SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 20, 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:

  • Yahoo Announces Q1 2010 Earnings: Income Up 87%

    Yahoo announced (PDF) their first quarter 2010 earnings and showed a revenue increase of 1% and income increase of 87% from the first quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of 2010. Revenues were $1,597 million and income from operations was $188 million for the first quarter of 2010. Part of the [...]

  • Google Opens Tool Showing Government Requests For Data

    Google has announced a new tool that makes public the government requests it receives for data and content removal. It’s called Government Requests, and it currently shows requests that Google received between July 1 and December 31, 2009.

    Google admits, in a very detailed FAQ, that the data is not comprehensive. (The tool doesn’t include stats [...]

  • How To Use Social Media Monitoring Tools To Aid Product Development

    To many, the process of developing a successful product can be a mystery. Sometimes companies will spend months of development time to create a product that doesn’t reflect the needs or the scope of its intended market. And other times, successful products are developed completely on accident. Because of this, it can often seem impossible [...]

  • Link Building’s Glass Ceiling

    Any of you who have read any of my posts over the years know I’m a contrarian link builder. I don’t like general directories, I’ve never believed in mass article syndication, I don’t buy links, I don’t like reciprocity for the sake of reciprocity, and I despise press releases purely for the sake of link [...]

  • Ten Countries Want More Privacy From Google

    Google received a letter from “privacy officials” in 10 countries with a list of complaints and demands surrounding privacy. The letter focuses on Buzz and the privacy fiasco that surrounded its launch, as well as StreetView. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

    Buzz is a “hook” for government officials chronically unhappy with Google’s stand on some [...]

  • Google’s Virtual Keyboard Now In Search Bar

    Google is deploying their virtual keyboards on the search results pages for their non-English based search portals. For example, you can see them live at Google Poland and Google Israel and Google Russia, amongst others. Here is a screen capture:

    As you can see, the keyboard icon is next to the search box. [...]

  • Buy Search Indexes Off The Shelf From 80legs

    The startup 80legs launched in September of last year to make web crawling affordable and accessible to anyone that wanted to subscribe to the service. The company makes crawling the web or customized slices of it available to even small companies. More flexible than something like the Google Custom Search Engine, pricing ranges from free [...]

  • Video: The New International Language Of Search

    In this age of video, is it possible that some international marketers would be wise to shift their budgets not to website localization — but to using the moving image? Perhaps video really is the universal language of search!

  • Google Click-To-Call: Keeping It Simple

    Google’s click-to-call offering has received a lot of attention over the past few months, and for good reason. There is great value in offering advertisers an option to track and monetize mobile Internet-driven phone leads. The model allows mobile consumers searching Google to click on the phone number in an ad to auto-dial the advertiser. [...]

  • Google Local Business Center Becomes “Google Places”

    Google has decided to change the name of what was called the “Google Local Business Center” to “Google Places.” The rationale, according to the press release, is to better connect Google Place Pages with the place where local business information is claimed, entered and enhanced: Why? Millions of people use Google every day to find places [...]

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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