SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 20, 2009

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Ex-Googler: Google Depends Too Much On Data Over Instinct For Design

    Does Google depend too much on data over design instinct? Yes, says former Googler Douglas Bowman, who posted a goodbye note to the company on his last day there today. From his post: Without a person at (or near) the helm who thoroughly understands the principles and elements of Design, a company eventually runs out of [...]

  • Microsoft IE8 Browser Seeks To ‘Accelerate’ Searching, Yahoo Adds ‘Visual Shortcuts’ To Search Box

    Microsoft’s new browser IE 8 is now in general release. There are loads of features, which I won’t go into at length. Danny did a preliminary overview of the search and ad-related features of IE8 already, which I’m sure he’ll revisit at some point. And the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg offers a generally favorable [...]

  • Search In Pictures: St. Patrick’s Day, Mozilla With Google & Schmidt With Charlie Rose

    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. Eric Schmidt with Charlie Rose:

    Google & Mozilla:

    St Patricks Day at Yahoo:

    PHP Stuffed Animal at Yahoo! Dome in [...]

  • Spring Is Here, Search Engine Logos For The Day

    Today in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the first day of Spring. The search engines, excluding Yahoo, have special logos for the day. Let me share them with you. Google’s logo was designed by Eric Carle:

    AOL has a Flash animated logo:

  • How Live Search Penalties Work

    The Live Search blog posted a comprehensive guide on how to determine if your site is penalized in Live Search and if so, what actions you can take to remedy the issue. I’ll highlight some of the key points in this excellent blog post.

    Microsoft said, “most webmasters who get penalized know why it happened.” First [...]

  • Getting Links AND Content From Flickr

    You can get more than just links from social media. You can also get really great content. And one of the best places to find free content is on Flickr. There are tons of ways to use Flickr. If you can take a great photo, you can use Flickr to build inbound links and get your [...]

  • Hey Usability Professionals: Get With The SEO Program

    For over 10 years, I have been trying to convince my clients, colleagues, friends, family, and my 2 cats that SEO and website usability go hand in hand, that they are intricately related. And I have even chastised colleagues and clients for not considering users during the optimization process. I have seen many of my [...]

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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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