Search Engine Land’s 10 most popular
stories from May 2007:
1) Google 2.0: Google
Universal Search – Google is undertaking the most radical change to its
search results ever, introducing a "Universal Search" system that will blend
listings from its news, video, images, local and book search engines among those
it gathers from crawling web pages.
2) Google’s New
Navigational Links: An Illustrated Guide – After months of testing,
Google is rolling out new ways to navigate within its search results and between
different Google properties. Here’s an illustrated guide to the old and new.
3) Google Says
Stephen Colbert Is No Longer The Greatest Living American – Sadness,
Colbert fans! Last month, I reported in Google Declares Stephen Colbert As
Greatest Living American how Stephen Colbert had defied Google’s link bombing
defenses and rose to be the greatest living American, according to a search for
those words at Google. Today, it is no longer so. Google has dissed Colbert.
Personalized Search And You – Yesterday was "Google Personalization
Day." We spent roughly two hours touring the history of personalized search at
Google, the genesis of these products and getting a glimpse of where it all
might be going.
5) Class Action Suit
Filed Against Yahoo Over "Defective" Search Ad Platform – Lerach
Coughlin, a law firm with a reputation for going after companies who have
allegedly engaged in financial shenanigans, has filed a class action lawsuit
against Yahoo, charging "Yahoo and certain of its officers and directors with
violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934." Essentially, the suit claims
that Yahoo’s search advertising technology was "operationally defective" and
that Yahoo officials misled both advertisers and investors about the company’s
advertising capabilities, especially when compared with competitors.
6) Google & Dell’s
Revenue-Generating URL Error Pages Drawing Fire – Last year, Google
signed a landmark deal to become the default search engine on new Dell
computers, plus to bundle Google software. Now, people are noting anew that a
consequence of the deal seems to be pushing Dell users to search results
dominated by Google ads, rather than editorial listings.
7) Google Meme: Hot
Trends Added To Google Trends – Google has launched a meme-like feature
to Google Trends. The Google Trends home page now has a section named "Hot
Trends," which shows the hottest queries for the day. You can also look back
historically and see the hottest queries for that day.
8) Goodbye Yahoo
Photos; Yahoo Loves Flickr More – Yahoo is to close its popular Yahoo
Photos service completely in the coming months, telling people to either switch
to Flickr or leave to a number of other competing photo sharing services.
9) Yahoo Supports New
Robots-Nocontent Tag To Block Indexing Within A Page – For over a
decade, search engines have supported standards allowing you to prevent pages
from being spidered or included within a search index. Today, Yahoo now supports
a new twist — a way to flag that part of your page shouldn’t be included in an
index. It’s called the robots-nocontent tag.
10) Google Searchology
Day: Recap Of Announcements – It’s Searchology Day today at Google,
where the company is devoting time to look at the past, present and future of
search at Google.
To see all of our most popular stories over time, visit our
Popular Stories page.