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SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 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:

  • The Promise & Reality Of Mixing The Social Graph With Search Engines
    I’m having a bad day. Aside from my desktop crashing, we get another spate of "let’s blame SEO" to start my morning off. Robert Scoble uses that theme as a launching pad for a series of videos on how Facebook potentially could be a killer search engine — regardless…

  • Yahoo Takes Beta Label Off New Mail, Adds Features
    Yahoo has taken the “beta” label off its new mail. Here’s an overview from the Yodel Anecdotal blog. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the new features is the inclusion of the capability of sending text messages to mobile phones from Yahoo Mail….

  • Segmenting Local Mobile Search
    Expectations of mobile search and local mobile search in particular are rising. As mobile ad networks form, mobile M&A activity heats up and the search engines pour greater attention and resources into their mobile offerings one could say we’re on the cusp of a new mobile era. Indeed, as…

  • Searchers Trust Google’s Rank Above Abstracts In Search Results
    University students don’t question Google from PC World reports on a recent study named In Google We Trust: Users’ Decisions on Rank, Position, and Relevance. The study surveyed 22 Cornell University students on the Google search results. The conclusion of the study showed that these students trusted Google’s ranking of…

  • Yahoo China & MSN China Sign Controversial “Self-Discipline Pact” With China
    Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government from The Register reports Yahoo China and MSN China have signed a pact with the Chinese government, which “encourages,” as The Register says, bloggers to identify themselves to the companies, which can then be turned over to China. Reporters Without Borders claims…

  • Bloglines Beta To Challenge Google Reader
    Bloglines released a new public beta of their popular web-based RSS reader. The new beta is optimized to run well in Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox. The new beta has several new features including a customizable start page with drag and drop AJAX functionality, three feed viewing options including a…

  • New Local Search Destination Grayboxx Officially Launches
    New local search engine Grayboxx has spent over a year developing a methodology and collecting information that offers “implicit” recommendations or endorsements of local businesses. These are represented as scores, called “neighbor recommendations,” and offer an alternative to more familiar review sites such as Citysearch, Yahoo Local and Yelp. Grayboxx…

  • Spotting Unnatural Linking Patterns
    Last week’s column Aggressively Seeking Links – How Much Is Too Much? sparked several comments and questions. In the past, I’ve hesitated to revisit previous columns, preferring to let them stand on their own, but this time I’d like to make an exception to clarify some of the assertions…

Search News From Around The Web:

Applications & Portal Features

Business Issues


Local, Maps & Mobile

Paid Search & Contextual


SEM Industry


Social Media

Video, Music & Image Search

Web Analytics

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