SearchCap: The Day In Search, Feb. 14, 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:

  • Google Webmaster Central Leaves Beta; Its Blog Gains Comments
    Google Webmaster Central has officially come out of beta, about a year-and-a-half after Google Sitemaps — core of the service later renamed Google Webmaster Central — launched. To celebrate, a new era for Google. The Official Google Webmaster Central Blog becomes the first official Google blog to gain comments. Google…
  • Google Officially Opens Gmail To World
    Google finally makes it official. Gmail is open to all. An announcement on the Official Google Blog confirms what everyone already discovered last week, that Gmail restrictions have been dropped. You still can invite friends and family to use Gmail, like you did before. However, invitations are no longer necessary…
  • Google Earth Adds KML Search Feature
    The Google Maps API Blog announced that Google Earth has added a feature built into the Google Earth application to enable you to search for Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files. KMLs allow developers add elements such as geographic structures and overlays; here are some samples. By searching in Google Earth,…
  • VSearch: Embedded Voice Mobile Local Search
    Voice technology provider VoiceSignal and directory services company INFONXX are launching an "embedded" voice-driven local search product for mobile phones called "VSearch." Available starting in March, the two companies described the service in their announcement this morning:…
  • Google Scores Higher On Forbes Tests
    Google Boosts Its GPA at Forbes rates each of Google’s products and then gives Google an overall GPA (grade point average). Overall, Google did better than last year, gaining a B- rather than a C+. Here is a look at how each product was graded….
  • Eurekster Adds More ‘Wiki’ To Swickis
    Eurekster, the social-vertical search engine, has introduced some new features that make its flagship product Swickis more social. Swickis are social site-search widgets. Eurekster has added "Q&A" functionality to Swickis and the ability for site users to add links directly into the site’s index. And you can now vote on…
  • Google News: Top Of Mind, Even If Not Top Of Traffic
    I’ve often written about how Google News comes under far more criticism and attention than its apparent usage as a news resource, considering other sites like Yahoo News have more traffic. Is Google News the Tail Wagging the News Search Dog? from Greg Jarboe at Search Engine Watch tries to…
  • Google’s Matt Cutts Keynote At SES London
    A Keynote Conversation with Google’s Matt Cutts from Search Engine Roundtable provides live blogging of Google’s Matt Cutts talking to Search Engine Land executive editor Chris Sherman during the keynote at SES London today. Matt covers: Eloping, a nice Valentine’s Day topic His typical day fighting spam Google search algorithm…
  • Google Ads Getting New Google Checkout Badges
    Since Google Checkout was launched last June, merchants in the program who also advertise on Google through Google AdWords have had little Google Checkout shopping cart icons in their ads. Today, Google Checkout announced the icon will be updated to a badge format similar to the Google Checkout buttons…

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