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June 2009

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Michael Jackson Dies and Takes the Internet with Him

June 26, 2009

A handful of the largest sites were brought down last night by the surge of traffic that ensued after news of the death of the King of Pop hit the wires.

Google went down for over a half hour for some users due to the weight of traffic, and many were receiving the message "Your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application".  The search term "Michael Jackson Died" had bombarded Google's servers so fast, so frequently, and in such a volume that it's automated system shut down the keyword.  It wasn't until the term was manually released that users could receive their news on M.J.'s death again.  Google trends described the "Hotness" of the search term as volcanic: http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?q=michael+jackson+died&date=2009-6-26&sa=X  7 of the top 10 searches had something to do with Michael Jackson throughout the day.



The Michael Jackson Wikipedia page also had to be brought down do to the increased traffic and the bombardment of requests to update the page. 





Bing Isn't Too Friendly to Other Search Engines

June 16, 2009

I found an interesting feature of Bing this afternoon.

First, go to Google and do a search for Bing.  My search found about 47,800,000 results and displayed the first 10.  Now do a search for Yahoo!.  This search turned up about 2,460,000,000 results for me. 

SEO for Bing

June 15, 2009

Hooray another search engine... sorry "decision engine" according to Microsoft.  What's does Bing mean for people like me?  New rules, new headaches, and more importantly new research.  While it's still a fledgling at this point, Bing has sparked enough interest to make me actually care about trying to devote extra effort into gaining ranking somewhere other than Google, which still holds 60% of the search engine market share.

Don't get me wrong, I always try to rank everywhere. 

Poor Web Design

June 12, 2009

What is poor web design?  How can you tell it's not good?  Why does it matter?  How do I fix it?  These are a few of the questions I'm asked on a weekly basis by clients and sponsors. 

Verizon Redeems Itself with 4.7.0.148

June 5, 2009

If you read this blog semi-frequently, you know about my love / hate relationship with my BlackBerry Storm.  I'm normally fairly quick at announcing my reaction to the latest releases regarding this phone, but I purposely did not announce the release of BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.148 last Sunday.

Why you ask?  Because I don't trust Verizon anymore, and I didn't want to suggest downloading anything that could drive a BlackBerry Storm user closer to launching this phone off a cliff.  I wanted to put in a few days of testing and see if this really is the update we were all waiting for.