20 Jul

Search engines tremble

No week without the big four search engines movements and trembles.

Ask Jeeves (owner of Ask.com and Ask.co.uk search Web sites, algorithmic search engine technology Teoma, AJkids, and Bloglines, the Excite, iWon, MySearch, MyWay, and MyWebSearch properties, MaxOnline online advertising network, and Fun Web Products adware purveyor) was just bought by IAC/InterActiveCorp for an estimated $1.85 billion all-stock deal, less the cash and equivalents. IAC/InterActiveCorp, who already owns huge and well known on-line brands as CitySearch, Entertainment Publications, Evite, Home Shopping Network, LendingTree, Gifts.com, Zero Degrees, Match.com, Udate.com, and Ticketmaster, plans to grow Ask Jeeves by placing a search bar on Web pages of IAC’s other sites that attract 44 million unique visitors, and expects many of them to use the Ask Jeeves search bar instead of going to another site to conduct a search, such as Google.

Meanwhile MSN unveiled its adCenter and a beta version of its MSN Shopping Beta.Yahoo is not loosing time and aquires the web-based photo sharing company Flickr well recognised service which allows its users to upload digital photos from computers and camera phones and accumulate them into albums that can be posted on blogs and easily shared with other users. Yahoo also announced that starting April it will giving in the mail storage arms race and will offer 1 gigabyte of mail to its users to keep up with Google’s offering.

With all its competitors moving big, Google’s only news last week is the dropping France Presse news agency from its Google News Service after the frech sue them over pulling together photos and story excerpts from its website.

20 Jul

Search Engines War

Well, after Microsoft was engaged, with or without its wish, in the IE vs. Firefox Browsers War, it seems that the Redmont guys just play hard.

Today Microsoft just launched its own improved MSN Search engine. Google, on the other hand, just annouced that they nearly doubled the web pages they have in their index to 8 billion (and here is the answer to all the webmasters wondering what happened with the intense Googlebot activity last week). Now, this is a war to follow up!:)

UPDATE: Search wars – which is the best?, an interesting BBC comparison of the major search engines on the market.

20 Jul

Improve your Google Search Results

With consumers disclosing their most intimate secrets online (voluntarily!), Google has essentially created a ‘domestic database’, i.e. a world-wide database loaded with your customers’ details and profiles, with a depth of information your company’s database can only dream of. So it seems that more and more companies are taking the chance and use Google to search for their customers (and not only) on-line.

On the other hand, a recent study shows that men talk to their search engines more than their girlfriends, work colleagues or even their families.

So, here is a Google Cheatsheet that will help you improve your googling and probably save some time online.