SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 30, 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 Execs Still At $1/Year, But Company Cuts Other Perks

    Google’s trio of top leaders — co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, plus CEO Eric Schmidt — continued to receive $1 salaries in 2009, but it was a series of other cutbacks that helped the company earn $6.5 billion in profit last year. The AP reports that some of those cutbacks directly impacted Schmidt’s overall compensation: [...]

  • Twitter’s New Home Page Focuses On Content, Users

    Twitter is testing a new home page design that introduces new users to a wider view of the site’s functionality by focusing on specific content and users rather than the more nebulous idea of trending keywords and hashtags. I can’t get the new home page to load, so here’s a look at the screenshot Twitter [...]

  • SMX Advanced Agenda Up – Join Us in Seattle June 8-9

    The Search Marketing Expo – SMX Advanced Seattle agenda is now posted! Check out the agenda-at-a-glance. Fluent in search marketing? SMX Advanced Seattle is for you, with 6 tracks of hard core SEM sessions for experienced search marketers only. This year’s agenda packed with expert-level tips to drive traffic and increase conversions using SEO, paid search, [...]

  • Google, Microsoft, ACLU & Others Push For “Digital Due Process” – No Personal Data Without A Warrant

    A broad coalition of interest groups, non-profits and private companies, including Microsoft, Google, AOL, the ACLU, EFF and others, have come together to set forth four principles that would update Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). That statute was enacted in 1986 and, in the words of Jim Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy at the [...]

  • What You Can Learn About Social Media from Woot.com

    Woot.com redefined deals on the web and created a huge social presence along the way. The Woot blueprint is a great example of how to not only move merchandise but also how to breed raving fans across a variety of mediums. In case you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Woot, they [...]

  • Seven Deadly Link Sins

    If you find yourself in link hell it might be because… 1. You accepted information from the herd. The SEO/SEM industry is becoming cluttered with people trying to make a name for themselves by regurgitating information. Don’t take anything as fact. Test, test and test some more before drawing conclusions or changing how you build links. If a [...]

  • Sency Wants To Keep Real-Time Search Simple

    Evan Britton attended the ‘140′ Twitter conference in Los Angeles last fall, went home and hired a programmer via Craigslist, and days later had launched a real-time search engine called Sency. That’s only possible when you keep things simple, and simplicity is what Britton hopes will distinguish Sency in the growing field of real-time search [...]

  • Avoiding Google’s European Privacy Gaffes

    In many ways Europe and the US are similar, but there’s one key difference that’s essential for search marketers to understand, and that’s the way Europeans and Americans look at privacy. Europeans value privacy over virtually everything else, even before freedom of speech. Not sufficiently recognizing this difference has caused Google to run afoul of [...]

  • OpenOffice.org Is MIA In Bing, But It’s Not Censorship

    The home page of OpenOffice.org, the well-known Microsoft Office competitor, is missing from Microsoft’s Bing search engine. While it sounds suspicious, the problem has nothing to do with Bing itself — it’s a technical problem on OpenOffice.org’s end. Ian McAnerin noticed earlier today that OpenOffice.org doesn’t show up in Bing on searches for [open office] and [...]

  • Lawmakers Want FTC To Investigate Google Buzz

    Google Buzz is having a bad day. I reported earlier about the lack of search interest in Buzz, but there’s a potentially more serious legal problem coming: A group of 11 lawmakers is asking the FTC to investigate whether Google Buzz violated consumer privacy regulations. BusinessWeek reported over the weekend that 11 members of the House [...]

  • Is Google Buzz Dead Already?

    Where’s the buzz on Google Buzz? According to online ad network Chitika, the buzz is gone, dead. Chitika says this is true both in general web searches, as well as search activity across its network of 80,000 sites. Chitika’s blog post explains more, with numbers from its own network: [...]

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