SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 27, 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’s “Unavailable After” META Tag Now Live
    Google’s Dan Crow announced today that the unavailable_after META tag is now live and operational. Google To Add “Unavailable After” META Tag from about two weeks ago, explains in detail more about this tag and how it can be used….
  • Search in Pictures: Google Dog Food, Yahoo Blow Up Chairs & Matt At World Camp
    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more….
  • Search Wikia Takes Steps To Crawl; Acquires Grub
    Wikia, Inc., the for-profit company developing the open source search engine Search Wikia, has acquired Grub, a distributed crawler platform, from LookSmart. Distributed crawler? Crawlers are software programs used by search engines to roam the web to discover pages that are then downloaded and indexed for searching. The crawlers operated…
  • Microsoft And Google Moving More Deeply Into Each Others’ Businesses
    Microsoft vows it won’t let its core businesses be undermined by “the cloud.” This article from the NY Times (and related discussion at Techmeme) quotes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saying that Microsoft will compete aggressively with Google and other online alternatives to Office and will offer Web-based versions of all…
  • NY Times Covers Mashups
    The New York Times has a long article on mashups, 3D mapping (in part) and the state of online mapping. It’s a fairly general overview piece, but does a good job of capturing the fact that this is one of the important trends online: visualizing all sorts of data on…
  • Searcharazzi: False Starts; iCrossing’s $62M
    It was about to be one spicy Friday, as Searcharazzi received a call on Thursday from a recruiter looking to replace a top editor in the search space. The conversation went something like this: Recruiter: “Our client is looking to replace the top spot at [name of publication].” Searcharazzi:…
  • New Search Engine Optimization Glossary
    A Complete Glossary of Essential SEO Jargon from SEOmoz has a very comprehensive list of SEO and SEM terms, words and jargon used in the industry with their meanings. It joins several other established glossaries out there: Search Engine Marketing Glossary of Terms, SEMPO SEO Glossary, WebmasterBrain SEO Terms Glossary…
  • “Google Promotion” Box Found On Google Product Search
    Philipp Lenssen reported that Google is now using the Google Promotion label within Google Product Search results, for a promotion of the Google Checkout service above listings. Ionut Alex. Chitu saw this for a product search on watch and sent Philipp a screen capture. I don’t see the promotion box…
  • Report: Google’s “Brand Value” Increases 44%
    Google ‘the most improved brand’ from the BBC covers an Interbrand report showing that Google’s brand has increased in value by 44% over the past 12 months. The 44% increase makes Google the most improved brand when compared to the other brands that were evaluated in this report. Google’s brand…
  • Ad Quality And User Experience: Interview With Google’s Nick Fox And Diane Tang
    When we’re talking about the search user experience, we’re always balancing two sources of information, organic and sponsored listings (at least, for now), with the overall objective of delivering the user the most relevant results based on their query. At this time, nobody has done that more successfully, from…
  • Yahoo Search Adds Travel Shortcuts
    The Yahoo Search Blog has announced that they have added new Yahoo Travel shortcuts. If you search on a travel destination, such as Jerusalem, up comes a shortcut box with travel related information. It looks like this:…
  • Microsoft Buys Ad Exchange AdECN
    Microsoft has announced that it will purchase AdECN, an online ad exchange that competes with Yahoo’s RightMedia and, presumably, the forthcoming DoubleClick exchange. Assuming that the deal goes through and Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick isn’t blocked by regulators, all the major search engines will have extended graphical ad distribution through…

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