Why Paid Search Is Growing

I was going through some of Safa's presentations on the search market (thanks, Safa!) and found this chart. We already know this, but it's compelling to see it laid so bare:…

I was going through some of Safa’s presentations on the search market (thanks, Safa!) and found this chart. We already know this, but it’s compelling to see it laid so bare:

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Compare Search Results With Jux2

Neat tool that tracks overlap between major search engine results. Don' t miss the background page with stats…I've been in touch with the founder and he is working on making the unique results available with one click on the "Overlap" results to the right. Try the "What am I missing…

Neat tooljux2 that tracks overlap between major search engine results. Don’ t miss the background page with stats…I’ve been in touch with the founder and he is working on making the unique results available with one click on the “Overlap” results to the right. Try the “What am I missing button” – a very cool tool.

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RSS Ads: A Matter of Time

eWeek: Feedster Preps Paid RSS Links. Apparently working with Kanoodle (those guys are busy…) and have a bunch of community soothing features (CC license, $ to charity, etc.). Hey Rafer, give us the real skinny……

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Feedster Preps Paid RSS Links. Apparently working with Kanoodle (those guys are busy…) and have a bunch of community soothing features (CC license, $ to charity, etc.).

Hey Rafer, give us the real skinny…

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EBay Buys Into Craigslist

Back when I went to see Craig Newmark of Craigslist (he's speaking at Web 2.0), I noted how amazingly successful his gem of a company was, and I asked, "Aren't you worried you're going to wake up eBay?" Well, eBay just finished its cup of coffee, and went and bought…

Back when I went to see Craig Newmark of Craigslist (he’s speaking at Web 2.0), I noted how amazingly successful his gem of a company was, and I asked, “Aren’t you worried you’re going to wake up eBay?”

Well, eBay just finished its cup of coffee, and went and bought 25% of Craig’s company.

Here’s Craig’s take on it in his blog. A lot of comments. Apparently a person (not named) that owned equity in Craigslist was the impetus to the deal, not Craig himself.

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Search Numbers

More from Pew. I find it very hard to believe that "Americans conducted 3.9 million searches in June." I think *I* conducted that many in June. I'm checking into it….

More from Pew. I find it very hard to believe that “Americans conducted 3.9 million searches in June.” I think *I* conducted that many in June. I’m checking into it.

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Crediting The Blogosphere

Om rants about how bloggers are not given their due by mainstream media, pointing out that in many cases, the "mainstream media" is the "new media" – places like Cnet.com, et al. As he points out, this is as it ever was, blogs represent a new phase of breaking news….

Om rants about how bloggers are not given their due by mainstream media, pointing out that in many cases, the “mainstream media” is the “new media” – places like Cnet.com, et al. As he points out, this is as it ever was, blogs represent a new phase of breaking news. Rafat and others have long ranted about how “mainstream” journalists steal ideas and scoops from blogs, and it’s certainly true (Rafat’s example is my story on FareChase, in fact). But I rather enjoy the quiet knowledge that our memes are getting out there into the world, and figure credit comes as credit will come… with time. As more and more folks begin to take their writing and reporting seriously in this medium, blogs will break into various evolved forms, one of them being as a source for legitimate news. I have never really seen this blog as a newsmaking endeavor, I don’t strive to break news. When I do, great, but that’s not the point. I vastly prefer to write the Joints-After-Midnight rants based on analysis of the news….but that’s just me. News-driven sites like Rafat’s and Om’s have a valid point.

(Inside Baseball Paragraph Follows:) Om suggests that T’rati or Feedster create a central clearinghouse for news that all of us can monitor, ideally as an RSS feed. I think that’d be great. Anytime any serious blogger is breaking a story, he or she can ping the service. Presto, we’ve got a record of the scoop. Often times a blogger will see an AP story or News.com story that seems to be the original newsbreaker, and link to that story as the originator. But if that blogger has the newscoop service as well, they’ll know who was the real originator, and credit them. Problem solved. What say Scott, Dave?

Cnet and others have a policy of not linking outside of their own site when it comes to their news stories, instead breaking out external links into ghettoized special sections. This will probably not stand in the long term. The good news is that places like Cnet will evolve far faster than the last time we went round this maypole.

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The Memex, The Story, and Searchstreams

"There will always be plenty of things to compute in the detailed affairs of millions of people doing complicated things." – V. Bush We love stories. It's how we understand the world. Were I to tell a friend what happened in tonight's Giants game, I wouldn't send him a box…

vannevar“There will always be plenty of things to compute in the detailed affairs of millions of people doing complicated things.”
– V. Bush

We love stories. It’s how we understand the world. Were I to tell a friend what happened in tonight’s Giants game, I wouldn’t send him a box score (though I might refer to one as I was talking to him). I’d say something like “Man, we looked terrible in the first two innings, our rookie pitcher was tight and we had back-to-back errors resulting in a three-run deficit by the second. But then AJ nailed a three-run homer that put us back in the game, and in the 5th we rang up three more (including Barry’s 689th!). It was all Giants from then on, and JT Snow was on fire …!” and so on. A story is our way of taking a journey and making it portable – we can give it to others, and we’re wired to enjoy both hearing a good story, as well as telling it.

I was thinking about this as I was researching the phrase “tempting fate” this afternoon. I was sure there was some Greek mythology behind it, some base case proof that human beings have always struggled with the question of determinism, the Gods, free will, destiny. At the very least, there had to be a good story behind it, and hell, we love good stories. So what did I do? I fired up Google and started poking around. First it was a simple “tempting fate,” but that was far too broad, not what I was looking for (though it was interesting to see a Google News story about the Athens Olympics). I called my mom, she of all knowledge mythological, and she reminded me that Shakespeare often used the Fates in his work. Armed with this new high order bit, I went back and Googled “The Fates” mythology. I was on to something. I started reading up on the three dieties of Fate, taking turns and twists through references both within Google and from links on the pages I found.

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Full Text of The Interview

Here's Playboy's online teaser for the interview. Funny, the boys' picture didn't make the cover. Huh. The full text of the article is in the S-1A filed today (I bet Hef loves that…get a major scoop, then have the damn thing in a public document the day the magazine hits…

ecomm_magHere’s Playboy’s online teaser for the interview. Funny, the boys’ picture didn’t make the cover. Huh.

The full text of the article is in the S-1A filed today (I bet Hef loves that…get a major scoop, then have the damn thing in a public document the day the magazine hits the newsstands). Scroll to the bottom. Highlights:

On Growth:
PAGE: I worry, but I’ve worried all along. I worried as we got bigger and there were new pressures on the company. It wasn’t so long ago that we were all on one floor. Then we moved to a new, larger office building and were on two floors. We added salespeople. Each change was huge and happened over a very short period of time. I learned you have to pay a lot of attention to any company that’s changing rapidly. When we had about 50 people, we initiated weekly TGIF meetings on Friday afternoons so everyone would know what had happened during the week. But those meetings have broken down because we now have too many people, about 1,000, including many who work in different time zones. We try to have a summation of the week’s work via e-mail, but it’s not the same. When you grow, you continually have to invent new processes. We’ve done a pretty good job keeping up, but it’s an ongoing challenge.

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If Anyone’s Bidding….

…and wants to tell us all about it, leave a comment… On this Friday the 13th….Good luck! Reuters: Bidding process is open. In an amended offering document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission just hours before the auction opened, the company did not indicate whether the latest twist…

happytrader…and wants to tell us all about it, leave a comment… On this Friday the 13th….Good luck!

Reuters: Bidding process is open.

In an amended offering document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission just hours before the auction opened, the company did not indicate whether the latest twist (the Playboy interview) would impede the deal, which has been beset by concerns over market conditions and a series of recent missteps….
…In the filing with the SEC, Google said it does not believe its involvement in the Playboy article constitutes a violation of the “quiet period” rules, but it could be required to buy back the shares sold to investors in the IPO at the original purchase price for a period of one year following the violation.

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Give an Interview in April…

… get a pass in August? When I first heard this interview was coming, last week, I thought "Hmmm…wonder why that's happening." But I did not post on it. Google is not known for doing anything press related without calculating the impact down to the last meme, so it struck…

pboy… get a pass in August?

When I first heard this interview was coming, last week, I thought “Hmmm…wonder why that’s happening.” But I did not post on it. Google is not known for doing anything press related without calculating the impact down to the last meme, so it struck me that they had thought through the implications of a Playboy piece – and the attendant coverage it would create from journalists angry *they* didn’t get the interview. I figured the Playboy interview was given way before the quiet period ever started. I was wrong – it was given in early April – one week before Google filed. Now the SEC is investigating.

Could this be a case where Playboy ran with the interview against the wishes of the company? We may never know, but now the pundits are predicting this might delay the IPO, a la Benioff.

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