Google Shared Stuff

Tony Ruscoe over at Google Blogoscoped has found out that Google has released a new social link sharing service called Google Shared Stuff. If you have a Google account, this service allows you to get started simply by dragging Google's Email / Share button onto the bookmark toolbar in your browser. Once there, all you need to do is click on the button to share any given web page that you have gone to. … [Read more...]

Search Engine Land Announces Sphinn

At 11:00 am today, Third Door Media and Search Engine Land will announce a new social news site known as Sphinn. This site will offer users the ability to submit articles about interactive marketing, search, and social media, and then other users can review those articles and vote on them. As with other social news sites, such as Digg and Reddit articles that receive the most votes will be shown on the … [Read more...]

Interview with Seth Godin

A little over a week ago, I caught up with Seth Godin to talk about the great success of Squidoo. As you might expect, the conversation included a lot of discussion about what makes the web great, and strategies and tactics for making something go viral. Much of Seth's focus with Squidoo was just that - to make it go viral. At the heart of making something viral is providing a participant with a reason … [Read more...]

The Web is a Permanent Record

A short while back the folks at SEO Blackhat published a great post called This will Go Down on Your Permanent Record. You might ask what a self professed "white hat" such as myself was doing rousting around on the SEO Blackhat blog, but the reality is that they I am a fan of the SEO Blackhat blog. They write some great stuff And so it was, with this post. The point they made was that everything you put … [Read more...]

Tomi Poutanen talks about algorithmic and social search

I had a great discussion with Tomi Poutanen last week about the future of algorithmic and social search. Tomi identified 3 challenges faced by algorithmic search: The size of the web they are searching and indexing Subjective queries, such as "what's the best hotel in New York" can't be addressed by algorithmic search The spammers use algotihms too, and there is an inherent arms race between spammers … [Read more...]

Flickr Thumbnails now Showing in Yahoo! Web Search Results

Interesting developments at Flickr and Yahoo! web search. Based on Flickr Interestingness data that the service has been collecting, Yahoo! Web Search is now showing Flickr thumbnails of the most popular photos of popular landmarks, when these landmarks are searched on by users. Here are some examples: Machu Pichu Eifel Tower Great Wall of China Times Square Stonehenge Yes, I had to include a … [Read more...]

The Challenge for Web 2.0 Companies

Aaron Wall offers up some good thoughts on why Most Web 2.0 Companies will Fail. His discussion focuses on the leverage they seem to lack. He ends the post with "The reason most Web2.0 companies will fail is that they are creating entire companies based around a feature to another product, while having no market leverage." And, he is absolutely correct. Features do not result in long term companies. … [Read more...]