SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 24, 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:

  • From NORAD Santa Tracker To Twitter: Santa Tracking For Christmas Eve 2009

    Merry Christmas! Christmas Eve, that is, and you know what that means. Santa Claus is coming to town! How long until he arrives? Can you spot him in flight? Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus, and he can be tracked. Below, a round-up of Santa trackers. Most of the ones below come from NORAD, the [...]

  • Christmas ‘09 Logos From Google & Others

    As many of you know, Google started their holiday logo blitz earlier this week. Google has now posted four of (I believe) five logos they have for the holidays. We also have logos from Yahoo, Bing, Ask, DogPile, Baidu and many other search engines and search industry web sites. I wanted to [...]

  • Do You Know What Your Customers Say About Your Business?

    Do you ever read reviews of companies you do business with? Do you read product reviews before buying a new camera, vacuum cleaner, or computer? If so, you are not alone! According to Lynn Terry on, 90% of consumers use reviews at least some of the time when planning purchases. That being said, as [...]

  • Yahoo Top News Site, Google Second; People Spending More Time With Fewer Sites

    According to November comScore data (published by TechCrunch) Google News is the second largest online news property in the world in terms of traffic. Yahoo ranks as the top global news site. Here’s the partial comScore list:

    Yahoo News Google News New York Times sites CNN China’s BBC MSN

    In the US Yahoo still ranks as number one but Google News reportedly [...]

  • AOL To Cut Staff By One-Third

    In a Security and Exchange document filed on Tuesday night, AOL plans on cutting about one-third of their staff, about 2,300 people. The filing said, “the Restructuring will include the reduction of approximately a third of the Company’s current employee base, which will be conducted on a voluntary and involuntary basis.” AOL became an independent [...]

  • Fun Stats: 28% Of Sites Use Google Analytics; 5% Have Facebook Or Twitter Links

    Factual has analyzed data from 4 million web sites and provided a holiday gift for stats junkies. Did you know 5% of pages have either a Twitter or Facebook link? Or that 28% of sites run Google Analytics? Or 12% of them run Google AdSense? Now you do! The core data comes from CommonCrawl, a non-profit [...]

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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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