SearchCap: The Day In Search, November 20, 2007

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Are Your Customers Looking For A Problem?
    The main problem with marketing is it’s too much marketing and not enough problem—your customer’s problem. Too often, we focus on our product instead of what our customer needs. Instead of trumpeting how great our products are, the Internet rewards companies that let their customers come to them. And just…
  • The Social Media Manual: Read Before You Play
    I get so many questions from people about Digg, Propeller, Reddit, Stumbleupon and other social news sites every day, that I decided to write this little “manual” as something to read before you jump in head first into any social site, and to keep by your side as you…
  • Search Illustrated: Video Optimization
    Compelling video content can potentially open the door to site traffic, targeted visitors, and increased brand awareness. But, are the videos on your site easy for search engines and prospective customers to find? Today’s infographic demonstrates some quick and easy steps for optimizing videos:…
  • Corporate Logos From Space: KFC Edition
    The Google Earth Blog has a humorous discussion of the “world’s largest KFC logo” in the Nevada desert. KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken, the US-based fast-food chain. This stunt is about being visible in satellite mapping applications (such as Google Earth) and takes the rooftop logo craze to new…
  • Open Letter To Senators Hatch & Kohl About Google-DoubleClick
    Today, US senators Herb Kohl and Orrin Hatch published a letter (PDF) urging the US Federal Trade Commission to carefully consider the proposed Google-DoubleClick deal. Sure, who doesn’t agree with a careful review? But sadly, the letter gets a lot of things wrong, which is alarming coming out of the…
  • Flickr Adds Places, Redesigns Map Explorer
    Flickr, which previously offered users the ability to search for photos by location or see photos clustered and arrayed on a map, is going further down this path. The company is revamping Flickr’s map explorer and introducing a new service called “Places.” Places are pages dedicated to, well, specific places…
  • Shopping Engine Retrevo Redesigns, Offers Electronics “Recommendations” To Users
    Just in time for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc., consumer electronics shopping engine Retrevo has redesigned and now says it’s using artificial intelligence, along the lines of dating sites like eHarmony, to find the perfect “match” between consumers and their would-be electronics purchases. The site seeks to simplify electronics shopping…
  • Top Senators Warn FTC To Review DoubleClick Google Deal Carefully
    Senators Urge FTC To Review Google-DoubleClick Deal Closely from SmartMoney reports Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have urged the Federal Trade Commission to closely review the details and implications of Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick. In a letter written by the Senators to the FTC, they wrote:…

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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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