SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 31, 2011

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Twitter Intros Instant Follow Button

    In a bid to increase its presence across the Web, Twitter today announced the “follow button,” a snippet of code that can be placed on any Web site that allows readers logged into Twitter to click and follow instantly. Previously, a Twitter user would have to click-through to the Web site’s Twitter.com page and click [...]

  • Official: Google +1 Button For Websites Comes Tomorrow

    It’s official. Google’s +1 button for websites will be coming tomorrow. A launch partner accidentally tipped the news of the release to TechCrunch, and Google’s since confirmed with me that it will be happening. Google tells me that any site will be able to to add the +1 button code to their site as of [...]

  • What The Link Value Economy Hath Wrought

    It’s often said that paid links have created a false economy. As someone who has admittedly purchased links and contributed to that, I would definitely have to agree. I’ve caught loads of heck for buying links and there have been recent high-profile slaps for sites caught buying links, but what isn’t often discussed is the [...]

  • The Matt Cutts Debunking Flowchart

    I’ve got a long-standing promise to Google’s Matt Cutts that I’d one day do a flowchart to illustrate his decision process about when he decides to debunk some crazy allegation against Google. With a bumper crop of debunking going on by Matt, it’s time to deliver on that promise. Below, the Matt Cutts Debunking Flowchart: [...]

  • Bing Maps Tweaks Streetside, But Silverlight Still Needed For Best Experience

    Bing Maps has added what it’s calling a “significant enhancement” to its Streetside product, but the best version remains the one that’s only available with Microsoft’s Silverlight plugin installed. According to today’s announcement, the Streetside upgrades are both structural and functional. On the structural side, Bing has eliminated what it calls “bubbles” of street-level views [...]

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  • Why PageRank Isn’t A Useful Metric For International Link Building

    Do we need to look at different ways of thinking about Page Rank in international markets — especially when it comes to link building? New data suggests a significant variety of link graphs between countries — which link builders need to build into their strategies and planning.

  • The Difference A Company’s Size Makes In Social Media

    Maybe the size of a company has never been pondered by the employees or consultants who are managing their social media campaigns. However, whether or not a company is considered a small business or a big company can make a significant difference in overall strategy, timeliness, and overall presence on social networks like Facebook, FourSquare, [...]

  • Google Tests New Colorful iPhone Search Design

    PhoneArena.com has screen captures of a new Google search interface designed for the iPhone and maybe other mobile devices, such as Android, Palm Pre and others. The interface uses colorful app-like icons at the top of the search bar, instead of small blue tabbed links on the current interface. It does push down the search [...]

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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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