than general search because of the wealth of structured data under the hood. The site has evolved considerably over the course of its four years of existence. To distinguish it from conventional search it was initially called a "decision engine" (like Bing) an [...]


How To Save URLs To The Wayback Machine On Demand

2014-05-12_17-15-54 Yesterday, Search Engine Land featured a post about the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine now providing access to more than 440 billion archived web pages back to 1996. As I've written about before on Search Engine Land and my infoDOCKET blog, the Wayback Machine is an absolutely essential resource for just about every web user. If you've been using Wayback since it debuted, you probably remember that the lag time for material (new pages and updates) to become accessible used to be six months or longer. However, in the past couple of years this has also dramatically improved. In F [...]


Wayback Machine Adds 160 Billion Indexed Pages In A Year, Surpasses 400 Billion Indexed Pages

wayback_logo The Internet Archive announced that the Wayback Machine, a huge internet archive of web pages dating back to 1996, has surpassed 400 billion pages indexed. In January 2013, a little over a year ago, the Wayback Machine said they had 240 billion URLs indexed and since then, they have added another 160 billion URLs! That brings up the indexed page count by the Wayback Machine to over 400 billion URLs. On Friday, the Internet Archive announced this on their blog and said the indexed pages date back from late 1996 up until a few hours ago. Then they shared some of their history: 2001 – [...]


App Annie Adds New Tools For Better App SEO, Paid Visibility

mobile-apps-search-featured App Annie, which offers app store analytics, is announcing new features and capabilities for mobile app publishers and developers this morning. The company is adding more ad network data and analytics; it's also offering new tools to help boost App Store Optimization (ASO). Both of these are directed toward what might be called app-user acquisition optimization: one being paid and the other organic. Below are company provided screens showing the ASO and paid dashboards: The company's ASO tools will reveal keywords and queries used for app discovery. It's also designed to help develop [...]


Namecheap Upgrades Its Domain Name Search Interface

namecheap Namecheap announced that is has upgraded its search functionality, aiming to streamline the process of finding, tracking and purchasing domain names. Now users searching for available domains on Namecheap are presented with a cleaner-looking interface, with domains placed into three extension tabs: Popular, New and International. Those tabs can be drag-and-drop reordered, and users can save prospective picks to be investigated later by favoriting them. The bulk search process has also been simplified. "At Namecheap we are constantly looking at ways to give our customers the absolu [...]


Foursquare To Move Check-ins Into “Swarm” App, To Focus Better On Local Discovery

fsq-swarm-app-600 Foursquare is doing something surprising, even radical. It's removing some of the legacy features (i.e., check-ins) from its app and moving them over to a new app called Swarm (available soon). Check-ins, sharing and friend finding will now reside in Swarm, and Foursquare will evolve in a bid for further mainstream adoption to challenge Yelp and Google in local. The company has been doing a lot of sophisticated work around personalization and local discovery, and is increasingly using a range of signals that are alternatives to check-ins. In other words the check-in has become expendable [...]


Recce’s Cool Animated 3D Maps Now Available Via SDK

Recce I'm a big fan of independent mapping platform Recce. The company has created a unique, animated UI that's very different from those offered by Apple, Google, Bing, Nokia/Here and Mapquest. That UI and all the company's data are available to third party developers through an SDK. The SDK is available for both iOS and Android and offers: Streams data in on demand Caching of data on the device The same immersive maps as in the Recce app The company is calling its SDK and third party tools the "eeGeo Map Platform." They were recently used to build maps in Japan by NTT DOCOMO. The [...]


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 [...]


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