SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 17, 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:

  • Google SVP Rosenberg’s Tome On Social Challenges, The Internet And Google’s Future

    Google’s SVP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg posted yesterday on the Google Blog, turning an internal memo into a public article. He used the occasion of the US President’s Day holiday to discuss Google’s sense of the political and social challenges of the moment as well as a vision for the future of search and [...]

  • GoogleBot Art

    A digital artist named Antonio Lizarazu Balué has created a piece he named GoogleBot. I spotted this via a Matt Cutts Twitter. Here is a low res of the art, but you can see them in better quality at this site.

  • Yahoo Sued For Showing Spam Pages About Beverly

    Eric Goldman uncovered another interesting lawsuit involving Yahoo. This one involves the organic search results showing spam results for a person’s name, where this person is suing Yahoo and Overture for “Lanham Act false endorsement and false designation of origin and violation of Wisconsin’s publicity rights statute and common law privacy rights.” Let me take [...]

  • Yahoo Reorganizes, Rebrands Mobile Offerings As “Yahoo Mobile”

    In Barcelona at the GSMA Mobile World Congress event, which has been mostly about new handsets so far, Yahoo announced what it’s calling “Yahoo Mobile.” I haven’t yet been able to talk to anyone at Yahoo about this, but it appears to be mostly a rebranding and repackaging of existing Yahoo mobile assets, with a [...]

  • Sustainable Link Equity

    Over the course of a Web site’s existence, it will earn a certain amount of link equity, which in simpler terms, is the collection of the links that point to a site at any moment in time. It’s fair to say that in some cases, no matter how fantastic a site’s content is, the links pointing [...]

  • How #uksnow Made Social Media Fun Again

    The start of this month saw the UK hit by the worst snowfall it had seen for nearly 20 years. Whilst the amount of snow involved (about 1 foot at its worst) would barely count as a sprinkling in parts of North America or Scandinavia, it brought the UK’s (mostly 100 year old plus) infrastructure [...]

  • Google Shuts Down Business Pages For Mobile Ads

    Tim Cohn tipped us to his blog post about the end of Google’s Business Pages for Mobile Ads product. When logged into his AdWords account, Tim found this alert: “AdWords Business Pages for mobile ads are being retired. As the first stage, you will no longer be able to edit your mobile Business Page after March [...]

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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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