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Searchme Stacks Rock

June 26, 2008

You may recall the relatively new visual search engine called Searchme which allows you to see graphical snapshots of your search results before you click on a page. The theory here is you can get a better idea about a result if you can see what the page looks like first -- before you click on it. This is useful if a search result is a turn-off and you prefer a different result. Similar to the interface popularized by Apple, you drag a slider bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll through pages.

Goodbye Bill Gates

June 27, 2008

Dear Mr. Gates -- I feel I know you well enough to call you Bill. You see, although we have never met, I feel like I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. I started loving technology while playing Pong and Space Invaders and shortly thereafter I became a BASIC programmer. First of all, thanks for ensuring this language was around and simple enough for a person to easily pick up on his own.

It is unclear what the computing industry would be like if it weren't for you and your company. You seem to have had an uncanny way of beating virtually every competitor your company ever had while you were in charge.

Searching Flash Becomes Easier

July 1, 2008

Until now, if you designed a website in Flash, you were out of luck in terms of SEO. Search engines in fact could not read Flash and this means that even a rich, very targeted site would not come up in search engine results.

You can see that searching is inacurate as many great sites are Flash only.

This is scheduled to change in the future as Adobe has said they will start working with leading search engine companies such as Yahoo! and Google to make the SWF Flash file format readable.

Many in the industry think this is a big deal and I tend to agree.

One of the areas where this move can be most important is in reduced duplication of effort. Many sites which develop in Flash also develop a seperate but equivalent HTML site for SEO reasons. Obviously this is duplicated effort and makes no sense in the long term.







Todd Keefe to Promote ITEXPO West 2008

July 1, 2008

Google's FriendRank

July 4, 2008

Google started in the search business by assigning PageRank to pages -- a term which signified the importance of a page to the search engine. As social networking becomes more important, the search company has now turned is eyes to a sort of FriendRank -- the concept of determining how influential a person is in terms of their social network online.

Once the rank is determined, the technology which Google is looking to patent allows the center of the social networking circle to receive financial incentives in exchange for the rights to show ads to the person's social networking friends. Think of this as Adsense for social networks and it shows how the internet is becoming increasingly democratized.

You see, it is possible for a single person to have tens of thousands of social networking friends and Google and other advertising networks will pay large sums of money to get in front of these friends. This evolution of internet advertising shows how it evolves continually and rapidly.

If you aren't paying attention, it can easily pass you by.





The Local Starbucks is Closed

July 19, 2008

If you were wondering whether your favorite Starbucks will be one of the 600 stores the company is about to close, the entire list (PDF) of stores to be closed has been made available.

California will see just under 90 stores shut down while Florida and Texas just under 60. TMC's home state of Connecticut will lose five stores -- the closest is about ten miles away from TMC and a store I have never visited. Digium will lose one store in its home city of Huntsville, Al (Madison Square Mall), Manhattan will lose six and Southhampton is the only location in the prestigious Hamtons to be whacked. Expect stores to close early next year.

There have been petitions circulaing to save specific locations and government officials are trying to persuade the company not to shut certain stores.

What I find amazing about these incidents is that many used to complian that Starbucks killed off the local coffee shop and made coffeee a chain-like experience.





ITEXPO: Exhibits 90% Sold Out

July 21, 2008



There has been more interest in ITEXPO Fall 2008, Los Angeles, CA September 16-18 than any other Internet Telephony Conference & Expo I can remember in recent years. It seems people are beginning to realize this show is the only major IP communications event left -- it is growing quickly and it draws attendees from around the world.

If you are looking to reach service providers, enterprise customers, SMBs, resellers or the communications industry at large -- you should consider being at this show.

A participating companies list I picked up from an upcoming TMC press release is as follows but really, every important company in telecom will be represented in multiple ways. (please do not get offended if your company is not here. If I added all participating companies -- my readers would get fired because they would spend their work day trying to get through it all -- instead of getting their jobs done).





Road Warrior Bible

July 27, 2008

Cuil Analysis

July 30, 2008

I am impressed with aspects of Cuil like the user interface but sadly, this search engine is not the Google killer that many (including the company) had hoped. I launched the new search engine with the same level of excitement in fact I had when I tried Searchme last year.

Just like Searchme, I believe the Cuil user interface is different enough from Google to appeal to a wide audience. The problem with both of the new search engines is that they aren't very accurate and the results that come back from Cuil seem way off base regardless of search term.

Tom Keating mentioned this as well and so did Luca Filigheddu and Erick Schonfeld. Luca shows that it is not just Google doing better than Cuil but all search engines are more accurate than this start-up founded by ex-Googlers.

So are we destined to have Google be our primary search engine forever? Possibly.





Search Engine Note to Self

August 4, 2008

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