SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 7, 2008

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Ask Launches BigNews
    Ask has just launched a new search service called BigNews, similar to Google News with a side of Digg. It uses something called "BigFactor" to rank stories (using signals like freshness, impact, quantity of multimedia, and amount of related discussion), provides category clusters, and lets you browse by top Diggs…
  • If You Like Digg, You’ll Love Ask’s Big News
    As Vanessa noted, has revamped its news aggregation service, adding lots of bells and whistles and a few useful features. Most notably, Ask has embraced the social media tenet that you need others to tell you how important a news story is, with its new "BigFactor" ratings. Like Google…
  • Google News’ New Local Angle
    Just as Ask is introducing "BigNews," Google is offering local news. The Google News Blog says that the new capabilities allow users to "create a local section for any city, state or country in the world." As the Google News Blog admits, Google isn’t the first to do this.…
  • Searching For Southern Tornado Maps
    Now that you can search for user-generated content more easily on Google Maps, I checked to see if people had been creating and sharing information about the tornadoes that tragically tore through the Southern US states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. Surprisingly, there wasn’t much there in contrast to…
  • Microsoft Acquires 3-D Modeling Software Company Caligari
    Adding to its already impressive portfolio of mapping tools and capabilities, Microsoft has acquired 3-D modeling software company Caligari. The group will be a part of the Virtual Earth team, apparently, but the software is equally used for gaming and game development. Microsoft already had powerful 3-D modeling capabilities and…
  • SEO & SEM Outside The U.S.—Tips & Advice
    As many SEO/SEM professionals already know, marketing to people outside of the United States presents many challenges. Search usability is quite different due to language nuances, variations in color psychology, and allocation of screen real estate, among other things. Where are the best places for a search engine optimizer…
  • Does Online Video Pay? And How Much, Exactly?
    Grant Crowell’s article on about video promotions through Internet Yellow Page programs raises a point that’s probably on the mind of any serious marketer. The hype surrounding online video is deafening, and getting louder: its bizarre mix of content, the experiments by mainstream broadcasters, the sporadic announcements of success…
  • January 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories
    Below are Search Engine Land’s 10 most popular stories from January 2008:…
  • Search Month: January 2008 Search News, In Review
    Search Month is a monthly newsletter that recaps stories covered on Search Engine Land over the past month. It’s also available by feed here. Below, news about Search Engine Land itself, then our 10 most popular stories from January 2008, then a major story for various search topics along with…

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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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