Cnet covers it (this is old news from last week’s earnings call)
Google-powered ads, which have become a mainstay on Web sites, are now being played on at least one radio station in Detroit. And like so many other Motor City radio products, it won’t be long before they go global. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said in a conference call with analysts last week that the search giant plans to make its radio-ad business generally available within three months.
You probably hate these posts? Why doesn’t Battelle just use Delicious, for goodness sakes? I dunno, call me old school, but here are stories I find noteworthy that happened while I was away last week on vacation:
Microsoft says folks can use Google in Vista.
Google killed its earnings again, Yahoo had less than happy news (delays on YPN, for starters). MSN, meanwhile, reports revenues are down. But Google’s stock didn’t pop. Some folks say the reason is increasing costs. Fred says buy YHOO.
Hitwise breaks down Google properties.
Read this lede from Cnet:
The heads of the nation’s two major spy agencies on Wednesday told Congress that it’s impractical to seek warrants before tracking the global phone and Internet activities of groups like al-Qaida and terrorist sympathizers.
Yep, that pesky Constitution: Impractical. Oh, by the way: are you a “sympathizer”? You sure?
Another great example of their weird acceptance policy, if they even have one that is, is the fact that the Search Engine Watch Blog is included, while John Battelle’s Searchblog isn’t – even though they cover a good deal of the same news.
We’ve seen this discrimination (don’t really know what else to call it) first hand with Metroblogging. Google News includes our Los Angeles art specific blog art.blogging.la, but declined to include the main site www.blogging.la. They claimed it wasn’t original news, but rather covered news reported elsewhere. They specifically asked if we could create a section of the site which highlighted the original news which they could then include in their index. We created the section and then they turned it down again without reason.
I have in fact asked Google why Searchblog isn’t in the Google News index, and the answer is not specific, it’s general – along the lines of “we prefer sites that are run by institutions, not individuals.”
I think this points to a larger issue. Like the original Google index, Google News started pretty quietly, without a lot of concern about the impact it might have on sites it indexed. But as its grown and started to really matter as a source of traffic, the very same concerns which webmasters had about the Google index are surfacing. What do I need to do to be in the index? Why are my competitors there, but not me? How do you rank my stuff? Is Google singling me out?
It’s clear that there is not, as of yet, a well communicated set of policies with regard to how Google makes decisions about what is and isn’t news. And that’s Google’s prerogative. There is no question, however, that the company is making editorial decisions by including or excluding sites. If and when Google begins to make money from the site, however, those policies will have to be clarified. Given how long it’s been around without a business model, it’s fair to say that day may never come.
Update: A posting by Jon Udell of InfoWorld on this topic is worth reading.
G-Maps mobile traffic tracker
Google Maps adds a mobile traffic tracker, as well as allowing users to save routes. Currently only for mobile users (in 30 metro areas, on 100 types of devices), plans are in the works to expand services to online users.
Giants don’t do ‘niche’
A great post on BuzzMachine talks about the need for specialized search, and why that means the burgeoning “Google is not invincible.”
An interview with microformat thought leaders, Tantek Çelik and Rohit Khare, at Wharton.
An addition to the social bookmarking bandwagon. Diigo‘s standout feature is that its a sticky-note and highlighter apps. run as an overlay, in situ on webpages.
David P of BB pointed me to this hilarious site where folks are busy “Web 2’ing” well known corporate logos. Very funny. There are literally hundreds of them, most are really well done. A total send up of the design grammar that has come to say “hip, cutting edge web company.”
Though I’m not sure Google will use this one for external PR, it’s pretty funny, and includes a tour of many Google features (Calendar, Base, Maps, Alerts etc) in the pursuit of one goal:
This article is about using the many Google sites and applications to get yourself a girl and get yourself laid. In it we’re going to use a guy called Johnny McCool. Johnny is a 22 year old Internet nerd. He works as a programmer with some megacorp, went straight from the computer labs in college to the cubicle farm. He needs to get out more and he needs a girlfriend.
(Thanks to Cory J.)
Jay Rosen, a leading thinker w/r/t new media and journalism, has launched the idea of NewAssignment.net. Launched an idea? Yup, he’s postulated a new approach to covering the news, and wants to see if his audience can take it to fruition. Craig Newmark likes what he’s hearing, and has offered to fund the first few stories. From Jay’s post:
In simplest terms, a way to fund high-quality, original reporting, in any medium, through donations to a non-profit called NewAssignment.Net.
The site uses open source methods to develop good assignments and help bring them to completion; it employs professional journalists to carry the project home and set high standards so the work holds up. There are accountability and reputation systems built in that should make the system reliable. The betting is that (some) people will donate to works they can see are going to be great because the open source methods allow for that glimpse ahead.
In this sense it’s not like donating to your local NPR station, because your local NPR station says, “thank you very much, our professionals will take it from here.” And they do that very well. New Assignment says: here’s the story so far. We’ve collected a lot of good information. Add your knowledge and make it better. Add money and make it happen. Work with us if you know things we don’t.