SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 24, 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:

  • Report: Microsoft Taking On Google Street View With “GeoSynth”

    Since it was introduced more than two years ago, Microsoft’s innovative Photosynth technology has been “under-leveraged.” I’ve written a number of times about Photosynth and its potential. Now, according to an article in Fast Company, Microsoft is going to compete more aggressively with Google StreetView by soliciting user-generated photos and then geotagging and Photosynthing them. [...]

  • BioNumbers – Specialty Biology Answer Search Engine

    Today, I met with Dr. Ron Milo who works in the field of plant sciences at Weizmann Institute in Israel, who showed me a specialty search engine project he built from the ground up named BioNumbers. In short, BioNumbers is a collection of common biological numbers that is useful to one’s research. For [...]

  • Google Insights For Search Adds Valuable New Features

    Three new features just announced this week will make the already valuable Google Insights for Search an even stronger keyword research tool. Here’s a look at what’s been added: 1.) New data sources

    In addition to web search, you can now do keyword research for Image, News, and Product search, too. This opens up new opportunities for different [...]

  • Search Veteran Gerry Campbell Becomes CEO Of “Real-Time” Search Engine Collecta

    Gerry Campbell was at Alta Vista and later spent several years in the search unit of AOL before joining Reuters as “President/Global Head of Search & Content Technologies.” Among other roles, he was an advisor to Summize, acquired last year by Twitter. And now Campbell has joined “real-time” search service Collecta as CEO. Collecta hasn’t launched [...]

  • Google Implements ‘Orion’ Technology, Improves Search Refinements & Adds Longer Snippets

    Google is announcing two changes to search results this morning. The first involves the use of longer “snippets” (text extracts containing the keywords) when users input queries of three words or more. The objective is to provide more context to help the user determine if the site is worth visiting. Many search engines have attempted [...]

  • How To Avoid The Link Vacuum Effect

    I recently came across a post explaining why Twitter isn’t great for SEO. This quote in particular really got to me: “In addition to being a nofollow vacuum, Twitter has the danger of becoming a linking vacuum. In the ideal scenario, people will find a link on Twitter and then link the post in their own [...]

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