While I do not attempt to recap all the news that happens in the industry of search and social media here on this blog mostly due to the fact that there are many others that do it quite well, I have published a Weekly Rap-up for some time now. It has been a good way to highlight some of the top stories and blog posts that are put out each week. Now we are doing away with the Weekly Rap-up and in its place will publish a “Daily Finds in the World of Search & Social Media.”
A summary of search and social media related news items that occurred this week including Yahoo is set to launch a social news site called ‘Yahoo! Buzz’ which will directly compete with Digg, social news site Mixx will add new feature called ‘Related items’ that will allow users to cluster related stories, Search Engine Journal launches a jobs board, Microsoft increases storage space on their Windows Live Skydrive service, and finally, the European Union declares that search engines must comply with EU privacy rules.
A summary of search and social media related news items that occurred this week including Microsoft responds to Yahoo’s rejection of their offer of acquisition, Search Engine Watch has launches jobs board, giving in to privacy concerns of its users, Facebook makes it easier for users to permanently delete their profiles, Google begins to test video ads on its search results pages, and finally amiss Microsoft’s attempt to takeover Yahoo, Yahoo re-launches their video portal which now includes new features and more exclusive content such as sports, movies, and music.
A summary of search and social media related news items that occurred this week including Google objects to a Microsoft/Yahoo merger and Microsoft fires back their opinion of that, MySpace opens up its platform to a select number of developers, social news site Mixx adds private mail and group message boards, Ask launches a social news aggregator called Bignews, and finally, Amazon quietly launches product Ads which allows Web merchants to buy cost-per-click ads which are then linked to specific product searches.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Twitter tracking Tweetmeme arrives – a new service that finds new Twitter content and tracks who else is talking about it, Microsoft becomes the exclusive provider of paid and contextual ads for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, Yahoo will cut 1,000 jobs after Q4 earnings report brings mixed reviews, Click Forensics reports that click fraud has risen to 15% in 2007, and finally, Microsoft makes $44.6 billion bid to fully acquire Yahoo!.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including IncrediMail is back in Google’s favor – their AdSense privileges have been restored, Pownce, a “Twitter plus” type of service, is now open to the public after six months in beta mode, a new real estate search engine called Roost launches with full MLS listings in more than a dozen cities, Google is to eliminate domain tasting for AdSense, and finally a fun post from North South Media that looks at eleven prominent individuals in the world of search and guesses what their action figures might look like.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Google disables IncrediMail’s AdSense account and stock drops over 45%, wireless spectrum bidders approved and auction will begin on January 24th, popular Internet marketing social news site Sphinn to add ‘bury’ or ‘DeSphinn’ function so users can vote down stories, China closes in on the United States as far as number of Internet users they have, and finally, Microsoft expands their adCenter content network to include non-Microsoft properties.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Wikipedia launched Wikia Search which most reviewers found disappointing, Chris Winfield provides 10 simple steps to social media success in 2008, network Solutions provides another reason to hate them with their newly instituted practice of automatically registering domain names users search for and then hijacking the price, Ask’s CEO Jim Lanzone leaves the company to join venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures, and finally, Google introduces Google Checkout Trends which provides insight into what people are buying and selling online.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Vanessa Fox reviews the 2007 war on paid links, a new service called Twitter Stats allows you to graph your Twitter usage, human powered search engine ChaCha launches mobile text search, and finally, Jennifer Laycock recommend Firefox extension that will highlight links that are nofollowed.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Wikia Search launches in private beta with public launch to occur by January 7th, Tamar Weinberg puts together a list of over 250 best Internet marketing posts of 2007, Wal-Mart is now offering “cheap” SEM services after their movie download service fails, and finally, R.I.P. for the Netscape Browser as AOL announces they will no longer support it.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including T-Mobile blocking Twitter updates to cell phones was a technical glitch rather than on purpose, Ask-owned Bloglines unveils three new features, Microsoft has secured a $500 million advertising deal with MTV owned Viacom, the FTC gives the green light for the Google / DoubleClick deal to go through, and finally, Danny Sullivan and Barry Schwartz launch as Search Engine News application for Facebook.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Microsoft to be the exclusive third party ad provider for CNBC.com, Ask launches AskEraser privacy feature, Mahalo, the human powered search engine has added social networking features, Movable Type releases open source version of their blogging platform, Flickr pro users now have the option of seeing statistics of how their images are being accessed and used, and finally, Google is private testing a new knowledge sharing service called Knol.