SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 12, 2012

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • To Understand Google Favoritism, Think “If Google+ Were YouTube”

    Google’s favoritism of Google+ in its new Search Plus results is just the latest in the line of favoritism it has done with vertical search? It’s not, because Google hasn’t really favored itself with vertical search. It is favoring itself with Google+, and that’s why things are so disturbing. Vertical Search Is What Search Engines [...]

  • Foursquare Launches “Personalized Search For The Real World”

    Foursquare is introducing what it calls “personalized search for the real world” on its recently redesigned website. What that means as a practical matter is the introduction of the “Explore” feature, better keyword search and several new filters that enable users to drill down in search results. We can now, without hesitation, now call Foursquare [...]

  • Google Swallows Hard, Renews Effort In China

    Google has had a tumultuous and ambivalent relationship with China, reflecting an internal debate about the importance of the vast market to Google’s future revenues and the compromises involved in operating there. Yet the literal and figurative bottom line is that it’s all but impossible for a US public company to resist the lure of [...]

  • Big Chains Launch “Hulu For Hotels”

    Several major hotel chains have launched what might be described as “Hulu for hotels,” a new travel search site called Roomkey. According to Tnooz, the consortium includes Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Marriott and Wyndham Hotels. Starwood, operator of Sheraton and W hotels, is not among them. Hotels have been struggling for years to get [...]

  • Google Search App For Android Updated

    Google announced on the Google Mobile Blog that they have updated the Google Search App for Android. The new update makes it easier and faster for searchers to use. The new additions include: New color scheme and simplified UI Faster Enhanced suggestions and query editing Better localized suggestions and search results for more countries Long [...]

  • 5 Tips For Optimal Mobile Site Indexing

    It’s probably a sign of the times, but lately I have been fielding a lot of questions regarding SEO for mobile websites. Because there are so many ways to build a mobile site and because there are such a variety of mobile devices, one area that really piques my interest is mobile site indexing. There [...]

  • SearchWeek: January 9, 2012

    Search Week is an exclusive weekly newsletter for Search Engine Land premium members that recaps stories covered on Search Engine Land over the past week. Below are top stories organized by topic that happened over the past week. Each topic (or Search Engine Land column) is also a link, where you can click through and [...]

  • Google “Search Plus” Impact on Local: Limited So Far

    Amid all the controversy that has erupted over Google’s new search personalization (Search Plus Your World), I’ve been doing local searches to see what if any impact it’s having on that arena. So far, in my unscientific query survey, the impact seems to be minor. Below are some examples where I toggle between personalized and [...]

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