SearchCap: The Day In Search, September 27, 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:

  • Microsoft Introduces New Live Search Index, Adds Features In Effort To Close ‘Relevancy Gap’ And Improve User Experience
    Compete and Nielsen show Microsoft gaining search share over the summer, while comScore and Hitwise show the company losing share. Regardless of these numbers, however, Microsoft is confident that the search engine it’s reintroducing tonight in conjunction with its Searchification event will be a substantial improvement of the current version…
  • Live Blogging: Microsoft Searchification Day 2007
    I’m sitting at the Microsoft conference center for Searchification Day. We’re within walking distance from the Googleplex, where I was for Google Searchology Day just a few short months ago. Searchology was all about Google’s unveiling of universal search, and interestingly, today could be seen as Live’s answer to that….
  • Google Birthday Logo: Nine Years Old
    The Google home page is sporting the special logo above, celebrating the company’s ninth birthday, with one of the Gs turned into a nine. But wait? Didn’t Google just turn 10? Google Is 10 Years Old? Finding The Real Google Birthday that I posted earlier this month covers how…
  • Listen To The Google-DoubleClick Hearings Live
    If you have curiosity, a vested interest or just have a lot of time on your hands, you can listen live to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings today considering the implications of the intended acquisition of DoubleClick by Google (courtesy of Gary Price, who has instructions on a couple…
  • Should a Small Business Blog?
    More and more small businesses are starting blogs on the Web, and it’s a positive development, if done correctly. One of the benefits is the chance for business owners to hold a conversation with potential clients, and with people who may be interested the services, or goods that the…
  • Marchex Relaunches OpenList As Broad Local Search Destination
    Marchex has been making lots of moves in local lately. It recently acquired VoiceStar to add PPCall and call tracking functionality to its advertising capabilities. It launched 100,000 local content sites featuring search and browse functionality, making an otherwise static domain portfolio into a much more compelling local and vertical…
  • Yahoo Podcasts To Close; The Sorry State Of Podcast Search
    Sigh. As someone who produces a podcast — and who has enjoyed searching for podcasts when going on roadtrips — I don’t get why podcast search isn’t more supported by the major search engines. Yahoo Podcasts, rolled out with promise back in October 2005, now sports a message at the…
  • Avoiding Clueless-Is As Clueless-Does SEO
    Sometimes I think SEOs have lost the plot. Not all SEOs, mind you, but many, especially the newbies. It’s like they don’t understand the reason for doing the SEO things that they know they need to do. I think many walk around with a checklist of SEO-type duties and…
  • Search People In Video From Reuters
    Greg recently mentioned that Reuters have launched a new video/people search engine powered by Viewdle, and I’ve been playing around with it. While it has some drawbacks (currently it’s only possible to search through 612 hours of footage held by Reuters), it has a lot of features that I like….
  • Google Maps Causes US Navy To Change Its Swastika Building
    You have to feel a bit sorry for the US Navy. They have a building in California that looks like a swastika from the air. But who looks at buildings from the air? Until Google Maps popularized easy access to aerial views, only the occasional bored air traveler. But…
  • Search Marketing Expo – SMX Coming to Stockholm & London – Register Now & Save
    Join the Search Engine Land editorial team and their guests for SMX Stockholm (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) or for SMX London (Nov. 15-16). Register today and you’ll save 20% off the on-site registration rate – but do it now because this offer ends soon! Driving traffic is critical to internet business…
  • Google To Keynote At SMX Local & Mobile
    I’m delighted to announce that Michael T. Jones, Chief Technologist, Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Local Search, will be delivering the keynote address on Monday at our inaugural SMX Local & Mobile Conference in Denver. Michael will be offering an inside look at Google’s various local and mapping…

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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