SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 12, 2010

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google: We May Remove Buzz From Gmail

    Google says it may end the marriage between Buzz and Gmail. That may be a welcome move from users of both products, especially in light of the substantial privacy concerns voiced this week about Google Buzz. Danny Sullivan has spoken with Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of Product Marketing, about some of the Buzz issues at [...]

  • Nielsen: Bing Regains December’s Losses In January

    Search share numbers regularly go up and down a percent here and a percent there; that’s normal. So no surprise that Bing’s January share, as reported by Nielsen, wiped out its drop from December. Here’s the January chart: [...]

  • Google’s Sergey Brin Talking China At TED

    At the TED conference in Southern California, host Chris Anderson held an impromptu Q&A with Google cofounder Sergey Brin on Google’s decision to leave China. Anderson started out asking Brin to recount what happened. A presentation about the GhostNet spying network had just concluded, and Brin said Google found they’d been targeted in a similar way. [...]

  • SearchWeek: February 8, 2010

    Search Week is an exclusive weekly newsletter for Search Engine Land premium members that recaps stories covered on Search Engine Land over the past week. Below are top stories organized by topic that happened over the past week. Each topic (or Search Engine Land column) is also a link, where [...]

  • User Generated Content Offfers Significant SEO Benefits

    User-generated product review content has proven effective at increasing conversion in online retail. But can this form of social media also be optimized to increase organic search reach and traffic?

  • A Guide To Choosing Your Paid Search Management Tool

    For SEM pros, a search management tool is one of the most important pieces of technologies they own, so it’s obviously critical to have the best tool for the job. I’ve referenced Bonnie Jo Davis’s list of the ten capabilities a PPC management tool must have before in this column, but let’s review again. Paid search [...]

  • Google Tweaks Mobile Search, Adds Olympics Onebox, Yahoo Offers Dedicated Mobile Olympics Site

    Google has made some subtle changes to its mobile homepage and searchbox. As the Google Mobile Blog explains: [...]

  • Vancouver Olympics Logos From Google & Others

    The Olympics are just around the corner and Google has their widest ever logo on their home page this morning, for the special event that kicks off tonight in Vancouver. Here is a picture of the special Google Winter Olympics logo: [...]

  • Google AdWords Now Offering “Bid Ideas”

    The Google AdWords Blog announced a new feature was added to the Opportunities Tab in the AdWords console. The new feature is named “Bid Ideas” and it gives you suggestions on if you should increase or decrease your bids on certain keywords. [...]

  • Yahoo Founders To Sell Up To 5 Million Shares

    paidContent.org reports Yahoo’s founders will be selling up to 5 million shares of Yahoo stock. The SEC filing shows that Jerry Yang, the former CEO, will be selling 3 million shares and David Filo will sell up to 2 million shares. Overall, in the scheme of how many shares both own, 5 million shares of [...]

  • Google Offers Beta Features In New “Maps Labs”

    Microsoft introduced some impressive new features and imagery in Bing Maps at the TED conference yesterday. With its new Silverlight version Bing has advanced online maps to a kind of “next level” (albeit one right now for power users perhaps) that jumps ahead of Google in terms of innovation (i.e., deep zoom, Photosynth integration, video [...]

  • Information Architects Are From Venus, SEOs Are From Mars

    An SEO professional’s spin on information architecture can lead website owners down the wrong path. Learn 3 mistakes to avoid when creating an effective IA.

  • Bing Demos StreetSide With Flickr Photos, Live Video & “Bing Sky”

    Today at the TED conference in Southern California, Microsoft’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated a new crowdsourced-version Bing Maps that integrates photos and even live video that is shared by others. Microsoft will also soon launch what we’ve dubbed “Bing Sky,” the ability to use Bing to look up in the sky and see what’s [...]

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