SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 25, 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:

  • OpenSocial Becomes More Open, Facebook Says No; AOL In Trouble; Court Rules Against Clicking Minors
    The big news today comes from a trio of major Internet brands. Google, Yahoo and News Corp.’s MySpace joined forces to announce that OpenSocial, the social networking platform alternative to Facebook platform, is going to become a non-profit foundation. As such it will have a completely separate management and…
  • Social Media Optimization: Submit it, But Don’t Forget It
    When putting together a social media campaign, you should consider many different things before you actually submit your content. You need to think about creating good social media accounts, quality content, and which social media site to submit to. Finally you get to the point you can submit your…
  • Is Yahoo Hoping For Justice Department Intervention To Stop MicroHoo Merger?
    If you’re getting tired of the relentless back and forth about whether Yahoo has any more options to avoid a Microsoft takeover, so are we. And I would imagine so are Yahoo and Microsoft employees. With News Corp. publicly saying it won’t bid against Microsoft and AOL seemingly fading as…
  • Google Webmaster Central To Host Live Chat Event on Friday
    Adam Lasnik announced the Google Webmaster Central team will be hosting a free live chat event this Friday. The live chat session will enable webmasters to call in and ask questions to Google, while watching Google Webmaster Central members respond to their questions in real time. The live chat session…
  • Google’s Search Box Grows As Needed: Yahoo & Live Search Don’t
    Google Operating System noticed that Google will increase the width of the search box, if your query is long enough to warrant a wider search box. Note, Google does not expand the search box as you type. It only happens after you search. I measured Google’s search box on my…
  • White Spaces: Google’s Second Bite At The Wireless Apple
    Now that the 700MHz auction is over and Verizon and AT&T are the winners of the largest spectrum blocks, Google is placing renewed emphasis on its shared bid for a piece of unlicensed TV “white spaces.” We’ve written about the so-called “white space coalition” previously….
  • Search Illustrated: Link Blazing To The Good Neighborhood
    There are many places and ways to get links to your site. While some are easier than others, it takes time to earn quality links. This week’s infographic visualizes two link paths: one to the good neighborhood and one to the bad….
  • Change Your Address In The Google Plusbox In 5 Simple Steps
    Google’s enhanced listings for local search results are called the “PlusBox” because clicking the plus sign opens an inline box with additional information about a business. Over the past several weeks I’ve written about the problem of erroneous address information appearing in the Google PlusBox (here and here), and recently…

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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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