SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 14, 2009

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • URL Shorteners Come To Google & Facebook

    Google announced a new URL shortening service It doesn’t replace and others because it only works right now with the Google Toolbar (and Feedburner) and you can’t directly access it as you might one of the established tools: Google URL shortener is not a stand-alone service; you can’t use it to shorten links directly. [...]

  • Google Images Testing “Infinite Scroll” Search Results

    Google is testing a new interface for their Image Search feature. The interface allows you to see an infinite number of image results in the search results, simply by scrolling. This works similar to how Bing Image Search currently works, where you do not have to use the pagination to see more results. [...]

  • MapQuest (Finally) Launches Street Views With “360 View”

    We’re more than two years in with street-level photography, although Google was the only game in town for most of that time among the majors. There were also less-well-known independents such as Everyscape and MapJack. Then two weeks ago, Bing made a big splash with a very enhanced Silverlight version of Bing Maps and national [...]

  • Putting The Google Phone (Nexus One) Into Some Perspective

    As everyone knows by now the weekend saw an explosion of interest, speculation and posting around the “Nexus One,” the so-called “Google Phone” predicted first in an article by TheStreet in October and then further exposed by TechCrunch. I wrote two posts this weekend as the story evolved:

    More Detail On Google Phone From A User; [...]

  • Google’s New Years Countdown Via I’m Feeling Lucky

    Google has a fun little search easter egg for the new year. If you go to Google, make sure the search box is empty and click on the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, you will see large numbers counting down under the search box. It is a countdown to new years, which is 1521557 [...]

  • Google Video Adds Cartoon & Slideshow Search Filters

    Google Operating System noticed that Google Video added two search filters to the search options side bar. One option is to filter for videos that are slideshows and the other is to filter for videos that are cartoons. Here is a picture of those new search filters:

    I am not sure how good these [...]

  • Search Engine Marketing & Economic Recovery: Don’t Get Caught Flat-Footed In 2010

    My cat, Walter, runs under the bed when he hears footsteps—even if it’s only the mailman. Being risk-averse to that degree doesn’t make Walter a rational maximizer, so he’d probably make a poor tournament player in bridge or poker. But it does make him a survivor. Natural selection works on the principle of “better,” not necessarily [...]

  • Predictions For The Changing Local Search Landscape In 2010

    To many of us, 2009 couldn’t end soon enough. But today we have fresh optimism about what’s in store for 2010. I sense a cautious sense of hope with everyone I’ve spoken with that the prospects for next year are stronger for local search providers and our advertisers. Since much of local search is [...]

  • More Detail On Google Phone From A User; Makes Droid “So Last Month”

    Somebody (not a Google employee) contacted me just a few minutes ago saying he’d read my Google Phone At Large post and wanted to fill me in. He said he had a chance recently to hold and use the phone, which is an HTC-manufactured device, as all the discussion in the past 36 hours and [...]

  • The “Google Phone” Now At Large?

    TechCrunch is reporting, based on a range of Tweets and chatter, that many Google employees were given an unlocked HTC handset running Android 2.1 as a holiday gift. “It’s beautiful . . . Like an iPhone on beautifying steroids” wax the rapturous Tweets. NOTE: See our follow-up piece, More Detail On Google Phone From A User; [...]

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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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