SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 31, 2011

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 Executive Believed Missing After Egypt Protests

    There are several reports that a Google executive based in the Middle East is missing after taking part in the protests in Egypt last week. Wael Ghonim, whose LinkedIn profile says he’s Google’s Head of Marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, tweeted on April 24th that he planned to take part in the [...]

  • Review Sites’ Rancor Rises With Prominence of Google Place Pages

    Friends or enemies? Partners or competitors? Google’s relationship with review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp is as complicated as ever, and the disputes are likely to increase as the search giant pursues mobile and local ambitions that center around its controversial Place pages. The rancor stems from the way Google aggregates content from various review [...]

  • Hot At Sphinn: Traits Of Great Clients, Google Indexing Search Results, All Links Are Paid For & More

    With nine new editors helping to find and publish great Internet marketing stories, Sphinn saw one of its busiest weeks ever last week. Close to 50 articles were published to the home page and many of those saw a lot of comment, Twitter, and Facebook activity. The most commenting activity surrounded our Discussion Of The [...]

  • Luminaries To Discuss The Future Of Search At Bing Event

    Tomorrow in San Francisco Bing and Big Think are hosting a gathering of high profile industry leaders, thinkers, academics, investors and executives to talk about the future of search. Farsight 2011: Beyond the Search Box seeks to answer the question of whether the search industry locked in a race to the bottom or whether conditions [...]

  • Advanced Development Should Be The Future For Yellow Pages

    There’s a lot of discouraging news for the yellow pages industry these days. A combo of unhappy financial numbers mixed with reorganization and layoffs has demoralized many in the industry. Is it “game over” for yellow pages companies? Not necessarily. Not if leadership works on future strategy. A few years ago, I warned the industry [...]

  • 6 Tactics That May Put You At Risk Of Being Banned From AdWords

    Every few months, there is an outcry from advertisers because they received the dreaded notification email from Google – their accounts were banned. Some accounts eventually get reinstated, some companies are never allowed to advertise on Google again. There are several reasons AdWords accounts may get banned; however, most accounts are banned for one of [...]

  • Topsy Social Analytics: Twitter Analytics For The Masses (& Free, Too)

    There are plenty of social analytics tools, but the most full-featured ones are often too expensive (i.e., geared towards enterprise-level users) and the inexpensive ones usually offer limited functionality. And then there’s Topsy Social Analytics, which was just launched this morning and immediately becomes one of the best free Twitter analytics tools I’ve seen. There [...]

  • The Rise And Fall Of Content Farms

    With Demand Media having gone public last week, it is worth taking some time to discuss the future of content farms. Clearly, lots of people are seeing value in the business model, as shown by the street’s willingness to accept the IPO, and the acquistion of Associated Content by Yahoo! last May. But what is [...]

  • SMX West Early Bird Rates Expire End of the Week – Register Now!

    Early Bird Rates for Search Marketing Expo – SMX West expire this Saturday, February 5th. Register now and get 3 days of exceptional content and invaluable industry connections for only $1345. Join us March 8-10 in San Jose, CA for actionable tactics, best practices and strategies for all skill levels – whether you’re a search [...]

  • Google’s Android Now “The World’s Leading Smartphone Platform”: Report

    According to new data released by Canalys, Android shipments in Q4 passed Nokia to put it in the top spot among smartphone operating systems. This does not mean that Android currently has the greatest smartphone market share globally or in the US. What it means is that more Android handsets were shipped in Q4 than [...]

  • DOJ Exploring “Search Fairness” With Google As Rivals Protest Potential ITA Licensing Deal

    On Friday Reuters reported that Google and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) are exploring licensing guarantees as part of a potential “settlement” that would avoid litigation to block Google’s intended purchase of online travel software provider ITA. In addition the report says that the DOJ is also looking closely at issues of “search fairness” [...]

  • Blekko Launches Mobile Apps For iPhone, Android

    I’ll expose my bias up front: I’m a fan of Blekko and its audacious project to make search better. Now the site that bought you the “spam clock,” has launched mobile apps for the iPhone and Android. It’s a logical and even necessary step for Blekko, given the strategic importance of mobile. Registered users can [...]

  • Google Adds Snow Conditions & Interaction Mobile Weather Results

    Google announced two winter features for the Google search results. The first one is a live snapshot of the snow conditions in a particular area. The second is a special new mobile version of weather, which is interaction. Live Snow Conditions: Google now shows you live snow results on the search results for your favorite [...]

  • Google’s “Instant Previews” Now On iOS (iPhone/iPad) Browser

    9to5Mac reports Google’s instant previews is now on Google’s search results on iOS devices. Instant Previews, which was introduced on Google’s desktop results back in November 2010, enables you to see a preview of the web page before you click through to that page. Many iOS users on both iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices [...]

  • A Year Later Even Google Surprised By Success Of Click-To-Call

    A year since it’s introduction even Google is surprised by how successful “Click to Call” has become. “We’re seeing millions of calls every month; it has become a core part of a large number mobile search ad campaigns,” said Google’s Surojit Chatterjee who is in charge of the product. That same phrase — millions of [...]

  • Google Event on Feb 2nd To Showcase Honeycomb, Tablets

    We just got invited to Google’s upcoming Honeycomb (Android 3.0) event and tablet coming out party on February 2 at Google HQ: There will be demos, presumably of several tablets, at the event. We’ve seen the screens and videos. Now we’ll get to see the actual goods. Motorola’s Xoom was the most well-received of the [...]

  • Google, Connecticut-led Coalition Agree To Negotiate WiFi Data Collection Issues

    Google and the Connecticut-led coalition of 40 US states will avoid court and begin negotiations that are aimed at settling issues related to Google’s collection of personal data over unsecured WiFi networks. In a press release issued today (PDF), newly-elected Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says the coalition will not pursue a demand issued last [...]

  • Google’s Legal Woes Not Impacting Brand: Survey

    Google has had its share of negative press coverage over the past year. And one of the questions that reporters always ask is: how will this scandal or that investigation impact the perception or usage of Google in the market? In other words, does something like the WiFi privacy scandal in Europe or the antitrust [...]

Search News From Around The Web:

Applications & Portal Features

Business Issues

Local, Maps & Mobile

Link Building

Paid Search & Contextual



Social Media

Video, Music & Image Search

Recent Hot Items From Sphinn, Our Social News Sharing Site:

  • When Guest Posts Fail – Rhea offers up some great tips on how to overcome the inevitable No's that come with guest post submission efforts.More importantly, in my opinion, she lets it be known that failure is to be expected, which means that resliency is a must.
  • Starting A New SEO Business In 2011? – More than a dozen search professionals delve into the complications of starting an SEO business in this convoluted and highly demanding marketing industry.

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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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