SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 25, 2007

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • To Launch Contextual Advertising Product is launching a new sponsored listings contextual product and will go live the week of May 21st. The Ask contextual product will initially launch within IAC’s own network of sites including, Ticketmaster, Evite and Citysearch and will then expand to trusted third party publishers. Individual publishers will most…
  • Google Maps Introduce User-Generated Content
    When Google launched its personalized mapping tool, My Maps, the company said it would soon be integrating user-generated content. It appears that is now happening on many Google Maps searches (hat tip to NLC Marketing Blog)….
  • MapQuest Partners With GM’s OnStar For ‘Send to Car’ Directions
    General Motors’ OnStar Division and MapQuest have announced a partnership (see the video and related info on how it works) that allows OnStar subscribers to plan their trips via MapQuest and then send those directions to their cars. The service is called "Web Destination Entry" and will reportedly be made…
  • Google News Results Now Live In Web Search Results
    As we reported last week, Google is now including news results in web search results when your query terms trigger relevant results. The results are clearly marked with a link for "News results for…" above the news results, as shown here: I’ve asked Google how the new changes will affect…
  • Google: Sued Again Over "Bad" Listing
    Building Contractor Sues Google for Indexing Consumer Complaint from Wired highlights yet another case where a someone wants to sue Google over how they are listed. Cases like these have lost in the past, but people keep trying. In this case, New Jersey building contractor RSA Homes is upset…
  • Windows Vulnerability Exploited Through Google AdWords
    Virus Writers Taint Google Ad Links from the Washington Post covers a report saying that consumers trying to reach some legitimate sites might be getting infected with malicious software when they click on ads at Google. The software tries to "steal passwords and other sensitive information from infected PCs," the…
  • Google To Sell Ads On China Telecom’s Business Directory Sites
    Google to Sell Online Ads on China Telecom Web Sites from Bloomberg reports that Google has won the right to sell ads on 400 local business directory sites owned by China Telecom, China’s biggest internet service provider. This deal is expected to help Google close in on Baidu and Microsoft’s…
  • Intel To Add Google AdWords Marketing Storefront For Resellers
    Google gets in on ‘Intel Inside’ campaign from reports that Google and Intel worked together to build, what I believe to be, an add on to their reseller and channel intranet, enabling resellers to easily market their Intel based computers via Google AdWords. The "co-marketing initiative" should allow these…
  • Live Search’s General Manager Leaves Microsoft
    Via BetaNews, Yet another Microsoft search exec calls it quits from All About Microsoft covers how Microsoft’s Live Search is losing another key executive – general manager Dane Glasgow. Glasgow is said to be leaving for more time with his family and to purse non-profit interests. Former search chief…
  • Solving B-to-B Marketers’ Problems
    In my last column I explored b-to-b marketers’ changing perceptions toward search marketing and predicted a continued trend in rapidly increasing b-to-b search budgets—at the expense of traditional marketing channels. Today I’d like to talk about why this shift is occurring. First, let’s start by looking at the top…
  • Properazzi – A European Property Search Engine
    Properazzi is a multi search engine that scans property websites and provides access to over 1,800,000 properties for sale or rent in 45 European countries. Searchers can limit searches to particular towns or countries, by price, keyword and sale or rental. A Google powered map allows another method of locating…
  • Autonomy To Reclaim Blinkx, Then Spin It Off
    The relationship between enterprise search company Autonomy and video search company Blinkx has always been confusing. now reports that the "weirdly secretive relationship" (I agree) is getting clearer. Autonomy is to exercise an option to take over Blinkx, then appears to be spinning some consumer-facing search technology that its…
  • Google Passes Microsoft For Most Visited Site In The World
    Google surpasses Microsoft as world’s most-visited site from the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Google is now more popular than Microsoft, in terms of worldwide visits. According to comScore, Google had a million visitors more than Microsoft in March 2007. Google had 528 million unique visitors, while Microsoft had 527…
  • The Blogs & Search Blogs With The Most Readers
    Which blogs have the most feed subscribers from Self Made Minds is an excellent rundown on top blogs according to the number of RSS or feed subscribers they have, according to FeedBurner. Search Marketing Blogs by RSS Subscribers from Lee Odden at the Online Marketing Blog takes the idea…
  • Marge Simpson "Googles Herself" & Uses Google Maps
    YouTube has a clip from the popular TV cartoon The Simpsons showing Marge "googling" herself: Here’s the clip itself:…

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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