SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 29, 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:

  • SearchBiz: Google And The “M-Word,” Mozilla Engineering VP To Facebook, Flickr Founder Criticizes Yahoo & Digg Confirms Google Rumors (Sort Of)
    The “M-word” has popped up recently several times around Google’s search market share and its paid search deal with Yahoo (now under Justice Department review). Google, of course, doesn’t see itself as a monopoly and is taking pains to distinguish itself from the likes of Microsoft and others who were…
  • Google Maps Cleans Up Its Act
    Google Maps (Earth) is far and away the company’s most successful product after search. It is now the second most popular mapping service online (Mapquest still leads) and the most popular mobile mapping tool (Mapquest Mobile is second), according to comScore. Every few months, it seems, Google “tweaks” the service,…
  • Looking For Old News? Use Google’s News Archive Search
    Today, the Search Engine Roundtable has a post explaining that Google News only shows results for news articles up to thirty-days old. To access any older news content, you must use Google News Archive Search. The thing is, not all Google News sources are included in Google News Archive Search….
  • Google’s Send Mail Server Security Certificate Expires
    It appears that Google’s Gmail SMTP (send mail) server might have let their secure certificate expire. I personally just got notified that the server was not secure, due to the certificate expiring. Here is a screen capture:…
  • Google Logos For NASA’s & Beatrix Potter’s Birthdays
    Today, Google has a special logo up for NASA’s birthday. Yesterday, Google had a logo up for the late Beatrix Potter’s birthday. NASA was established on July 29, 1958. Potter was born on July 28, 1866 and died on December 22, 1943. Here are the logos:…
  • A Comprehensive Look at Digg’s Recommendation Engine
    It’s hard to believe but Digg’s latest feature, the recommendation engine is one that has been in the works for over two years. Before they developed images functionality, launched visualization tools, released Google, Netvibes, and Myspace widgets, developed Facebook functionality, rolled out dataportability enhancements, released updates to the comment…
  • Search Illustrated: The ROI Of SEO
    Organic optimization brings more than just results in the search engines. This week’s infographic shows off the additional benefits and return on investment that comes along with properly optimizing a site and pursuing targeted keywords:…

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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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